Intimate Portraits in Chamber Music

Oklahoma City, Okla., — The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present its eighth annual Summer Chamber Music Festival June 6, 8, 9 and 11 at the historic St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City (127 NW 7th Street at Robinson). This four-concert festival will explore that most celebrated aspect of chamber music—its intimacy. Intimate Portraits in Chamber Music gets up close and personal with classical music’s most intimate expression: sonatas, trios and quartets, featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Piazzolla and others. Parking is free just south of the cathedral.
Chamber Music has covered a lot of ground since Joseph Haydn developed the string quartet in the mid 18th century, but the art form remains at its very core what Goethe called “a stimulating conversation between intelligent people,” with us, the audience, listening in.
Works on the program are: Concert No. 1 – 7:30 pm, Thursday, June 6 – Sonatas Francis Poulenc, Sonata for Clarinet & Piano – Johannes Brahms, Sonata No. 2 for Viola & Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2 – Richard Strauss, Sonata for Violin & Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 18
Concert No. 2 – 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 8 – Duos and Trios Bohuslav Martinu, Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano – Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 – Carl Frühling, Trio in A Minor for Clarinet, Cello & Piano, Op. 40
Concert No. 3 – 4:00 pm, Sunday, June 9 – Trios with Strings The Mae Ruth Swanson Memorial Concert – Ludwig van Beethoven, String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3 – Ingolf Dahl, Concerto a Tre for Clarinet, Violin & Cello – Franz Joseph Haydn, London Trio No. 1 in C Major, Hob. IV:1 for Flute, Violin & Cello – Ernö Dohnányi, Serenade for String Trio in C Major, Op. 10
Concert No. 4 – 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 11 – Quartets Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Quartet in F Major for Oboe, Violin, Viola & Cello, K.370 – Astor Piazzolla, Libertango and Oblivion for Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano – John Mackey, Breakdown Tango for Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano – Antonín Dvorák, Piano Quartet No. 2 for Piano & Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 87
Musicians appearing in the summer festival are: Gregory Lee and Katrin Stamatis (violin), Mark Neumann (viola), Zachary Reaves (cello), Parthena Owens (flute), Lisa Harvey-Reed (oboe), Chad Burrow (clarinet), Amy I-Lin Cheng, Sallie Pollack and Ruirui Ouyang (piano).
Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, Oklahoma City’s own chamber ensemble, presents fine classical chamber music in the beautiful and acoustically-rich St. Paul’s Cathedral at NW 7th and Robinson near downtown Oklahoma City. Tickets are $20 at the door. Children, students and active-duty military personnel admitted free with ID. Free parking south of the cathedral. For more information, visit us at