ENID — There's nothing like coming home, especially for state musical ambassador Kyle Dillingham, who has taken Oklahoma music to 30 countries. Although he has recently played for royalty and heads of state, coming back home to perform with the Enid Symphony Orchestra has been a lifelong dream for the vio
Dillingham and the Enid orchestra will perform "The Mary Rose," a fantasy-overture for violin and orchestra, under the direction of maestro Doug Newell on Saturday and Sunday at the Enid Symphony Center.
Written by Edmond composer Callen Clarke and performed by Dillingham, "The Mary Rose" premiered in 2009 in Edmond and officially launched the Argosy Project, an initiative to revive symphonic music in America and the world through the creation and performance of exciting new orchestral repertoire. It also marked the 500-year anniversary of the famed ship. Prince Charles sent delegates from the Mary Rose Trust and the new Mary Rose Museum, under construction in Portsmouth, England, to attend the world premiere event. Former Gov. George Nigh was master of ceremonies for the event, and Gov. Brad Henry and Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed Nov. 17, 2009, as "The Mary Rose Day" in Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, respectively.The Mary Rose, the warship of King Henry VIII, sank in 1545 during the Battle of the Solent and was raised in 1982 by the Alexander McKee and the Mary Rose Trust. It's the only ship of its kind to be preserved. The music will feature themes and instruments from the era to vividly evoke the beautiful and violent world of Renaissance England.
At age 17, Dillingham, an Enid native, had performed twice at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., and he has since played for such notables as the king of Malaysia and the princess of Thailand.
"The mesmerizing sound of Kyle's violin will take you places you've never gone before," Clarke said. "His energy and passion will leave you intoxicated."
Dillingham was recently honored with a Special Recognition Award at the 2009 Governor's Art Awards at the state Capitol, acknowledging his life's work as a violinist, vocalist, ambassador for universities in Oklahoma as well as overseas and for his gift to connect with people throughout the world.
Clarke is an international composer, arranger, performer and producer. His music has been featured on television, film and concert stages from the U.S. to France and North Africa. He studied music privately from an early age with famed international pianist Virginia Campbell before pursuing a degree in music composition at Oklahoma City University and later at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Newell's work with the Enid Symphony Orchestra has been recognized with numerous awards including a Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.
"The Mary Rose"
• Performers: Kyle Dillingham and the Enid Symphony Orchestra
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
• Where: Enid Symphony Center, 301 W Broadway.
• Information: (580) 237-9646 or www.