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OKM Hosts Wine-and-Cheese-Pairing Event

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (Jan. 3, 2018) — Join OKM Music for Cheers to Wine and Chocolate, an evening of wine pairing with a variety of cheeses and chocolates, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19 in Ambler Hall, 415 S. Dewey in Bartlesville.


According to organizer Ashley La Rue, director of development and planning with OKM, the event features light hors d’oeuvres and some trivia questions sprinkled throughout.

Tickets are $30 each and are available through the office at 415 S. Dewey Avenue in Bartlesville, or online at OKMmusic.org under events.

Jim Hess, who owns 5th & Shawnee Discount Liquor, and Nathan Bates, owner of Omega Chocolate, will lead the wine-pairing event.

“Both Nate and Jim are very knowledgeable in their industry,” said La Rue. “Attending a similar event in the fall, it was fascinating how the wines Jim presented not only enhanced the flavor of the particular Omega chocolate it was paired with, but also changed the characteristics of the wine.”

Hess, whose background in wine-and-food pairing spans 40 years, discusses interesting history behind the wines. He said to expect several tasting samples, plus a surprise.

“With my experience sampling wines I’ve developed a sense of what is compatible,” said Hess. “It is a lot of fun; I enjoy it. And the audience seems to enjoy it, too.”

Bates said he would cover some basics regarding the chocolate. He said that during the wine tasting and chocolate sampling, the combination “leads to a different taste sensation as the wine affects the sugars and brings forth flavors not previously enjoyed.”

Proceeds from Cheers to Wine & Chocolate benefit the OKM children’s programs as well as the June music festival.

The next event is the USO-themed fundraiser on March 3, followed by the June 8-15 music festival in Bartlesville.


A Night on the Town Features Dinner and a Movie

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (Jan. 3, 2018) − OKM Music and the Bartlesville Film Society present A Night on the Town from 6:45 to 10 p.m. Jan. 12 in Ambler Hall, 415 S. Dewey Ave., in Bartlesville. Enjoy Chicago-style pizza, salad, dessert, coffee or tea. Then at 7:30 p.m., sit back, relax and watch the movie “Chicago.”

The movie stars Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere. Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago, according to IMDb.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required by Jan. 9. Cost is $25 per person. Call 918-336-9900 or visit okmmusic.org to sign up.

Showcase Director Grace Farmer said the dinner-and-a-movie series is part of OKM Music’s year-round programming. “We are showing musicals to get you in the spirit of music,” she said. “We encourage everyone to join in the fun of what is being offered through music and education all year.”

Farmer said BFS is handling the technical aspects of the production and help to make these events possible. Bambino’s Downtown Bistro will cater the dinners themed with the musicals each time.

OKM Music plans five more dinner-and-a-movie evenings for the 2018 season — “Moulin Rouge,” Feb. 23; “Jersey Boys,” March 23; “Mama Mia,” July 13; “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Sept. 13; and “Cabaret,” Oct. 26.

Farmer said while “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is not a musical, it features the hit song, “Moon River” composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

For more information visit okmmusic.org.

Make a Gingerbread House for the Christkindl Market!

By Susan Albert

OKM Music is sponsoring a Christkindl Market from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and one of the activities is for the whole family to pitch in and make a gingerbread house at home and bring it to the office the day before the event. Judges will pick three winners in the contest: Most Creative, Most Festive and Most Delicious-Looking with cash prizes at stake.

What a great way to spend some family time together. I have never made one myself, but I’ve always thought it looked fun to do. From what I’ve read about the project, it is best to use a sturdy board to build your dream home such as plywood or a covered baking sheet; otherwise the weight of the house could cave in on cardboard.

You can use a kit if you don’t want to make your own gingerbread walls, and it is OK to use some graham crackers in the structure, too.  Everything must be edible (except the base of course). There are lots of recipes online to get you started. Here are a couple of them:




Royal icing is recommended to glue the walls and frame because it dries hard. I notice recipes differ as to whether they use real egg whites, egg white powder or meringue powder, but apparently they all work well. If you are squeamish about using raw eggs, use the powder, which is pasteurized.

Everyone in the family can help design and decorate the house. Use M&M’s, Smarties, peppermints, Red Hots, Skittles, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Deliver your masterpiece to the OKM Music office, 415 S. Dewey Ave., in Bartlesville, by 3 p.m. Dec. 1. Include your name and phone number in a visible place on the base board. Houses must be picked up by 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Children’s Tent.

Rules are found at the end of the Christkindl article under the Events menu.

The Christkindl Open-Air Market kicks off from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in front of OKM Music. Enjoy music, holiday beverages, beer, wine, delicious food as well as specialty gift shopping. Kids activities include crafts, games, storytelling with St. Nicholas, a puppeteer, face-painting and more.


Local women create OKM keepsake

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Staff at OK Mozart received a wonderful surprise on May 25, 2017 when Marilyn Johnson stopped in to show them a quilt she had been working on for three to four months.

“I’ve been collecting OK Mozart T-shirts for more than 20 years and didn’t know what to do with them,” she said.

“I didn’t want to throw them away and didn’t want to give them away. I’d heard about T-shirt quilts, so I called my friend who was a quilter, Marge Bice.”

Johnson had never quilted before, but she sews a lot and also cross-stitches.

“I was reaching out to an area I knew nothing about,” said Johnson.

Johnson drew the designs she wanted, and Bice, who has been quilting since 1986, took over the technical end. Johnson wanted them to look like real T-shirts on the quilt, so she drew a pattern, placed it over each T-shirt and cut them out.

Bice said once Johnson came up with the shirt design, the project just “grew and grew.”

They chose a cream-colored background for the squares. The strips between the squares are a flowered material to pick up all the colors of the T-shirts, according to Johnson.

Mary Lynn Mihm, festival chairman, was overwhelmed by the beauty of the quilt. “We are blessed to have amazing patrons in the community,” said Mihm.

Johnson will pass down the quilt to her daughters to share — Lori Ahlert, Jennifer Hanseen and Marianne Egan.

Johnson, of Bartlesville, and her late husband, Marvin, are longtime patrons of the arts. Johnson spent 50 years volunteering with Theater Bartlesville, on stage and as a board member.

Johnson said she likes everything about the Mozart concerts. “We used to have family outings at my daughter’s and always enjoyed the Woolaroc concerts. We made a big party out of it.”

The quilt will be on display during the OK Mozart festival, June 8-16, first in the Bartlesville Public Library till June 7, then in the Community Room of the Bartlesville Community Center from June 8-11, then back to the library display.

Photo: Marge Bice and Marilyn Johnson stand in front of the OK Mozart keepsake quilt they created.

OK Mozart hosts music enrichment program

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The electrifying trio of Glen McDaniel, Nick Villalobos, and Zack Clark, together known as Simply Three, has been captivating audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010.

Ahead of their May 12 performance at the Bartlesville Community Center, sponsored by OK Mozart, they made a stop at Central Middle School to perform and host a Q&A for all seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra students. Madison Middle School orchestra students joined Central to attend this opportunity.

Simply Three introduced an original piece debuting on their new album this fall, in addition to lively covers that had the students singing and clapping in the audience.

McDaniel, Villalobos, and Clark took questions from the students that ranged from favorite animal to why they started their careers in music.

“Simply Three left the middle school students inspired to pursue their passions in music,” said Ashley La Rue, director of development and planning at OK Mozart.

OK Mozart donated more than 100 vouchers to students and parents to attend Simply Three’s live show that evening at the Bartlesville Community Center.

“Glen, Nick, and Zack are true masters in their craft and their experience and energy filled our students with inspiration,” said La Rue. “Bringing aspiring students in close contact with professional musicians is a part of our mission at OK Mozart. In doing so, we inspire, educate, and enlighten students to pursue a career in the arts.”

Exposing youth to music enriches their educational experience and their lives, said La Rue. OK Mozart believes in the message Simply Three left the middle school orchestra students: “Find your passion and stay hungry.”

For more information about OK Mozart’s youth education programs, visit okmozart.com.