The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma announces the 2018-19 concert season of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, its 16th as Oklahoma City’s premier chamber music ensemble. Five regular-season concerts and a four-concert Summer Chamber Music Festival will be presented in Oklahoma City’s beautiful and historic St. Paul’s Cathedral, recognized for its acoustic richness.
Concert 1 Sept. 25 7:30 pm “Voilà: Viola” will feature works spanning three centuries and featuring Miles Hoffman on viola in a trio by Lowell Liebermann, short pieces for clarinet, viola and piano by Max Bruch and Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor for two violins, two violas and cello. Six Brightmusic Ensemble members will join Mr. Hoffman in the season premier.
Concert 2 October 30 7:30 pm “Beethoven’s Vienna” celebrates the music that took the Austrian capitol by storm in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This concert features a work from each of Beethoven’s three compositional periods, illustrating the evolution of one of history’s most influential composers. In performance with the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will be renowned violinist Aaron Berofsky in the early-period “Spring” Sonata, the middle-period “Ghost” trio and a set of late variations.
Concert 3 Jan. 15 7:30 pm “Russian Romantics” presents a pair of works by Russian late romantics Sergei Rachmaninoff, considered by many to be the greatest pianist of the 20th century, and Sergei Taneyev, Rachmaninoff’s teacher of counterpoint at the Moscow Conservatory. Seven ensemble musicians will present Rachmaninoff’s sonata for cello and piano and a lush and lively piano quintet by Taneyev.
Concert 4 March 19 7:30 pm Get your reed fix here! “Reeds A-Plenty” presents an evening of six works for winds and piano. Six musicians will perform a wide-ranging mix of compositions from the late 18th- through mid-20th centuries by a diverse group of mostly-French composers, along with a Czech and a Russian.
Concert 5 April 16 7:30 pm “Mozart: From Salzburg to Vienna” wraps up the regular season with the works of the prodigy from Salzburg, including perhaps his best-known and best-loved work, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik (“A Little Night Music). Join us for this enchanting all-Mozart evening. And it isn’t over yet: Watch for our Eighth Summer Chamber Music Festival coming in June.
Season Memberships. Season passes for all five Regular-Season concerts AND all the concerts of the Summer Chamber Music Festival are available for $100/person, a remarkable bargain for NINE concerts by some of the most distinguished musicians in Oklahoma and beyond. That comes out to only $11.11 per concert!
Avoid the line! Purchase your Season Membership on our website,, and your season pass card will be mailed to you by early September. Or get yours at the door at the first concert. And please consider making an “over and above” tax-deductible contribution to help keep ticket prices affordable for all and continue our policy of free admission for students and children, since they are the future of chamber music. See the side bar and click on the link on our “Home” page.
Single Concert Admission: Tickets available at the door, $20 each. Children are free, as are students and active-duty military personnel, with ID.