Wine enthusiasts suggest choosing a red when the menu features a meat dish, while a white is the logical choice for seafood. What about a varietal that complements the sound of a violin? Try a crisp rose.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic will host its fifth annual “Violins & Vino” event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, 706 W Sheridan. Guests can sign up for an impromptu violin lesson or just enjoy the wine tasting.
Cellist Dorothy Hays will teach a group of 20 guests the basics of playing a stringed instrument. And while a single lesson won’t result in mastery, participants will demonstrate their collective skills in a brief concert at evening’s end.
Sponsored by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s associate board, “Violins & Vino” is designed to cultivate new audiences for the orchestra. Young professionals who wish to learn more about classical music are encouraged to join Overture, an organization that pairs social events with classics and pops concerts.
“This is an extension of the concert experience,” said Brent Hart, associate board president. “We market it as a night of entertainment, but it’s also a way for us to expose new audiences to orchestral music.”
“Violins & Vino” guests can sample a 2013 vintage rose from the Joullian Winery in California’s Carmel Valley. The wine will not be available to the public until August. Joining in the festivities are chefs Jonathan Stranger from Ludivine, James Vu from La Brasa and Chaya Fletcher from Urban Roots. Each will prepare a dish to pair with the featured wine.
“We average between 120 and 160 memberships in Overture each year, and events like this allow us to create a dialogue about the appeal of classical music,” Hart said. “There’s a really nice energy in the room because people are bound by their love for music. Once they get their foot in the door, they often want to become involved year after year.”
Tickets for “Violins & Vino” are $25. Advance payment is suggested, particularly for those wishing to reserve a violin. For more information, call 842-5387 or go to www.okcphilharmonic.org/violins-vino.