The concert is featuring a wide variety of music, from classical to modern, and Zielinski said no matter a person’s preference, he hopes individuals walk away feeling enriched from the music.
“Well, I think it’s beautiful. To me it can be that simple,” he said, on the benefit of hearing live music. “Maybe for an hour and a half someone hears something beautiful, and their life is void of chaos or it can bring back a memory to them. If we do our music right and we do it in a sincere way, we should be able to connect with a person’s emotion and intellect.”
The concert opens with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, featuring flute, oboe, violin and trumpet, with University of Oklahoma faculty artists Beth Sievers as concertmaster, Karl Sievers on trumpet, Valerie Watts on flute, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic oboist Lisa Harvey-Reed.
Second on the program is Howard Hanson’s 1945 Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings, Op. 35 with Watts on flute and Gaye LeBlanc on harp. Next, the Phil is performing Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite from the original score. A projection of the famed 1944 ballet choreographed by Martha Graham, provided by the Martha Graham Foundation, will run alongside the piece.
Additional selections include Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) and Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 3 “The Camp Meeting.”
The concert concludes with the Christmas hymn, “What Child is This,” as well as the winning presentation of the Phil’s Christmas Carol Competition.
The Rev. Linda Harker with McFarlin said the church is happy to host this community event along with Zielinski, who is also McFarlin’s director of music ministries.
“I think what it does is it unites the community and the work of God. And I think they will be able to be blessed by amazing incredible music and at the same time be able to help people. Which seems to be the heart of this community,” said Harker, of those in attendance. “It’s absolutely one of the most giving communities I’ve ever lived in. They care about each other.”