Symphony presents special Love On Stage concert

D’Lynn EverettBartlesville Symphony Orchestra

Feb. 13 the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra will present “Love On Stage,” a full-length mostly-pops concert featuring a variety of musical styles and selections, all centered around love and romance. The music on the program comes from decades of popular song, the classical stages of orchestra, opera and ballet, and the movie screen. More than 20 selections will provide a wonderful variety of symphonic sounds to add that extra romance and enjoyment to the holiday.

The concert will feature special guest vocalist Elizabeth Montgomery who will join the orchestra in several popular numbers, including “Moon River,” “If I Loved You” and “My Fair Lady.” Dividing her time between Vinita and Nashville, Montgomery is making a name for herself through her concert and church appearances as well as through several CDs she has released.

Also featured will be a favorite of local audiences, the BSO’s own Principal Trumpet Stephen Goforth. His mellow stylings will be heard on “Embraceable You,” the Harry James classic “You Made Me Love You,” and the Beatles’ “Something.”

A special treat will be the rarely heard Don Sebesky arrangement of “Send in the Clowns.” This lush arrangement for strings features soloists — harpist Lorelei Barton, Concertmaster David Kazmierzak on violin and our own BSO Maestro Lauren Green on cello. This is only the third time Green has shared his cello talents alongside the orchestra in nearly 40 years.

Other musical highlights will be the love themes from the movies “Forever Young” and “Two Weeks Notice.” This easy-going concert will be a treat for the veteran symphony-goer as well as for those not used to a heavier concert. The pieces are all on the short side and vary in style.

The romance begins with the BSO hosting a Gourmet Valentine’s Dinner upstairs in the Price Tower for $75 a person. There are very limited seats so please go online to purchase your ticket at

At the same time, the BSO is partnering with the Young Professionals for a Champagne & Chocolate event before the symphony concert from 6-7 p.m. at Ambler Hall, 415 S. Dewey Ave. Tickets are $10 for YP Members and $12 for all other guests. Tickets may be purchased through YP or at the door. Buy One Get One Symphony Vouchers will be available to those who attend this sweetheart get together.

At the Bartlesville Community Center you will see several new cars provided by Patriot Honda set up to view in the community hall. And afterwards there will be cookies and punch for the concert goers provided by American Heritage Bank.

Tickets to the Bartlesville Symphony Love On Stage can be purchased at the Bartlesville Community Center 918-336-2787.