OKM: Free Showcase Concerts Feature Local Talent

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BARTLESVILLE, Okla.  — OKM Music kicks off its multi-genre festival June 9-15 this year and promises fun for the whole family, including free Showcase events. Based in Bartlesville, Okla., with two performances in Tulsa, festival entertainment runs the gamut from a boot-stomping Country Fest and a relaxing Concert Under the Stars to the elite Chamber Series and the grand finale at Woolaroc.

In-between concerts, be sure to check out the six performances at local churches that are free to the public. Familiar favorites such as the Ad Lib Singers, guitarist Doug Simpson, pianist Wade Daniel, organist Zoltan Varga, and Bartlesville Youth Chorus lend their talents. Tulsa Symphony violinists Michael Nicholson and Hannah Murray present a special music education production.

“I hope everyone will come out and enjoy the community events showcasing some of our churches in town and those who have donated their time and talents to perform,” said Showcase Director Grace Farmer.

The schedule is included below, with more information available at okmmusic.org.
• 10 a.m. June 11 — The Ad Lib Singers, First Presbyterian Church, 505 S.E. Dewey Ave. Formed in 1994, their OKM Music program salutes America and the state of Oklahoma.
• 2 p.m. June 11 — Music Education/Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, First Presbyterian Church, 505 S.E. Dewey Ave. Michael Nicholson (principal second violin) and Hannah Murray (associate principal second) of the Tulsa Symphony present an educational violin duo.
• 10 a.m. June 12 — Doug Simpson: The Man, His Guitars & His Music, First Christian Church, 520 S. Osage. When Simpson took a guitar in hand at age 4, it was love at first touch!
• 2 p.m. June 12 — Wade Daniel, Piano Concert, First Baptist Church, 405 S. Cherokee. A native Texan, Daniel performs in concerts and banquets all across the United States and overseas.
• 10 a.m. June 13 —Zoltan Varga, Organ Concert, Music Director and Organist, St. John Catholic Church Sanctuary, 715 S. Johnstone. Varga takes the audience through “Time Travel on Organ Pipes” with selections of music from varying periods.
• 2 p.m. June 13 — Bartlesville Youth Chorus, Alex Rivera, Artistic Director, Bartlesville First Church, 4715 Price Road. BYS is a treble chorus for singers in fourth through 12th grades in Bartlesville and the surrounding areas. The theme, All People Sing, focuses on folk songs from around the world.
For a complete list of events, times and locations, visit www.okmmusic.org. Festival concert prices range from $10 to $35 for general-admission tickets and $50 to $75 for VIP tickets. Tickets are available at www.okmmusic.org/festival.

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