Cocktail Concerts are a one-of-a-kind experience that combines a vibrant musical performance with perfectly paired cocktails. The Appassionata Viola and Harp Duo presents an eclectic selection of engaging performances, all set in a romantic candlelit ambiance at Tulsa’s historic Ambassador Hotel. Each elegant evening begins and ends with a cocktail party where guests enjoy mingling with the musicians and fellow concert-goers. The intimate concert setting gives concert goers an up-close-and-personal experience where audience members are encouraged to ask questions and converse with the musicians during the performance.
Since its formation in 2010, the Appassionata Duo has been captivating audiences with vibrant interpretations of popular and classical music. Appassionata’s versatile performance can include everything from sultry Latin tangos to poignant romantic classics and several surprises from their pop or rock collection. The duo features Tulsa Symphony Orchestra’s principal violist Jeff Cowen and principal harpist Jill Wiebe. In 2012, the duo set out to combine their love of music and cocktails to create a perfect evening and the Cocktail Concert Series was born. Appassionata’s concerts are designed to resemble a gathering among friends, with the duo interacting closely with the audience and sharing information and anecdotes about the music. Since it’s launch, the Cocktail Concert Series has been wildly popular, with concerts often selling out months in advance!
The Ambassador Hotel is a historic landmark and one of Tulsa’s most beautiful buildings. Opened in 1929, this elegant hotel originally served as a luxury residence for Tulsa oil barons while their own mansions were being built. After the Great Depression, the building had a succession of owners and was ultimately vacated in 1987. In 1999, an investment group purchased the property and began a multi-million dollar renovation that restored the hotel to its former elegance. The Ambassador Hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. This luxury boutique hotel has recently been named one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Hotels in the United States.
The pre-concert cocktail party is an opportunity to mingle with the musicians and fellow concertgoers while enjoying cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres from one of Tulsa’s finest restaurants, The Chalkboard. Their expert mixologists carefully craft special cocktails designed to complement each concert theme. The evening concludes with a second reception featuring wine, coffee and desserts. All food and drink is included in the ticket price. For true gourmands who wish to enhance their evening’s experience, The Chalkboard offers a special pre-concert dinner exclusively for Cocktail Concert guests, featuring an ever-evolving menu of seasonal specialties.
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