Violinist Hal Grossman has been hailed by critics for his "tremendous virtuosic technique" and "outstanding artistic sense". As concerto soloist, he has appeared with American and Canadian orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic and the North Carolina, Illinois, Lima, Guelph and Battle Creek symphonies. Grand Award Winner of the Lima Young Artist Competition and Silver Medalist of the International Stulberg Competition, Mr. Grossman also received First Prize Awards at the prestigious International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has performed for their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Princess Diana and his New York Debut at Carnegie Hall received exceptional reviews from the New York Times. Recital appearances have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In the United States he has also been heard on National Public Radio, WQXI-New York, and WFMT-Chicago.
Mr. Grossman has served as Concertmaster of the Estranach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg, the Illinois, Boise, Lansing and Saginaw Bay symphonies. He has been featured at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Evian (France), Orfeo (Italy), Aspen, Lancaster, Breckenridge, Fontana, Great Lakes, Manitou, and Garth Newel music festivals. As First Violinist of the Oxford String Quartet, he performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded several new works for string quartet.
|Byron Berline is a three-time National Fiddle Champion who turned to a musical career after earning a B. A. in Physical Education at the University of Oklahoma. Originally from Oklahoma where he began playing the fiddle at age 5, Byron lived and worked in Los Angeles for 26 years before returning to his home state in 1995.
Byron's professional career reads like Who's Who in the music business as he has performed with or recorded with so many notables. He has led or been a member of the following bands : Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, 1966 - 67; Dillard & Clark, 1969-1970; Dillard Expedition, 1970-71; Country Gazette, 1971-75; Sundance, 1975-85; Berline, Crary & Hickman, 1978-90; L. A. Fiddle Band, 1978-93; California, 1990-96; Byron Berline Band, 1996- Present.
Byron was inducted into Oklahoma's Musicians Hall of Fame, named Oklahoma's Ambassador of Goodwill, been featured artist at the international convention of the Violin Society of America, and conceived and planned the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival since it's beginnings in 1997.
Ambassadors' Concert Choir Combines the energy and excitement of a gospel choir with the soul and culture of the African-American experience, mix in over eighty voices; and you’ll get the melodic sounds of the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir. The Choir, a not for profit organization, is dedicated to bringing a variety of music to Oklahoma.
Who Are We
It is the Mission of the Ambassadors Concert Choir to provide an avenue of performance of vocal music that can be shared with a diversity of listeners, to present a composite message to the listening public.
Our purpose is to (1) provide the opportunity for serious study and performance of music of all genre, (2) bring about a community awareness of and appreciation for music of all genre, (3) encourage the musical development of young students, and (4) promote workshops for strengthening adult musicians.
Thirty-three years later, our goals have not changed and our aspirations still center around presenting programming that will entertain, educate, uplift, and inspire. That’s what performing is all about. It is another chance to come into the lives of citizens in the community (if only for a while) and take them on wonderful musical journeys to distant lands, exciting people, amusing stanzas, and inspirational messages.
Program will include the performance of African American composer William Grant Still’s 2nd Symphony as well as selections for chorus and orchestra as determined with the Ambassadors Concert Choir.
The Oklahoma Concert Band Foundation sponsors the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band. The Oklahoma City Symphonic Band is a community band comprised of ninety-seven professional and amateur musicians. Our historic band has performed in the Oklahoma City area for decades. While we are a cross-section of the community made up of all different professions, we are also musicians who find that our band activities give us a chance to grow musically. Our band rehearses and performs throughout the year, taking breaks only in the months of May and August. We rehearse every Tuesday from 7:15 - 9:15 p.m. at Southern Nazarene University and perform several concerts throughout the year. The Oklahoma City Symphonic Band is made up of volunteers. Every person who performs in our band is important to our success.
The Oklahoma Concert Band Foundation was formed in 1995 to provide financial and other support to the band. The purpose of the Oklahoma Concert Band Foundation is to engage in the promotion, appreciation and support of concert band music throughout Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Concert Band Foundation is a 501C3 non-profit organization supported by member dues, donations from individuals and organizations, and grants. The Oklahoma City Symphonic Band was originally organized in the late 1970’s as the Oklahoma City University Alumni Band. The band was organized and conducted by Dr. Steve Coker, choral director at OCU. They rehearsed one night a week in May and performed only one concert a year at the Father’s Day Concert for the Methodist Father’s Day Conference at OCU.
In 1986 the band added benefit and public service concerts to their agenda. Organizations for whom they played benefit concerts included Southern Nazarene University, the Oklahoma City University Music Scholarship Fund and the Western Heights High School Band. Public service concerts included: Festival of the Arts, the 4th of July celebration at the Myriad Gardens, and concerts at local churches and malls. The band continues to perform a variety of these same types of concerts today. One fun summer concert is the “Concert in the Park” series in Yukon where people can bring their picnics, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a good old-fashioned concert in the park.
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