A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman.
Virginia Campbell brings her 32nd Annual Piano Artist Series to Oklahoma City
The concert series specializes in marrying Oklahoma City music lovers with international performers they might not otherwise get to see play live.
Violinist Kyle Dillingham has traveled from Thailand to Liberia making music and shared the stage with the likes of Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb and Toby Keith.
But the globe-trotting music ambassador has a special place in his heart for the local shows he plays with Virginia Campbell.
“Playing with Virginia is a life-changing experience, and it is for the audience as well. She is a truly anointed performer,” Dillingham said. “She gives her heart and soul to her audience — for that matter, she gives her heart and soul to every rehearsal. She lives every moment of her life to the fullest, and that is felt in her concerts.”
For the fifth year, Dillingham will perform with the concert pianist to open her 32nd Annual Piano Artist Series. They will play classics from Gershwin, Debussy, Mancini and many more at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at All Souls Episcopal Church.
“The first time we played together, it was a musical marriage,” Campbell said of playing with Dillingham.
With her series, Campbell specializes in marrying Oklahoma City music lovers with international performers they might not otherwise get to see play live.
“It’s the kind of series that people want to come back to year after year and feel like they get to know the performers,” she said.
For her 2014-15 series at All Souls Episcopal Church, she has programmed a season of returning favorites:
Virtuoso violinist Joseph Gold will join forces with his wife, viola player Debbie Dare, and classical guitarist Jaume Torrent from Spain for the series’ Sept. 21 installment.
On Nov. 9, Italian pianist Cristiana Pegoraro, one of the series’ most beloved and faithful featured artists, will return to OKC. World-class Russian pianist Valery Kuleshov, now an Edmond resident and artist-in-residence at the University of Central Oklahoma, will perform Feb. 15.
J. Warren Mitchell, a tenor opera singer who earned his master’s degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma City University, will lend his voice to the series March 8.
Pianist Gerald Robbins, who won a major prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1969, will close the series on April 19.
“It’s such a thrill to do this series. I love to have the performers, I love to see them perform, and I just love to present excellence in music,” Campbell said. “And they’re all my good friends, so it’s wonderful.”
Virginia Campbell’s 32nd Annual Piano Artist Series Opener
Featuring: Kyle Dillingham (violin) and Virginia Campbell (piano).
When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: All Souls Episcopal Church, 6400 N Pennsylvania Ave.
Information: pianoartistseries.com or 843-5895.