Posted by Kimberly Powell on 06/01/2015

Performance Oklahoma





 Sun-Drenched Celebrations!


Wednesday only


On Saturday, May 2nd the OKC Philharmonic under the baton of music director Joel Levine offered its final Classics concert of the season, presenting a program showcasing the orchestra in works by composers hailing from the sunny south.  Opening with the rhythmic Danzon No. 2 of Mexican composer Arturo Marquez, and the second suite from the comic and folk inspired ballet score The Three Cornered Hat by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, the Philharmonic also offered two tone poems from the evocative and colorful Roman Trilogy by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi; Roman Festivals and The Pines of Rome.  Tune in for this one time only broadcast on Wednesday, May 27th at 8pm!  And following the program, enjoy an excerpt from Saturday's encore featuring Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra!



Saturday Encore!

(back by popular demand)


The Venice Baroque Orchestra

with mandolinist Avi Avital!



Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance.  Touring this season across North America, Italy, Croatia, Germany and Mexico with mandolinist Avi Avital,  the ensemble is also featured on a new release from Deutsche Grammophon with Mr. Avital of works by Vivaldi.  Acknowledged by the New York Times for his "exquisitely sensitive playing" and "stunning agility", Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world's most exciting and adventurous musicians.

Antonio Vivaldi’s brilliant string writing lies at its heart of the concert program, offered on Tuesday, March 3rd at Armstrong Auditorium by Mr. Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, and features several of Vivaldi's  sinfonias, concertos for lute, recorder and mandolin, "Summer" from The Four Seasons and also works by Benedetto Marcello and Giovanni Paisiello.  And Mr. Avital offers fascinating insights about the VBO, the mandolin; past, present and future, Italy's regional cultures and music, and works featured on the program.  Tune in Saturday morning, May 30th at 8!

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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