Coming soon: The 26th season of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Maestro Joel Levine. Highlights include pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the concert staging of “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,”the first OKC Phil appearance of actor/singer/writer/producer, Jason Alexander, the return of Broadway’s Beth Leavel in “The Christmas Show”, and an HD night at the movies with Pixar in Concert.
Inasmuch Classics Series, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Civic Center Music Hall
For the 2014-2015 Inasmuch Classics, Levine commences in September with Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma performing Lalo’s “Symphonie espagnole.”
In October, pianist Horacio Gutierrez performs Chopin’s romantic Concerto No. 1, while November’s concert brings drama as violinist Philippe Quint performs Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto.
January and February concerts turn romantic as Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 5 and Julie Albers, plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
In March, pianist Louis Lortie plays Beethoven and the orchestra performs Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. April’s classics concert features HD imagery, actors, costumes and a narrator in a concert presentation of “Ellis Island: The Dream of America.” In the classics finale, the orchestra is featured in a showcase presentation with Joel Levine conducting sonic masterworks.
Pops Series, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., at Civic Center Music Hall
The Chickasaw Nation Pops Series kicks off the 2014-2015 Season in October with Classical Mystery Tour’s salute to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” featuring the #1 Beatles Tribute Band now on tour.
“The Christmas Show” presents Broadway’s Beth Leavel. January brings “All That Jazz,” a celebration of Kander & Ebb who created Chicago, Cabaret, “New York, New York” and more. “Pixar in Concert”tickles the kiddos in February with an HD presentation of animated clips and live music from 13 different Pixar movies.
Jason Alexander (George Costanza on the 1990s TV comedy hit “Seinfeld”) then makes his first appearance with the OKC Philharmonic.
The season ends with “A Night at the Cotton Club” starring trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, vocalist Carmen Bradford and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy. Jeff Tyzik conducts the music of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
Discovery Family Series, Sundays, 2 p.m., Civic Center Music Hall
The 2014-2015 Discovery Family Series brings families the joy of orchestral music. Designed especially for ages 4 through 12, these concerts enhance a child’s musical education and begin a life-long love of music. Conductor Matthew Troy, has planned concerts titled “Cartoon Classics,” “Knights & Princesses,” and “A Concert for the Planet.”
Pre-concert activities (an hour before shows, in the Civic Center Lobby) include Instrument Playground, Conductor’s Corner, and partnerships with arts groups.
Season tickets: Call the Oklahoma City Philharmonic ticket office at (405) TICKETS (842-5387), visit the website at okcphilharmonic.org/season-tickets, or walk up to the ticket office at 428 W. California, Suite 210, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, on the second floor of the McAlpine building.
Prices for the Classics Series range from $132-$520 and for the Pops Series from $99-$390.
Tickets to most individual concerts go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 9 a.m. They are available through the Philharmonic ticket office at 405-TICKETS (842-5387), located at 428 W. California, downtown OKC, open weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and concert Saturdays 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; online at www.okcphilharmonic.org and myticketoffice.com; outlets sales at the Civic Center Music Hall at 201 N. Walker, OKC, at 405-297-CCMH. Convenience charges are assessed for online and outlet sales.
(Note: For Jason Alexander’s performances on March 13 & 14, 2015: Individual tickets go on sale February 9, 2015 at all locations.)