Holiday Music Calls from the Gold Dome on Dec. 4


Maestro and master violinist Yuval Waldman returns to Oklahoma for a holiday concert at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 in a novel venue – the historic Gold Dome in midtown Oklahoma City. Waldman will be joined by the Harding Fine Arts Academy Choir as well as a hand-chosen string ensemble. Based in New York City, Waldman travels and performs around the world and is known for imaginative approaches to music presentation.

Maestro Yuval Waldman of New York City returns to Oklahoma on Dec. 4 for a Holiday Concert Under the Dome – showcasing the choir from the Harding Fine Arts Academy and a world-class strings group led by Waldman.

Waldman will perform a variety of holiday concertos from around the world, including Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, with his string ensemble.

Students from Harding Fine Arts Academy under the direction of J. Warren Mitchell will add vocal talent to the evening’s program.

Never imagined as a concert space, the Gold Dome building at 23rd  and Classen was saved from extinction as a bank and then reimagined in recent years as a multicultural center with shopping, dining and music. The concert, set for 3 p.m. Dec. 4, is made possible by the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Foundation in Chickasha.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and children 18 and under, and are available at www.usao.edu/holiday-under-dome or by calling 405-574-1355. The concert will benefit music programs at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha and the Gold Dome Multicultural Society in Oklahoma City.

Waldman, a Russian-born Israeli violinist who has performed around the globe, serves as creative director for this third Holiday Music Under the Dome event. In Oklahoma, Waldman is known for the highly imaginative three-year series on great composers at USAO.

But around the world, 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 the first anniversary of the 9-11 World Trade

Center disaster, 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.

Harding Fine Arts Academy is a public, charter high school sponsored by the Oklahoma City Public School District. Harding offers high school students a complete liberal arts education. Harding Fine Arts Academy was the first designated A+ High School in Oklahoma

Tshotsholoza as performed by the Harding Fine Arts Academy Choir

Battle of Jericho as performed by the Harding Fine Arts Academy Choir

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor – Yuval Waldman Ensemble

Spanish Dance – Yuval Waldman Ensemble

Non Nobis Domine as performed by the Harding Fine Arts Academy Choir

Fantasy on Jerusalem of Gold – Yuval Waldman Ensemble

Liebesleid/Liebefreud – Yuval Waldman Ensemble

Yankee Doodle Variations – Yuval Waldman Ensemble