Recording set

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Classical music lovers will soon be able to listen to their Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra on a brand new recording to be released by Naxos Records.

Naxos is the international classical music label. The company was in town last weekend to complete the second phase of the project.

“A few years ago, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic commissioned American composer Jonathan Leshnoff to compose a work for the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, said maestro Alexander Mickelthwate. “The first piece, ‘Of Thee I Sing’, was premiered in early 2020, and last weekend we launched the second part, his ‘Violin Concerto’.

Noah Bendix-Balgley, renowned violinist and concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, was the guest soloist of the classics “Mahler’s 1st Symphony” at the Civic Center Music Hall.

“It was so exciting to welcome Noah to perform Leshnoff’s Violin Concerto with us,” added Mickelthwate. “His performance was amazing and I hope our Philharmonic friends enjoyed it. Naxos recorded the entire performance and once the project is complete later this spring it will be released and be part of history for the ages .

The third piece, “Elegy”, will be recorded in May as part of the collaboration between OKCPHIL and the Jewish Federation.

On Saturday, the guests of the Philharmonie also witnessed a demonstration of unity, alongside the Ukrainian people. After the national anthem, OKCPHIL Chairman of the Board, Brent Hart, took the stage.

“Your Oklahoma City Philharmonic exists to bring joy and inspiration to our community through orchestral music,” Hart said. “But today we must recognize the chaos in other corners of our world.

“Music has a unique power to heal, unify and break down barriers,” he continued. “As we collectively experience tonight’s performance, let us remember all the innocent people affected by the war in Ukraine and hope for a speedy return to harmony and peace. Now we invite you to stand while we perform the Ukrainian national anthem.

Thunderous applause filled the Thelma Gaylord Theatre, as Philharmonic guests showed unequivocal unity.

“Oklahoma City knows all too well the horrors resulting from acts of violence,” said OKCPHIL Executive Director Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev. . I think we did.

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Mark Beutler is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the OKC Philharmonic.