The Bands of the Scots Guards and Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch will share their distinctive sounds in a concert on Feb. 17. Both groups date back to the 18th century and regularly perform throughout the United Kingdom in addition to international tours.
The China National Symphony Orchestra will perform Feb. 28.
Founded as the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China in 1956, the noted ensemble was restructured and renamed in 1996. Xincao Li has served as principal resident conductor of the Chinese orchestra since 1999.
The program will feature the “Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47” by Sibelius, a movement of Xia Guan's “Earth Requiem” and Rachmaninoff's “Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27.” Xi Chen will be the soloist in the Sibelius.
Oklahoma native Byron Berline and his band will perform April 7. Berline was based in Los Angeles for 26 years before returning to Oklahoma in 1995. The Oklahoma fiddler has worked with many of the industry greats, from the Byrds and the Eagles to Alabama and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Berline and company will offer an evening of bluegrass and western swing.
Cuba native and clarinetist Paquito d'Rivera will be joined by Brazilian guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad for an April 16 concert. The trio will perform Latin classical music with a dash of jazz.
Closing the season April 29 will be the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Founded in 1988, the quintet tours regularly in addition to their work with one of Europe's finest orchestras. The celebrated ensemble will perform quintets by Anton Reicha, Pavel Haas, Johan Kvandal and Joseph Vohuslav Foerster.
“Since our legacy goes back to the Ambassador Auditorium in Southern California, we're modeling our series after that,” Granger said. “We have a sophisticated audience that appreciates top-notch programming so we're trying to bring that standard of excellence to Oklahoma.”
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