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After launching its 2019 season on-line last week, the OKM Music Festival is officially announcing its 35th Anniversary Festival. One of Oklahoma’s long-running music festivals is celebrating its 35th anniversary this summer, and organizers have been preparing a very special festival from June 8-14.
The entire family is invited to enjoy a free street party to kick off the festival, a Concert Under the Stars, a Bluegrass evening, a wonderful Classical Series and the beloved Woolaroc Concert. Several community showcase concerts and plenty of children’s activities will add to the festival offerings this year, according to Ryan Martin, OKM marketing director.
“This season OKM Music celebrates its 35th year of bringing quality music to Bartlesville,” said Lynn Mihm, OKM’s chairman of the board. “This year’s lineup reflects the community’s desire to hear excellent entertainment from multi-genre performing artists. We have Jazz, Bluegrass, Red Dirt Country, Indie Pop, Celtic folk, Rock –n- Roll, Brass, and of course classical.
“OKM is also very excited to feature numerous female composers this season: the Gothard Sisters, Arielle, Anne Reburn, and Elena Martin. So often we do not place enough focus on the history of female composers and what better way to showcase their talents than by having them perform their own compositions.”
Planned activities for the 35th festival include:
June 8 –A free street party at the Community Center kicks off the 35th festival. Beginning at 3 p.m., enjoy a variety of food choices, children’s activities, games, and artists that call Bartlesville and Oklahoma their home: YouTube sensation Anne Reburn, Indie-Pop duo “Breakup,” -- featuring Bartlesville alumni Abby Callaghan--, Stillwater local Isaac McClung and Folk group “The Arcadian Wild”, featuring Bartlesville alumni Paige Park. At 7 p.m., attendees go indoors to the Bartlesville Community Center for a country-themed concert, featuring Brent Giddens Band and Phil Vassar as he brings his Hitsteria tour to Bartlesville.
June 9 – What could be more relaxing and enjoyable than a Concert Under the Stars at Sooner Park Band-shell? At 5 p.m., join The Gothard Sisters – sisters who perform Celtic music and lead audiences in Irish dance. At 7 p.m., child prodigy Arielle will take the stage and will stun audiences with her four-octave range.
June 10 – Spanish-born duo, Elena Martín and Jose Melitón will perform a Spanish-themed brown-bag lunch concert with original compositions in the Community Hall at the Bartlesville Community Center. Later in the evening, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will present “An Evening with Mozart.”
June 11 – Steep Canyon Rangers – one of the most exciting Bluegrass bands pickin’ and strummin’ today will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Bartlesville Community Center. Well known for their early tours with Steve Martin, the group has now become a Bluegrass favorite across the country.
June 12/13 – Classical music is the backbone of the 35-year-old festival, and OKM is delighted to welcome Internationally acclaimed pianist Jenny Lin on June 12 at the Bartlesville High School FAC and fan-favorite Quartetto Gelato on June 13 at the Bartlesville Community Center.
June 14 – Bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs to Woolaroc’s Clyde Lake for the finale featuring Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) and Dallas Brass – a national brass quintet known for their patriotic and classical albums. Come early for children’s activities, giveaways and vendor booths. Fireworks cap the evening’s festivities. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Several free Showcase concerts bring even more diversity to the festival. From June 10-13 in various church venues, delight in the Ad Lib Singers, Harmony Project Tulsa, the Daytime Divas and the New Tulsans. Other showcase events include a concert at Prairie Song in Dewey and a traditional English Cottage Tea with Diane Fallis.
Youth outreach is an integral part of OKM Music, and this festival brings mostly free children’s programming. Scheduled are violin adventures, music and story time, Le Theatre de Marionette puppet show from Dallas, Stone Lion Theatre puppet show from Kansas City, the beloved Prince and Princess Tea, and line dancing.
On Wednesday, June 12, Steinway Pianist Jenny Lin will be presenting “Melody’s Mostly Musical Day” at the Bartlesville High School FAC. This is a must-see event for the entire family. OKM is also collaborating with the Salvation Army for its third annual Summer Conservatory during the festival and during the month June.
For a complete list of events, times and locations, visit okmmusic.org. Concert prices range from $15 to $35 for general-admission tickets and $45 to $75 for VIP tickets with various perks for concert-goers. Tickets are available at bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com or 918-337-2787.
OKM Music is a member of Green Country Marketing Association, one of 11 multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and others to promote state tourism.