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Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma – Concert 5 of 10th Anniversary Season – “Bright Virtuosi”

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Oklahoma City’s own Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present two performances of the fifth concert of its 10th anniversary season, “Bright Tales,” April 22-23, organizers said.


The program features virtuoso works by the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, the German composer Carl Maria von Weber, and the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


The works on the program are: Zoltán Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 8; Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, op. 34 for two violins, viola, cello and clarinet; and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet in D Minor, “Souvenir de Florence,” op. 70 for two violins, two violas and two cellos.


Seven Brightmusic musicians will appear at this concert: Gregory Lee and Hal Grossman (violin), Royce McLarry and Mark Neumann (viola), Jonathan Ruck and Tomasz Zieba (cello), and Chad Burrow (clarinet).


Violin: Dr. Gregory Lee, Associate Professor of Violin, University of Oklahoma; Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. Gregory regularly performs with the OU faculty ensembles Holmberg String Quartet and Oklahoma Chamber Players. BM, The Julliard School; MM and DMA, University of Michigan.


Violin: Hal Grossman, Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma; Concertmaster of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (Chicago). Hal regularly performs with the OU faculty ensembles Holmberg String Quartet and Oklahoma Chamber Players. BM, University of Michigan; MM, Eastman School of Music.


Viola: Royce McLarry, Associate faculty member for violin and viola at Oklahoma Christian University; Principal Violist of the OKC Philharmonic and Lawton Philharmonic Orchestras. BM, Oklahoma City University; graduate studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Viola: Dr. Mark Neumann, Associate Professor of Viola, University of Oklahoma; violist with the OKC Philharmonic Orchestra. Mark regularly performs with the OU faculty ensembles Holmberg String Quartet and Oklahoma Chamber Players. BM and MM, University of Victoria; Advanced Certificate and DMA, The Julliard School.


Cello: Dr. Jonathan Ruck, Assistant Professor of Cello, University of Oklahoma; Principal Cellist with the OKC Philharmonic Orchestra. Jon regularly performs with the OU faculty ensembles Holmberg String Quartet and Oklahoma Chamber Players. BM, MM and DMA, Indiana University.
Cello: Tomasz Zieba, Instructor of Cello at Oklahoma City University; Associate Principal Cellist of the OKC Philharmonic. BM, Texas Christian University; Artist Certificate and MM, Southern Methodist University.


Clarinet: Chad Burrow, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, University of Michigan; former Principal Clarinetist, OKC Philharmonic Orchestra. Chad is the clarinetist in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Clarion and the violin-clarinet-piano ensemble Trio Solari. BM, Northwestern University; MM, Yale University. Co-Artistic Director of Brightmusic.


Musical Works to Be Performed


Zoltán Kodály, Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 7: Kodály (1881-1967) was a Hungarian nationalist composer


He composed his Duo for Violin and Cello in 1914 at the beginning of World War I, but it was not publicly performed until 1924. This three-movement duo, in the traditional fast-slow-fast pattern, has become one of the most important works in the repertoire for violin and cello.


Carl Maria von Weber, Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, op. 34 (for clarinet, two violins, viola and cello): Weber (1786-1826) “was the first of the true Romantics and one of the greatest pianists and conductors of his era, He wrote his clarinet quintet in 1815.


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, String Sextet in D Minor, “Souvenir de Florence,” op. 70 (for two violins, two violas and two cellos): Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) is probably the most popular, if not the greatest, Russian composer.
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