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OKM’s “Especially for Kids” Held July 13-18 Hit All The Right Notes

Posted: August 14, 2020

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (August 13, 2020) - Promoting youth music education drives the OKM Music mission, and the children’s music festival held July 13-18 delivered a variety of events for all ages.
“OKM Music offered seven days of children’s activities including musical story time, magic and ventriloquy, music-themed art projects, a Disney Song Box bingo, adventures with the violin, two piano sessions, and a wonderful Princess Tea,” said Rose Hammerschmidt, OKM’s Director of Children’s Programming.
Most of the children’s activities took place at OKM Music’s Ambler Hall. While children attended in small groups throughout the day, children were also able to attend online via live streaming. For those attending, temperatures were taken, children were provided masks, hand sanitizer, and were socially distanced from each other for everyone’s safety.
During the week of July 13-18, over 2,400 attended either in-person or by viewing online through OKM’s social media platforms. Interested families can visit the OKM Music website:
okmmusic.org/childrensevents/ where they can view the listed live streamed events and participate at home.
• Violin Adventures with Adam Lodrigueza
• “Secrets of the Vegetable Garden” and “Once Upon a Timely” with Moriah Ross
• “Melody’s Mostly Musical Day” with Pianist Jenny Lin
• Storytime and Piano with Ms. Foote
• “Dan the Taxi Man” with Moriah Ross
• Magic with Jim Green
“The week was amazing, and the children really had a great time,” says Hammerschmidt.
Many friends who normally attend the annual children’s events were unable to attend this year’s festivities due to Covid-19. However, OKM Music has partnered with a couple of these organizations: the Westside Community Center and First Friends at First Presbyterian Church to allow children the opportunity to watch the “Especially for Kids” live-streamed events. OKM Music delivered over 40 craft bags to both organizations for these youth to participate. The use of live stream technology has really opened the world to so
many possibilities.
Based in Bartlesville, Okla., the 36th Annual OKM Music Festival has reformatted its Festival scheduled for September 4-10. Due to restrictions on indoor seating and the need for physical distancing, OKM will not be hosting any indoor concerts or ticketed outdoor concerts that could potentially be moved indoors due to inclement weather. Festival performances include Tina Guo, live stream concert on Sept.5 at 2:00 p.m., Dallas String Quartet, live stream concert on Sept. 6 at 2:00 p.m., and the free Finale at Tower Center at Unity Square on Sept. 10 at 6:00 p.m. featuring the Clark Gibson Quintet and Balsam Range.

All showcase concerts have been postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19. Main stage performances:
Canadian Brass, Jack Settle, Dallas Brass, Tina Guo, Grady Nichols, and Wynona Wang have been postponed to the 37th OKM Festival, June 2021. Verona Quartet has been postponed as a future performance and the University of Oklahoma Symphony performance scheduled for October 4, has been cancelled for 2020 with hopes of rescheduling in 2021.
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Photo:
Moriah Ross smiles with OKM attendees during a musical story time event.

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