Starlight Opens Season
In June, Starlight Concerts began its 69th season and its second summer season at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. Starlight’s professional groups are made up of a concert band and a jazz orchestra.
As always, the concerts are free and open to the public. Those attending are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic dinners while they enjoy live music played under the stars.
The opening performance of the 2015 season was on Tuesday, June 16.
On June 30, Starlight will present “Things That Go Bump in the Night.”
Selections will include music from “Psycho” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” as well as a tune called “The Monster Under the Bed.”
Other things that “go bump in the night” are the beats of big band music. The second half of the program will feature vocalist Kelly Ford and selections such as “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “Glenn Miller in Concert.” Ford, a home-grown singer, competed on “Star Search” and was a featured singer at Disney World’s Epcot Center. Currently, he performs and travels across the United States.
Other guests for the evening are the Gypsy Fire Belly Dancing Troupe and Spotlight Brass. The members of Gypsy Fire will provide pre-concert entertainment beginning at 7:30 pm. During intermission, Spotlight Brass will perform.
On July 7, the band will perform “Way Out West,” with special guests fiddler Jeff Smith and Tulsa Metro Sound. July 14, “Night at the Movies” will feature popular movie themes, followed by Laurel & Hardy in “Liberty.” On July 21, the theme will be “Jazz Standards” and on July 28, the Starlight Jazz Orchestra will perform a tribute to Billy Strayhorn, Duke’s right-hand man.
Starlight’s concerts are ideal entertainment for the entire family.
Guthrie Green offers free parking and is accessible to those with disabilities. Concessions will be available.
Guarantors for the 2015 season are the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Treeman Family Foundation in honor of Jeff Treeman. Other major sponsors include: Cedar Creek, Circle Cinema, Creative State, First Fidelity Bank, Guthrie Green, Liberty Press, National Endowment for the Arts, Public Radio Tulsa: /KWTU, Saied Music Company and The Jimmie & Helen Saied Foundation, Universal Combustion Corporation, The Charles & Marion Weber Foundation in memory of Dr. Charles E. and Marion L. Weber, and Will Rogers Rotary Club.
For more information, visit starlightbands.net.