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Aug.4 - 8
BILLY ELLIOT is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey, with the music of Elton John, as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion that inspires his family and whole community, and changes his life forever. get tickets
Of Mice and Men
Sep.3 - 20
"Of Mice and Men" is set in California during the Great Depression, and follows two migrant workers - George, a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie, a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards his version of the American dream.
For more information about OKC Theatre Company, visit okctheatrecompany.org.get tickets
Gala Opening Night
Emanuel Ax, Piano
Nelson: Savannah River Holiday
Stravinsky: "The Firebird" Suite (1919)
Brahms: Piano Concerto #2 in B-flat major, Op. 83get tickets
The 2nd Annual Oklahoma City Jazz Festival is a weeklong celebration that will take place in different parts of OKC from September 21st through September 26th. The Civic Center Music Hall is happy to host some of those events, including American Jazz Pianist David Benoit on September 25th at 8pm at the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre.
Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit's expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His '80s releases "This Side Up", "Freedom at Midnight" and the GRAMMY® nominated "Every Step of the Way" are considered influential genre classics. Among his other GRAMMY® nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for Dad's Room, from 1999's Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the All-Star Big Band). His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including "Here's To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years" and the star-studded "40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas") that reflects his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit's role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist's top jazz and pop influences.
Benoit's ever expanding slate of orchestral music endeavors include his ongoing roles as conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and leading such eminent orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of London, Nuremberg, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Antonio, and San Jose. Concurrent with his burgeoning career as a conductor, he recorded 1996's American Landscape with The London Symphony Orchestra and 2005's Orchestral Stories with members of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Orchestral Stories featured his first piano concerto "The Centaur and the Sphinx" and his acclaimed symphonic piece "Kobe," both of which he has performed in live settings across the country. In 2009, Benoit performed and conducted Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" with the Asia America Symphony Orchestra in a show that included Broadway great Lea Salonga; he later conducted Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the same orchestra in his critically acclaimed debut at Los Angeles' Disney Hall.
Benoit's notable film scores include The Stars Fell on Henrietta, produced by Clint Eastwood and starring Robert Duvall; and The Christmas Tree, produced by Sally Field, voted Best Score of 1996 by Film Score Magazine. Benoit has also been a longtime guest educator with the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, winning the organization's "excellence in music education" award in 2001.get tickets