"The Music of France"
the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble!
Since 2003, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble has offered Oklahoma audiences a regular season of chamber music performances presented by an ensemble of musicians largely based in the Oklahoma City metro area and special guest artists. This past June the Society presented its third annual Spring Festival, a four-concert event entitled “The Music of France." Chamber ensemble combinations include voice and instrumental duos, trios and quartets and feature works by a range of French composers writing in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Performance Oklahoma presents all of this season’s Festival performances in three broadcast programs to be offered in the final three weeks of July,on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings on Classical KUCO and Saturday evenings on Classical KWTU, both evening and morning broadcasts at 8!
The third program from the Festival which also served as the Mae Ruth Swanson Memorial Concert opens with the Les Nuits d'été , a set of six songs for tenor and piano by Hector Berlioz offered as the opening music on Concert 4. The Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel follows, a performance from Concert 2 devoted to music by Ravel and Fauré. In the second hour and final hour of the broadcast series, we'll hear the final work of the Festival, "Quator pour la fins du temps" by Olivier Messiaen, scored for violin, clarinet, cello and piano and thoughtfully introduced by co-artistic director Amy I-Lin Cheng.