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Yo-Yo Ma

The Year Was 1988. The U.S.S.R. Was attempting Perestroika, Sonny Bono was the mayor of Palm Springs and Bobby McFerrin hit it big with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” … and a mustachioed Joel Levine stepped onto the podium to conduct the newly formed Oklahoma City Philharmonic. A quarter of a century later, the mustache has gone the way of the Soviet Union, but Maestro Levine is still at the baton, and he and the city’s orchestra are about to launch into a season-long celebration of 25 years of making beautiful music together.

“There’s an excitement about this season that’s very real,” says the venerable conductor before enthusing about the historical documentation and memorabilia that will accompany this year’s performances, spanning back across the 80-year history of orchestral performance in Oklahoma City. Levine says he hoped all those years ago that he’d still be involved today, and is happy to share credit with an involved public and dedicated musicians and staff alike. Fundamentally speaking, “We try to make it fun, while enriching people’s lives through hearing masterpieces. The idea is that people should walk out feeling good about having gone – ‘I’m glad I went and I had a great time.’”

 

CLASSICS



September 28

The season begins with a robust dose of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky. And speaking of robust, the powerful playing of guest pianist Andrew Von Oeyen is positively thrilling.

Jennifer Koh Courtesy Juergen Frank

October 19

A performance slate anchored by the namesake symphony is embroidered by a mesmerizing display of speed and grace from guest Stradivarius-wielder Jennifer Koh, as well as Smetana’s fluidly patriotic “The Moldau.”

November 16

Garrick Ohlsson has an unusually large reach at the keyboard and an exceptionally vast performance repertoire, though he’ll confine himself to Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in this legendary evening.

Conrad Tao

January 11

“Prodigy” is a good word for Conrad Tao – besides being a lauded pianist and violinist and composer, he was five years shy of being born at the time of the OKC Philharmonic’s first season. He’ll be pounding out Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to kick off 2014.

February 1

February is a season for romance, making the month a perfect time to showcase two great Romantic composers – though the verb “showcase” might be better used in reference to the dizzying virtuosity of guest violinist Sarah Chang.

Yolanda Kondonassis

March 1

It’s a double bill for March, and the orchestra’s rendition of Mahler’s “Titan” symphony is especially apt considering the two masters of their instruments who star in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp: Marina Piccinini and Yolanda Kondonassis, respectively.

April 5

Why not put his name in the title? He’s not merely among the greatest living artists on the cello; he’s one of the world’s most widely renowned instrumental musicians, period. Maestro Levine recalled Ma’s previous OKC performance in September 2003, and pointed out that “he could be playing anywhere in the world on any given night; if he did not enjoy [visiting the metro] the first time, he would not be back a second.” The Philharmonic’s presentation of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” is not to be missed, but it’s the unbroken beauty of Schumann’s Cello Concerto that will sell out this show.

May 10

This is the way the season will end: not with a whimper, but a bang. Or, more accurately, a bunch of booms. After a rousing set of orchestral favorites – Debussy, Borodin, RavelMaestro Levine will bring the house down with the traditional season-ender from back in the good old days, and one of the most explosively enjoyable concert works ever penned.

POPS



November 1-2

The Philharmonic plumbs the final frontier for musical treats ranging from iconic space movie scores to sci-fi TV themes. Oh, and you may know the guest host: the one and only George Takei.

George Takei

December 6 - 7

Dancing, singing, theater, glittery costumes and resonant carols – a White Christmas is guaranteed, at least in the Civic Center, as George Dvorsky and Gwendolyn Jones star in a seasonal spectacular.

Midtown Men

January 24 - 25

Groove to harmonious ’60s-centric classics from the Fab Four, the Four Seasons and more, courtesy of four stars from the original cast of “Jersey Boys.”

February 21 - 22

The heat is on as orchestral backing pushes the mercury to new heights in a high-energy rock tribute to Queen, featuring vocals from Vegas vet Brody Bolyniuk.

March 21 - 22

The audience calls the shots in a powerhouse show starring Lisa Vroman, Ron Raines and Karen Ziemba – Blank is at the baton, but it’s fan ballots that will choose the music.

Neil Sedaka

April 25 - 26

His website lists his discography as a staggering 49 albums over a 54-year-and-counting career. The lifelong songwriter performs a melodious evening of hits from his own catalog.



Molto Allegro

Tickets for OKC Philharmonic shows tend to be hot items anyway, and with a slate this special in the offing … well, bear in mind that season subscribers enjoy admission to the entire performance lineup. Legendary guest cellists and all. For tickets or more information,
visit okcphilharmonic.org or call 842.5387.

 

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April 2019

Men and women from across the American West played critical roles - both “over there” and on the home front - in helping the Allies win World War I. The National Cowboy & Western...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Contact Name: Jenni
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Celebrate Easter with a trip to Andy Alligator’s Fun Park! On Saturday and Sunday, get $5 off an All-Day Pass with our Eggcellent Easter Special. All-Day Passes include Go-Karts,...

Cost: $23.95

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3300 Market Pl
Norman, OK  73072
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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
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The Annual Mentorship Exhibition features pieces from Oklahoma City high school students that visit the Artspace studio each month. Throughout the duration of the program, the students engage with...

Cost: Free

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Artspace at Untitled
1 NE 3rd st
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Sponsor: Artspace at Untitled
Telephone: 405-815-9995
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles - both “over there” and on the home front - in helping the Allies win World War I. The National Cowboy & Western...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Contact Name: Jenni
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The OSU Symphony Orchestra will conclude the 2018-19 season with Schubert's monumental and majestic Symphony No. 9 in C ("The Great"). The concert opens with The European Anthem,...

Cost: General Admission: $10; Students & Seniors: $7

Where:
Oklahoma State University Department of Music
132 Seretean Ctr
Stillwater, OK  74078
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Sponsor: Oklahoma State University Department of Music
Telephone: 405.744.6133
Contact Name: Dr. Thomas Dickey
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The Annual Mentorship Exhibition features pieces from Oklahoma City high school students that visit the Artspace studio each month. Throughout the duration of the program, the students engage with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artspace at Untitled
1 NE 3rd st
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: Artspace at Untitled
Telephone: 405-815-9995
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles - both “over there” and on the home front - in helping the Allies win World War I. The National Cowboy & Western...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Contact Name: Jenni
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Potbelly Sandwich Shop is giving back to the local neighborhood with Feed Your Smile, a fundraiser supporting Concordia Life Care Community.  Show this flyer on your smartphone or...

Cost: Free

Where:
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
8500 N Rockwell Ave
OKC, OK  73132
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Sponsor: Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Telephone: 405-792-5112
Contact Name: Katy Fabrie
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The Annual Mentorship Exhibition features pieces from Oklahoma City high school students that visit the Artspace studio each month. Throughout the duration of the program, the students engage with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artspace at Untitled
1 NE 3rd st
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: Artspace at Untitled
Telephone: 405-815-9995
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RexFest will feature an interactive art exhibit called a luminarium created by Architects of Air. From April 25-28, visitors can walk through the inflatable sculpture, which disperses light and...

Cost: $8 for kids; $10 for adults; $30 for families of four

Where:
Together Square
400 W Sheridan Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Delta Dental

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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles - both “over there” and on the home front - in helping the Allies win World War I. The National Cowboy & Western...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Contact Name: Jenni
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The Annual Mentorship Exhibition features pieces from Oklahoma City high school students that visit the Artspace studio each month. Throughout the duration of the program, the students engage with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artspace at Untitled
1 NE 3rd st
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
View map »


Sponsor: Artspace at Untitled
Telephone: 405-815-9995
Website »

More information

RexFest will feature an interactive art exhibit called a luminarium created by Architects of Air. From April 25-28, visitors can walk through the inflatable sculpture, which disperses light and...

Cost: $8 for kids; $10 for adults; $30 for families of four

Where:
Together Square
400 W Sheridan Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Sponsor: Delta Dental

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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles - both “over there” and on the home front - in helping the Allies win World War I. The National Cowboy & Western...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Contact Name: Jenni
Website »

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"Deliberately silencing the internal chatter and not overthinking. Conscious, but not over-trying. With this approach, things just seem to happen—it’s where all the substance is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Individual Artists of Oklahoma
706 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Individual Artists of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.412.2541
Contact Name: David Smith

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Cost: $5 at the door, 13 and under free

Where:
Heritage Place
2829 S. MacArthur
Oklahoma City, OK  73128
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Sponsor: Junk Hippy
Contact Name: Kristen Grandi
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A Sporting Chance will host the 25th annual Track and Field Meet at Branson Junior High in Branson, Missouri. A Sporting Chance provides year-round sports and recreation programs designed for those...

Where:
Branson Junior High
263 Buccaneer Boulevard
Branson, MO  65616
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Sponsor: A Sporting Chance
Telephone: 404-314-2188
Contact Name: Hannah Schachinger

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RexFest will feature an interactive art exhibit called a luminarium created by Architects of Air. From April 25-28, visitors can walk through the inflatable sculpture, which disperses light and...

Cost: $8 for kids; $10 for adults; $30 for families of four

Where:
Together Square
400 W Sheridan Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Delta Dental

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This one-day festival is rooted in the printing of large-scale woodblocks carved by local Oklahoma artists. We bring in a 5-ton steamroller and print pre-carved blocks throughout the day on Tyvek...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artspace at Untitled
1 NE 3rd st
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: Artspace at Untitled
Telephone: 405-815-9995
Contact Name: Evan
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles - both “over there” and on the home front - in helping the Allies win World War I. The National Cowboy & Western...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Contact Name: Jenni
Website »

More information

The Annual Mentorship Exhibition features pieces from Oklahoma City high school students that visit the Artspace studio each month. Throughout the duration of the program, the students engage with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artspace at Untitled
1 NE 3rd st
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
View map »


Sponsor: Artspace at Untitled
Telephone: 405-815-9995
Website »

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Andy Alligator's is celebrating teachers! On Saturday and Sunday, teachers with a valid ID will receive a FREE All-Day Pass and $5 off for each family member! An All-Day Pass includes...

Cost: Teachers receive a FREE All-Day Pass; family members get $5 off

Where:
Andy Alligator's Fun Park & Water Park
3300 Market Pl
Norman, OK  73072
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America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: $59.95

Where:
The Skirvin Hilton
1 Park Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: The Dinner Detective
Telephone: 866.496.0535
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Get a sample of the nightlife of Spain at Tulsa Botanic Garden's "Viva La Vida." The Garden is bringing star chef Jamie Bissonnette (Toro restaurants in Boston, NYC, Bangkok and...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
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2nd annual gathering of "The Big Lebowksi" fans at The Dude Abides OKC All Oklahoma City Urban Achievers, Abiders and Coen Brothers fans are invited to join us at Fassler Hall OKC and...

Cost: Free, contests have entry fee

Where:
Fassler Hall
421 NW 10th
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: Revolve Productions
Telephone: 405.810.6977
Contact Name: Tobi Coleman
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