Sarah Chang, violin
Joel Levine, conductor
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
"Her Heifetzian pitch, her sound, her sense, her trills, her dynamic range, her passion, her assurance, her deep penetration of the substance and nature of the music all combine to make her the best violinist I have heard in years, surely one of the foremost virtuosi of her time." - Toronto Globe and Mail
Carmen - A Triple Bill
Feb.7 - 9
George Balanchine's Rubies (Oklahoma Premiere)
World Premiere from Matthew Neenan
Jacob Sparso's Carmen (World Premiere)
This exciting triple bill evening of dance is headlined by a new world premiere ballet Carmen. Inspired by the Prosper Mérimée novella and using the famous "ballet suite" Rodion Shchedrin arranged from the Bizet opera of the same name, Carmen tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naive soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. Ballet Master Jacob Sparso brings his unique ability to weave intricate stories into exciting choreography for this dramatic ballet.
Also on the program is the 20th century master choreographer George Balanchine's Rubies. Danced to the music of Stravinksy, which epitomizes the long-term artistic relationship between Igor Stravinksy and George Balanchine, Rubies is inspired by the work of jewelry designer Claude Arpels. Rubies reveals the spirit, color, and fundamental nature of the jewel itself.
Rounding out the performance is a world premiere from Pennsylvania Ballet residne choreographer, Matthew Neenan. Mr. Neenan has received numerous awards for his choreography including the National Endwoment of the Arts and the Choo San Goh Foundation. His work has been featured by the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute.
Feb.13 - 23
An outlandish physical comedy with a romantic twist, the plot begins as Greg adopts a street-smart stray who soon becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. The marriage is in jeopardy until, after a series of complications, a compromise is reached, and Sylvia become a value family member. Sylvia looks and sounds like a dog to Greg and his wife, but the role is portrayed by a human woman who is fully capable of making Sylvia's thoughts and feelings known... to the audience, anyway. Ever wonder if your dog can understand you? Sylvia does.
Sylvia is recommended for adults and youth 14+ due to strong language and sexual innuendo.
Much Ado About Nothing
Feb.14 - 23
"Shakespeare's Most Romantic Comedy"
A Co-Production with TheatreOCU
Just in time for Valentine's Day, CityRep presents Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare's most sparkling romantic comedy about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, are engaged in a very "merry war"; they are both very glib and proclaim their disdain of love. Benedick and Beatric are tricked into confessing their love for each other, Claudio and Hero are reconciled with the aid of the comedic Dogberry and everyone else joins in celebrating the marriages of the two couples. Starring Oklahoma's Broadway Leading Lady Stacey Logan. A perfect Valentine's Day treat!
The Music of Queen
Feb.21 - 22
Featuring the incredible vocals of Vegas veteran Brody Bolyniuk, this show is high-energy and huge fun. This Windborne Production is a powerful tribute that soars through the classic hits of Queen.
Sports and Music
Fight songs, Olympic fanfares, theme music and more! We'll surprise you with all the way sports and music go together.
Michael presents: Parlor Rock
Mozart & Mahler
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
Marina Piccinini, flute
Joel Levine, conductor
Mozart: Concerto to Flute and Harp
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 ("Titan")
"Yolanda Kondonassis is a harpist who handles the repertory of her instrument with considerable poise and musicianly energy... powerful playing." - The New York Times
Brahms may have written the Requiem in memory of his mother, but it is equally possible that he had in mind his great friend and composer, Robert Schumann, whose madness and tragic death had profoundly affected the young Brahms.
Brahms wrote a Requiem to comfort the living, not one for the souls of the dead. Consequently the work focuses on faith in the Resurrection rather than fear of the Day of Judgement. It was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of exceptional vision, and it finally confirmed Brahms' reputation as a composer of international stature.
The famous chorus, 'How lovely are thy dwellings', is at the heart of the work, and moves from solemnity and grief to the certainty of comfort. Just as in Handel's Messiah, it features a baritone soloist singing 'We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed ... at the sound of the last trumpet', as well as the lyrics 'Death, where is thy sting?' The Requiem reaches its peaceful conclusion at the same word with which it began: 'Blessed'.
March Madness starring Ron Raines
Mar.21 - 22
Lisa Vroman, Ron Raines, Karen Ziemba, and Larry Blank
One of the most active Pops conductors in the world, Larry Blank has a long list of music that he has also arranged for the orchestra. The Philharmonic decided to let YOU choose teh program for this concert! Watch for your first round ballot and choose your all-time favorites.
Mar.25 - 26
Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating brand new show you will never forget. Shen Yun captures the spirit of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly through regions, dynasties, and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world. It is a grand production with nearly 100 artists, 400 costumes, and the only orchestra in the world masterfully blending two of the world's greatest classical music traditions, Chinese and Western, into one glorious sound as permanent members. Shen Yun is the first company to present classical Chinese dance to the world on a large scale and it has taken the globe by storm, performing in over 100 cities. Shows in top venues, like New York's Lincoln Center, are sold out.
Every year, Shen Yun Performing Arts unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and muscial scores that offers an exhilarating world-class production on a grand scale. Think of it as a journey into a long-lost world you cannot see anwhere else-from ancient legends to heavenly palaces to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom to modern-day China where this ancient heritage has been destroyed. But now you can experience it live on stage. Find out why artists and theatregoers around the world are calling Shen Yun "breathtaking", "mesmerizing", "a miracle", and "inspiring." Allow yourself to be taken away to distant lands and ancient legends. See Shen Yun and discover how you, too, can be inspired. For more information, please visit www.shenyun.com/oklahoma-city or call 888-974-3698.
OKC Philharmonic presents Pink Martini
Featuring 10-12 musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia; two sold-out concerts at Paris’ legendary L’Olympia Theatre in 2011; and Paris’ fashion house Lanvin’s 10-year anniversary celebration for designer Alber Elbaz in 2012.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Apr.3 - 20
OKC Theatre Company invites you to experience Easter in a completely different way. Their post-apocalyptic war wasteland setting and casting of local stars Renee Anderson (in the role of Judas) and Matthew Alvin Brown (in the role of Jesus), will give the audience cause to stand and cheer. Under the direction of Managing Director Deborah Draheim, the loosely-based Biblical account of Jesus' life follows the traditional Easter story, but the work's depiction offers a free interpretation of the psychology of Jesus and other characters. Contemporary attitudes and sensibilities pervade the lyrics and ironic allusions to modern life are scattered throughout with depictions of political events. Maybe you've seen Superstar before, but never quite like this!
Jesus Christ Superstar is recommended for adults and children 7+.
Robert Mills' Beauty and the Beast
Apr.18 - 20
Inspired by the orignial 1740 Barbot de Villeneuve story, Beauty and the Beast is a tale that has truly stood the test of time. Beauty and the Beast will amaze with a sumptuous new score from frequent Oklahoma City Ballet collaborator Kermit Poling. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic provides a live orchestra while dazzling sets, and elaborate, colorful costumes complete the scenery. Choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills, prepare to be emotionally swept away... without a dancing spoon in sight.
Apr.25 - 26
One of the world's most talented and popular entertainers. For over fifty years, Neil has written, performed, produced, and inspired countless songs, and his canon of compositions will continue to stand the test of time.
A colorful concert that features happy music of celebration from around the world. Stomp, dance, and sing along to festive music from all occasions.
Native American Play Festival featuring
May.8 - 18
A one-of-a-kind cultural event in the region, the ever-evolving Native American Play Festival will be produced for a fifth time by OKC Theatre Company. Each year the Festival reflects our Oklahoma pride and desire to highlight the rich tradition of storytelling in the Native American culture by celebrating it through the art of theatre. The Festival will feature Manahatta by Kathryn Nagle, staged readings of 2014 finalists, cultural events, food, Native singers, and panel discussions with playwrights. In previous years, OKC Theatre Company has proudly welcomed Festival participants from over 25 various tribal nations.
Manahatta follows the story of a modern day Lenape woman who returns to her ancestral land to work on Wall Street. Once there, she must reconcile all that her people have lost with what she now attempts to gain. Manahatta simultaneously tells the story of the Lenape Indians who lived on the island on Manahatta in the 1600's, when Peter Minuit and the Dutch claim to have purchased the island for $24, and explores how the concepts of indigenous identity, ownership, and the entire system of American capitalism have made us who we are today.
Manahatta is recommended for adults and children 14+ due to adult language.
1812 Overture: Season Finale
Joel Levine, conductor
Canterbury Choral Society
Debussy: La Mer
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
A triumphant finale features color-filled orchestral showpieces with full chorus.
One-Man Star Wars Trilogy
May.28 - Jun.1
"60 Minutes + 3 "Star Wars" Flicks + One Guy = Nerd Heaven... One Man Show is Off-The-Wall Fun!"
The extremely talented Canadian actor Charles Ross will stun you with this one man show, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy. Much of Ross' childhood was spent in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over - and over - and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hilarious One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes!