Tony Award-winner and Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara returns home for two performances with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Feb. 24 & 25, 8 p.m. at Civic Center Music Hall. “An Evening with Kelli O’Hara” is part of the Chickasaw Nation Pops series.

“You don’t have to go to Broadway or the Metropolitan Opera to experience Kelli O’Hara’s superior talent, just come to this concert,” said Jane Jayroe-Gamble, President, OKCPHIL Board of Directors. “Kelli is among the very top soprano voices in America. Her vocal quality and big heart are on display at their finest before her home crowd in Oklahoma City. It will be an unforgettable program.”

O’Hara is best-known for her work on the Broadway and opera stages. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and is a seven-time Tony Award nominee, winning the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, for "The King and I.” 

“Coming home to perform feels different than performing anywhere else in the world,” O’Hara said. “The personal connection runs very deep, and now, coming back home makes me feel a combination of scared and excited. My kids call it ‘skited.’ But it is full circle. It’s one thing to perform for an audience. It’s quite another to perform for those you know and love.”

O’Hara says she will always be a champion of the arts and is proud to be working with a high-caliber orchestra like the OKCPHIL.

“The arts and music in general are an escape, an education, a challenge,” she adds. “Music is the soundtrack to our lives. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic can take you on a journey you might not even know you need, and I think we all need a little—or a lot—of what the OKCPHIL has to offer.”


Tickets for “An Evening with Kelli O’Hara” are on sale at or by phone at 405-TICKETS (842-5387)

The concert is sponsored in part by Gerald & Jane Jayroe-Gamble and The Skirvin Hilton, and is in memory of William “Bert” Cooper.