The free, Mid-Day Music concert series is presented by the Musical Research Society, which has been creating opportunities for people in Bartlesville to enjoy, learn about and participate in music for over 100 years. The Society offers its programming free to the public, and donates over $13,000 each year in scholarships and financial support for local music programs.
“Sing a Story, Tell a Song”
Internationally renowned storyteller Fran Stallings will present a program that blurs the lines between story and music. Accompanying herself on the autoharp, she will sing traditional folk ballads, and tell stories that are heightened with musical underscore.
“Swing Those Strings”
You may know Rhonda Carr for conducting school orchestras or playing in the Bartlesville symphony, but she is also a master of jazz violin. She and a small ensemble will perform swing music ranging from jazz standard to Bob Wills.
“The Inspired Genius: The Role of Faith in Mozart’s Music”
During our annual Christmas luncheon, Dr. Rod MacIlvaine, senior pastor at Grace Community Church, will share a presentation on the spiritual side of Mozart, touching on the role of faith in the composer’s life and how that influenced his transcendent music.
“Happy Founders Day!”
What better way to celebrate Founders Month than with a birthday party! We will celebrate more than a century of Musical Research Society with musical games, performances and more.
“Musicians Duet Better”
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we will be snuggling up with a program of duets. Enjoy a variety of styles and instruments, performed by club members and musicians from the community.
“Festival Competition Honors Concert”
Each year, dozens of music students around Northeastern Oklahoma come to Bartlesville to compete in the Oklahoma Federation of Music Club’s Junior Music Festival competition, organized locally by the Musical Research Society. In March, we enjoy performances from the Festival’s top scorers.
“A Night at the Opera”
In a very special event, we will be presenting a 30-minute reduction of the classic comic opera Martha, by Friedrich von Flotow. The work, which premiered in 1844, has a farcical plot about a group of nobles passing themselves off as peasants at a country fair, and is often remembered for its arrangement of the folk song “The Last Rose of Summer.” Music direction by Celeste Barrett.
“Scholarship Winners Recital”
Musical Research Society is very proud of our long tradition of providing music scholarships. We finish our season off in the best way, by honoring our “campership” recipients, and hearing performances by our college-bound, scholarship audition winners.