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“Music from Home” and “Home Spun Music Festival”
To be presented by OKCPHIL
June 11-13, 2021
Oklahoma City, OK, May 26, 2021:
They say musical talent is Oklahoma’s number one export! Join the OKCPHIL as we capture some of that rising talent with a weekend of “Music from Home”. The OKCPHIL Pops concert on June 11 and 12 at 8PM will bring some recognizable cross over, country, and folk favorites like “Don’t it Make your Brown Eyes Blue”, “Blue Bayou”, “Devil Went Down to Georgia”, “Fancy”, “The Climb” and “Man, I Feel Like a Woman”, as well as some original new songs from the featured artists. This exciting program will feature Country Music Association (CMA) rising Star KYLIE MORGAN, the singer-song writing duo Middle Sister, Robin Brooks and Susan Pierce, plus Kyle Dillingham on fiddle! Plus don’t miss special musical tributes to two remarkable women who were pivotal in influencing several generations of musical talent in Oklahoma: Jody Miller and Wanda Jackson. Tickets for this event are available at okcphil.org or by calling (405) 842-5387.
Then Sunday, June 13 join the OKCPHIL for a free outdoor concert, “Home Spun Music Festival” at Scissortail Park. Beginning at 6:45PM we welcome pre-show performances by Wood Willow and Horseshoe Road, leading into the thrilling 8:30 PM OKCPHIL concert featuring Kylie Morgan, Middle Sister, and Kyle Dillingham.
This outdoor Sunday performance is made possible with the support of the Presenting Sponsor Inasmuch Foundation and is FREE and open to the public. Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and their own picnic basket to enjoy the evening while also practicing social distancing. Masks are encouraged.
“We are thrilled to partner with these wonderful artists to bring a fun and festive outdoor celebration to our own community” says Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate about the two different programs for the weekend. “It is so meaningful to plug into the roots of our country music community and also celebrate iconic female stars Jody Miller and Wanda Jackson, while highlighting singer-songwriters currently on the rise here in Oklahoma and across the country. Audiences will delight in both the Pops concerts and Sunday’s Free Festival and we are thrilled to bring these performances to our community.”
Kylie Morgan a Newcastle Oklahoma Native signed with EMI Records Nashville, began writing songs in her hometown when she was only 12 years old. A masterful storyteller, the singer-songwriter released her music independently in her early teens, garnering national attention from music producers and television executives. At the age of 16, she was named “Who New To Watch” by the Country Music Association (CMA). At 19, she moved to Nashville. Recognizing Kylie’s unique talent, the SMACKSongs team signed her to their roster under the guidance of GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. She was recently selected for the CMA KixStart program where she receives opportunities to participate in events and connect with industry professionals. Kylie has previously toured with artists including Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, and Maren Morris.
Middle Sister – Performing with a distinctive acoustic blend, spotlighting vocal harmonies, diverse instruments and imaginative lyricism, Susan Pierce and Robin Brooks perform a variety of original folk tunes combined with beloved covers throughout central Oklahoma. These ‘musical sisters’ first started performing together as music majors at Oklahoma City University. They continued in varied musical careers, Susan branching off from opera and music theatre to sing jazz standards, and incorporated a variety of instruments into their musical palette. Some of Robin’s credits include work on stage and television. When reconnecting in 2019, Susan and Robin realized they were both writing original music and decided to team up to create “Middle Sister”.
Kyle Dillingham and Horse Shoe Road Voted “Best Americana/Folk Band” in the 2016 Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards, trio Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road’s (Peter Markes & Brent Saulsbury) eclectic style rooted in bluegrass and western swing always aims to inspire. On stage, Horseshoe Road performs a mix of band originals, classic covers, and fiddling favorites that are sure to have audiences on their feet. Alumni of an American Music Abroad tour in Korea, Taiwan, Burma, and Russia, they have represented America internationally in 37 countries, energizing audiences worldwide. In 2018, they were selected for a coveted performance at Nashville’s signature Country Music event, CMA Fest.
Wood Willow Bringing old time sounds into the present, this trio based in Oklahoma City and includes Joel Parks on guitar, Becca Herrod on mandolin, and Lucas Gillette on stand-up bass. Armed with a repertoire of harmony filled traditional and original music, the group has released a two-song EP in 2020, and in spring of 2022 is set to release their first full length studio album. WoodWillowMusic.com
The OKCPHIL recognizes the generosity of the following: June 13 Outdoor Concert Presenting Sponsor Inasmuch Foundation, and Jun 11-22 Concert Sponsors Skirvin Hilton and I Heart Media, including KTST and KXY Radio.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic has gained recognition as one of the nation’s premier regional orchestras. Tracing its roots to 1924, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic was formed in 1988 under the musical direction of Founder and Music Director Emeritus Joel Levine and began a new era with the passing of the baton to Maestro Alexander Mickelthwate in 2018. The Orchestra remains steadfast in its mission “to provide inspiration and joy for the community through orchestral music.” Through its consistent commitment to excellence, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic strives to enrich lives, expand cultural development, educate future generations, and provide audiences with a diverse and inspirational performance experiences. Committed to expanding its reach well beyond the concert hall, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic enjoys a close collaborative relationship with Oklahoma’s schools, colleges, and universities as well as the city’s other premier arts organizations including Oklahoma City Ballet and Canterbury Voices. Through high-caliber performances and a variety of education and community engagement programs the OKC Phil serves over 135,000 throughout the states of Oklahoma. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 405-“TICKETS” (842-5387), or visit okcphilharmonic.org.