Eight companies call the Civic Center Music Hall home. These groups combine to bring year round, world-class entertainment to Oklahoma City – offering the best of ballet, theatre, Broadway, chorus and orchestra. Get the hottest ticket in town, right here at the Civic Center Music Hall.
Canterbury Voices was founded in May 1969 as Canterbury Choral Society at All Souls Episcopal Church with 60 singers and now performs in Oklahoma City’s premier performance venue, Civic Center Music Hall. The 125-member Adult Chorus is the flagship program of the organization and the largest of its kind in the state of Oklahoma. All singers are auditioned volunteers, most with extensive musical and stage experience, and come from all over Oklahoma. The Adult Chorus collaborates with many sister arts agencies like the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma City University singers, Oklahoma City Ballet, as well as many talented singers and musicians from around the United States including, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Coburn and Ron Raines.
Canterbury Voices and the Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music share a unique partnership through the creation of two joint artistic positions and through their vision of forming a center for choral excellence. Other collaborations include a shared choral music library, students performing with the adult chorus on selected concerts and student participation in Canterbury adult and youth programs as conducting and staff assistants.
Civic Center Foundation
Concurrent with the Civic Center Music Hall's grand opening in 2001, the Civic Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed to develop resources for the reopening, foster advocacy and provide for the improvement, maintenance and support of the Music Hall. The mission of the Foundation is to ensure that a strong and vibrant performing arts presence endures within Oklahoma City through continued capital improvements that will enhance and enrich the patron experience. The Foundation has operated under an agreement with the City of Oklahoma City that allows the Foundation to market naming rights, suite rentals and engage in fundraising to generate revenue for the Foundation, which has contributed over $2.5 million to Civic Center projects. Recently they have announced plans to take on co-promoting the Broadway season starting in 2016/2017.
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Founded in 1963, Lyric is Oklahoma's leading professional theatre company. For over 50 years, Lyric has produced classic and contemporary musicals and plays featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites. Lyric produces four large-scale, fully orchestrated musicals at the Civic Center Music Hall each summer, as well as four smaller works at the Plaza Theatre during the spring, fall and winter. Lyric's Thelma Gaylord Academy is a professional training ground for students ages 5-18 offering classes in all aspects of musical theatre. Academy students have the opportunity to perform in two full-scale productions each year on the Plaza Theatre stage. For more information visit LyricTheatreOKC.com.
Oklahoma City Ballet
Oklahoma City Ballet has been Oklahoma City's professional ballet company for over 43 years. Its long standing history of producing high quality dance performances has garnered it attention as one of the finest regional ballet companies in America. Led by Artistic Director Robert Mills, the company produces 4 main stage productions per season in Oklahoma City and tours across Oklahoma and the surrounding states. It is the only ballet company of its size to regularly debut world premiere story ballets with original commissioned scores and also commission's new works from the industry's leading choreographers.
Oklahoma City Philharmonic
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Joel Levine, performs Classics, Pops and Family concerts with internationally acclaimed guest soloists from September to May. One of the countries most successful regional orchestras, the OKC Philharmonic has been praised for exceptional and inspirational musicianship by audiences, critics and top performers from Yo-Yo Ma and Renee Fleming to Kristin Chenoweth and Tony Bennett.
Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre Company
City Rep, the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, is recognized as Oklahoma's leading small professional Equity theater, providing a variety of Comedies, Dramas, and Musicals. Leading artists from Broadway, off-Broadway, and throughout the American stage join the finest Oklahoma talent at City Rep to provide our city and state with a unique voice on the regional theater scene.
Oklahoma City Theatre Company
Founded in 1999, OKC Theatre Company has evolved into a eclectic company offering an outstanding variet of shows in a six play lineup. These shows include comdies, drama, musicals, edgy modern plays, classics of world literature, and a new play festival. If you have yet to experience the live, daring theatre that OKC Theatre Company brings, come be a part of an exciting future as OKCTC continues to grow and evolve as artists and a community.