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OKC Philharmonic (re)IMAGINE(d) series opens

By Justin Tinder / Inside OKC / November 4, 2020

Oklahoma’s largest professional performing arts group, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, has returned to the Civic Center Music Hall after a seven-month performance stoppage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Civic Center has been configured to allow orchestral performances to continue during the time of a global pandemic.

The newly named(re)IMAGINE(d) concert series featuring famous classic and popular music will incorporate energizing 60-minute programs presented without an intermission, a socially distanced setting both on and off stage, and a delayed start of the Classics season.

These new plans, created in partnership with The Civic Center Music Hall, feature compliance with the health and safety standards provided by the CDC, state and city mandates, advice from highly-regarded health experts, and guidelines for public gatherings, designed to protect those in attendance. The opening Classics concert was held in October while the series finale has been extended to June 5, 2021.

“We are thrilled to present this ‘(re)IMAGINE(d)’ season that allows us to bring our community a much needed musical reprieve, as we continue to live in the era of COVID-19.” said OKC Philharmonic Executive Director Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev. “As one of the flagship arts organizations elevating the quality of life in our community, the OKCPHIL board, staff, and musicians, with the support of our loyal patrons have been working together proactively to explore new paths and platforms to continue our presence in the community. We hope to gather together in a responsible way to experience great orchestral music once again.”

From providing elementary school students with their first-ever musical experience to allowing adults to realize their life-long dream of learning to play an instrument, Education and Community Engagement programs are also a critical component of the organization’s mission.

Upcoming performances include

"The Magic of John Williams"

Nov. 6-7
This delightful concert will bring some of the most iconic John Williams’ scores to life. The exciting musical journey will showcase his work on such classic films as "Star Wars," "Jurassic Park," "Jaws," "Indiana Jones," "Superman" and "Harry Potter." 

The Inner Realm: Sibelius Symphony No. 7
Nov. 21
Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor

  • Rautavaara: Arctic Symphony
  • Jóhannsson: Fordlandia
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major, op. 105

A Classic Christmas
Dec. 3-5
Featuring Mandy Jiran and host Vince Leseney, this year’s Christmas performance is a simpler yet elegant blend of sentimental favorites and fun Christmas standards that are sure to touch your heart. Join your OKCPHIL family for an entertaining and meaningful musical offering that is sure to invoke reflection, and help you imagine a future of hope and possibility.



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