Brightmusic goes Hollywood

Ever wonder what film composers are up to when they aren’t writing scores for blockbusters like Star Wars? This June, Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will explore the contribution of composers who have blurred the lines between classical music and motion pictures. 

Oklahoma City’s premier chamber ensemble will present “Brightmusic Goes Hollywood: The Chamber Music of Film Composers.”

This concert will be Brightmusic’s seventh annual Summer Chamber Music Festival at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City, June 14-19.

Many of the composers are well known to the classical music set. Some are icons of American cinema, and one is practically an institution. The four-concert festival will present works by Malcolm Arnold, Ennio Morricone, Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Nino Rota, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Dmitri Shostakovich, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Leonard Bernstein and Miklós Rózsa.   

Brightmusic musicians appearing in this show: Gregory Lee, Katrin Stamatis and Marat Gabdullin on violin with Samuel Formicola on violin and viola and Jarita Ng on viola.

Additionally, Meredith Blecha-Wells and Jesús Castro-Balbi will play the cello, John Krause on double bass, Parthena Owens will play the flute, Lisa Harvey-Reed on oboe), Chad Burrow on clarinet, and Amy I-Lin Cheng and Ruirui Ouyang (piano).

All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., except the 4 p.m. Sunday concert on June 17, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson). Save $30 by purchasing a $50 festival pass that includes admission to all four concerts. Season subscribers, students, and active-duty military personnel are admitted free with ID.

More information about the festival is available on Brightmusic’s website at


Concert No. 1 – 7:30 pm, Thursday, June 14
Malcolm Arnold, Divertimento for Flute, Oboe & Clarinet, op. 37
Ennio Morricone, “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission
Sergei Prokofiev, Quintet in G Minor, op. 39
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Piano Quintet in C Minor

Concert No. 2 – 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 16
Nino Rota, Trio for Flute, Violin & Piano
Bernard Herrmann, Souvenirs de Voyage
Bernard Herrmann, Psycho Suite for String Quartet (arr. Richard Birchall)
Nino Rota, Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano

Concert No. 3 – 4:00 pm, Sunday, June 17
John Williams, Three Pieces from Schindler’s List for Violin & Piano
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Trio in D Minor, op. 1
Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Quintet in G Minor, op. 57

Concert No. 4 – 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 19
John Williams, “Viktor’s Tale” from The Terminal
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Sonata for Clarinet & Piano, op. 128
Leonard Bernstein, Piano Trio
Miklós Rózsa, Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 2

(Programs subject to change).

Copyright The Gayly. June 10, 2018. 9:47 a.m. CST.