>> Friday, January 20, 2006
Gilbert & Sullivan? What the fuck is up with this? This is the OK MOZART Festival for fuck's sake and it's Mozart's 250th frikkin' birthday, and the OK MOZART Festival is barely throwing Mozart a fucking bone!
I'm so pissed off over this one I'm cross-eyed. (My friend Dan L. over in the Mozart Forum needs to get a picture of this--he's really into crossed eyes these days...)
I really don't understand this. I mean one would assume that a major Mozart Festival would be featuring at least two major Mozart works in the Mozart year? Is that not reasonable? Apparently not for OK Mozart. They're opening the festival with a lesser-known Gilbert and Sullivan work, "The Sorcerer". The second night features the Van Cliburn silver medalist playing Bach, Medtner, Chopin, and Liszt--absolutely NO Mozart whatsoever! The Thursday Concert features a Bluegrass band. Oh Whoa! Wait a minute...Wednesday June 14th we're being treated to the Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor. Gee thanks! And the Grand Finale Concert ends with the TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F Minor. They're ending the 250th Birthday Celebration OK Mozart Festival with Tchaikovsky?
And let me mention that events in-between the major concerts include a Praise Band, jewelry and soap-making workshops, Churchband, Jambalaya Jass Band, the Bartlesville High School Steel Drum Band, Shroud of Turin-Taking Another Look, Frybread making, Little Princess tea, Pride of the Prairie Western Music, Victorian hat making workshop, Working with Chocolate, (suppose there will be any Mozartkugeln?), Men's and Women's Vintage Style Show, Cow Girls of the Wild West shows...
Need I mention more? Somebody get me out of this fucking redneck state!