Sounds of Paris will fill the Myriad Botanical Gardens at 8 p.m. Tuesday when French jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel plays a free concert.
Wrembel is best known for composing the score for Woody Allen's Academy Award-winning film, “Midnight in Paris.”
He will be accompanied by Oklahoma violinist Kyle Dillingham, a longtime friend of Wrembel and one of the event's coordinators. Sponsored by the Allied Arts, the concert will be on the great lawn of the Myriad Gardens at Reno and Robinson.
Wrembel already was coming through Oklahoma on tour to promote his new album before Allied Arts got involved in hosting the concert.
His latest album, “Origins,” was released earlier this year, and he will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 5 S Boston Ave., Tulsa. It features songs from “Midnight in Paris.”
Kristy Blosch, the manager of marketing, public relations and events for Allied Arts, said it will be a great way to wrap up the fundraising season and say thanks to the community.
“We wanted to do something for the community to say thank you for their support and making this fundraising season so successful,” Blosch said. “Our fundraising goal was $3 million and we raised $3.2 million.”
Wrembel, a Frenchman-turned-New Yorker, is classically trained and graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music.
Wrembel developed his “Gypsy jazz” style from immersing himself in Gypsy culture and playing in Gypsy camps in Europe. His style has gained him recognition in the music industry.
Dillingham, an Oklahoma violinist, will be accompanying Wrembel. Dillingham, who is also friends with Wrembel, helped coordinate the concert.
“Kyle has really been the one responsible for helping bring it together,” Blosch said.
Along with concerts, Allied Arts sponsors several art programs in central Oklahoma. These include Lyric Theater, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and others. It is Oklahoma's only United Arts Fund, and since its inception in 1971, it has raised more than $45 million to promote the arts.