OKM MUSIC: Mozart Snapshots and Mozart Café
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Join OKM from June 9-13 each morning at 9:00 a.m. in Ambler Hall (415 S Dewey, Suite 101) to watch pre-recorded Mozart Snapshots from OKM Music’s Sister City, Salzburg, Austria hosted by the beautifully talented pianist Katie Mahan. Half of the Snapshot will feature Ms. Mahan sharing the history of Mozart while the second half will feature her performing diversified Mozart compositions. There will be coffee and pastries as you watch Mozart’s music come life during this Showcase event which is FREE to all ages.
Praised as “one of the most outstanding talents coming up today,” American pianist Katie Mahan is capturing the attention of audiences throughout the world for her innovative musical personality, poetic interpretations, and graceful, charming stage presence. A multi-faceted artist for whom music is an endless passion, Katie is at home in a broad repertoire ranging from Bach to Poulenc, and is particularly distinguished as an interpreter of the music of George Gershwin and Claude Debussy – performing her own daring, exciting solo piano arrangements to standing ovations across the globe.
Mahan’s life has always been filled with music, and at the age of four, inspired by attending a performance of Gershwin’s An American in Paris given by the famous French piano duo, Katia & Marielle Labèque, she decided that she wanted to be a concert pianist. She subsequently began piano studies with her mother, Bobette Mahan, giving her first solo recital two years later at the age of six. An American in Paris opened the door to the vast world of classical music for Mahan, and her love of Gershwin quickly led her to discover the music of Debussy and Ravel, the French composers that Gershwin idolized. Although Mahan’s music now takes her all over the world, she never forgets her American heritage, and the great American composer who inspired her to become a pianist.
Mahan was a protégé of Howard Waltz (a student of the legendary French pianist Robert Casadesus) and studied with Robert Spillman at the University of Colorado College of Music where she graduated with highest honors. In addition to performing, Mahan devotes her time and talent to the support of various humanitarian, medical, and educational causes. In 2014, Mahan founded the Katie Mahan Foundation “Music for a Bright Tomorrow” whose objective is to promote classical music and to inspire giving through music. Mahan is a Steinway artist and was awarded the Classic Superstar 2008 award by the Berliner Salon.
For more information, call 918-886-9900 or go to www.okmmusic.org.