OK Mozart International Festival announces new artistic director

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A past conductor of three concerts with OK Mozart's Amici New York Orchestra is now taking a leadership role in the organization of Bartlesville's international musical festival held every June.

Announced last week as the new artistic director for the OK Mozart Festival was Constantine Kitsopoulos, one who has conducted orchestras in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Royal Albert Hall and on Broadway, according to festival officials.

He serves as musical director for the Queens Symphony Orchestra, general director of Chatham Opera, music director of Festival of the Arts BOCA in south and the music director and conductor of The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess", the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical revival featuring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis.

OK Mozart Executive Director Shane Jewell said during Kitsopoulos' time in Bartlesville for OK Mozart, festival organizers saw the conductor's connection and mutual respect with the musicians.

"Constantine presented his ideas for the Festival's future to the OKM Board of Directors where it was clear that he is someone who can help breathe new life into this very special event in Oklahoma." said Jewell.

Audiences will hear about the specifics of these changes when OK Mozart announces the 2013 Festival line up at the OKM Launch Party this spring.

"Kitsopoulos has many wonderful ideas on how we can work to make the Festival a cohesive event with a new artistic perspective," Jewell said, adding the upcoming 2013 festival will mark the 29th anniversary for OK Mozart.

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