In Sunday’s (5/5) Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), Rick Rogers writes, “Orchestral composers regularly concern themselves with melodic, harmonic and rhythmic materials, as well as sonorities that are produced when various instruments are combined. … Yet while orchestral solos abound in the orchestral repertoire, audiences rarely have the opportunity to hear works that showcase groups of similar instruments. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic will remedy that situation with an all-orchestral season finale. The orchestral brass will perform a new work by Australian composer Paul Terracini titled ‘Gegensatze’ (‘Contrasts’). The string ensemble will be spotlighted in Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and the woodwinds will be featured in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Capriccio Italien.’ Rounding out the program are Wagner’s overture to ‘The Flying Dutchman’ and Strauss’ suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier.’ Music director Joel Levine will conduct. Perhaps the most unusual work in this concert, and the one that qualifies as the most visually exciting, is Christopher Rouse’s ‘Ogoun Badagris.’ Inspired by Haitian drumming patterns, the 1976 work features five percussionists who play more than two dozen instruments.”

Posted May 7, 2013