OK Mozart Festival expands reach to Oklahoma City

In addition to its regular series in Bartlesville, the OK Mozart Festival will offer four concerts Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre. Violinist Joshua Bell will perform.
BY RICK ROGERS rrogers@opubco.com Modified: June 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm •  Published: June 12, 2011

Want to experience the OK Mozart Festival's musical offerings without having to make the 125-mile drive to Bartlesville? For the first time in its 26-year history, the popular summer arts festival will offer encore presentations of four concerts at the Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre, 6420 SE 15 in Midwest City.

The Oklahoma City-area series opens Monday with a screening of the German expressionist film “Metropolis.” The Alloy Orchestra, a three-member instrumental ensemble, will provide live music for the 1927 silent film. Directed by Fritz Lang, “Metropolis” explores the social crisis between workers and owners in a capitalistic society.

The Turtle Island Quartet will present “An Evening of Jimi Hendrix” at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Named for mythology found in American Indian folklore, the Turtle Island Quartet has become known for its innovative approaches to chamber music for strings.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, an ensemble that celebrates the musical heritage created by black musicians of the 1930s, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The popular instrumental trio combines blues, country and black string band traditions.

Bringing the Oklahoma City-area series to a close on Father's Day is internationally known American violinist Joshua Bell. The 2 p.m. concert on Sunday, June 19, will feature Bell and the Amici New York Orchestra in Vieuxtemps' “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor” and Mozart's “Adagio in E Major, K. 261.”

Rich, warm sounds

Bell plays a 1713 Stradivarius known as the “ex-Huberman,” named for the Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman. Captivated by its rich, warm sound after playing it briefly in 2001, Bell sold his Tom Taylor Strad and bought the “ex-Huberman” for the princely sum of just under $4 million.

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