Waldman Returns for Christmas Concert Dec. 15

Marcie Price
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Maestro and master violinist Yuval Waldman returns to Oklahoma for a holiday concert in a novel venue – the historic Gold Dome in midtown Oklahoma City. Conceived as a bank and constructed as one only five geodesic domes in America in the 1950s, the landmark structure at the corner of 23rd and Classen is a commercial center listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Based in New York City, Waldman travels and performs around the world and is known for imaginative approaches to music presentation.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Violin virtuoso Yuval Waldman is joined by a strings ensemble and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble from the University of Science and Arts for a concert of classical and popular music under the historic Gold Dome during Christmas Under the Dome.

Scheduled on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Gold Dome at 23rd and Classen in Oklahoma City, Christmas Under the Dome is a first for that historic facility. Tickets are $25 and available here or by calling 405-574-1213. The concert will benefit music programs at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha and the Gold Dome Multicultural Society.

Waldman and a special strings ensemble are scheduled to perform The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. The Four Seasons is the most famous and most recorded piece by Vivaldi. It is a perfect work to start a new year.

The USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble is scheduled to perform a selection of popular Christmas tunes. The group is under the direction of Dr. Ken Bohannon, associate professor of music at USAO.

Russian-born Israeli violinist Yuval Waldman, who serves as both performer and artistic director for the event, has performed across the globe as a violin soloist with major orchestras in concerts and on radio and television. In addition to acclaim for his performances of standard repertory, Waldman is well known for his thoughtful and stylish performances and recordings of Baroque music, both as a violinist and as a conductor. He has championed rarely performed 19th century masterpieces and has commissioned and premiered numerous works by contemporary American and Israeli composers.

Some of Waldman’s career highlights include conducting on the Congressional steps in Washington, D.C. in a memorial concert on September 11, 2002, welcoming the millennium in a Benedictine monastery in Rome, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel in Moscow and conducting Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” for Portuguese villagers in Madeira.

Waldman was the director of the Five B's Festival at USAO that explored five genius composers in five weeks of music, drama and ideas from fall 2007 through spring 2009. Also known as the Festival of Music and Ideas, the performances focused on composers whose last names all started with the letter B -- Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok and Bernstein. These events, along with the new Christmas Under the Dome concert, are produced by the USAO Foundation.

Waldman has formed his strings ensemble from his many previous visits to the Sooner State, bringing together top talent for the Five B’s series from among musicians in the Oklahoma City metro area. This ensemble includes Ty Myers, who is orchestra director for Central College in Pella, Iowa, and Stephanie Lemoine, principal cello for the Fort Smith Sympony. Also, Martin Dalton and Steve Waddell, both of Norman.

The USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a vocal group that features a bass, drum and keyboard combo. The group is designed to travel and represent USAO and the Chickasha community. The ensemble has performed in Chickasha for the MacDowell Music Club, the Rotary Club and Lions Club.

The Gold Dome Multicultural Society is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase cross-cultural awareness through education, communication, and creative artworks.

Presto agitato from Sonata #3 in d minor, Opus 108, Yuval Waldman, violin, Tatiana Kuleshova, piano. Brahms in Concert, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha,OK, 23 June 2008.