Posted by Kimberly Powell on 04/27/2015

Performance Oklahoma





 The Dream of America

Wednesday evening only!


On Saturday, March 28th the OKC Philharmonic presented their 7th Classics concert of the season, offering a program celebrating the American immigrant experience.  Featuring the 9th Symphony of Antonin Dvorak and one of the most popular works in the 21st century American orchestral repertoire, Ellis Island:  The Dream of America by Peter Boyer, the orchestra led by music director Joel Levine was joined by Jeanie Cooper Sholer, Ben Hall, Meg Shideler, Scott Hynes, Kelsey Milbourn, Curtis Shideler and Mary Gordon Taft with direction by Harry Parker.  The work explores the immigrant experience through a multimedia presentation that involves actors and projections in addition to live musical performance with texts derived from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, which collected stories told by persons who came to the United States from foreign shores.  For this work Boyer selected seven of these personal histories related by immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island from during the period 1910-40 and crafted monologues out of their own words. Their tales trace journeys from Poland, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Ireland, and Russia, the episodes being separated by orchestral interludes. The work concludes with Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus” (“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …”), which is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty. 


The Magic Flute from OK Mozart!

Saturday morning only



Celebrating their 30th anniversary season this past June, the OK Mozart International Festival presented a semi-staged concert performance of Mozart’s final masterpiece opera, The Magic Flute, a work in which the composer most successfully translated his ideals into music of extraordinary clarity and beauty.   Sung in English the performance featured soloists drawn from across Oklahoma and the US,  the Amici NY Orchestra, and the Bartlesville Choral Society conducted by the Festival’s artistic director Constantine Kitsopoulos.  Written in 1791, the year of his death, and though overwhelmed by many adversities, Mozart found great joy in working on the opera which is now regarded as one of the greatest in the repertory.  Well beyond the symbolism and esoteric intent,  the opera contains some of the finest vocal music Mozart ever produced, a mix of appealing popular tunes, charming and eloquent arias, solemn drama and bel canto display. 


Performance Oklahoma is heard each week on Wednesday evening at 8pm and Saturday morning at 8am on Classical KUCO and Saturday evening at 8pm on Classical KWTU



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