The Wonderful Music of OZ
Oklahoma City Philharmonic
At Civic Center Music Hall
Oklahoma City, OK, October 24, 2017
Join the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, for the season opening concert of the 2017-2018 Chickasaw Nation Pops Subscription Series, featuring The Wonderful Music of OZ at Civic Center Music Hall for two-nights-only: November 3 and 4, at 8 p.m. This concert celebrates all things OZ, including selections from Broadway, film, and radio. Tickets are available by phone (405) TICKETS, or online at www.okcphil.org/tickets, or online at www.okcciviccenter.com. Group rates are available for purchases of 20 or more.
Join the OKC Phil as we take a musical journey down the fabled yellow brick road.
L. Frank Baum's classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was published on May 17, 1900 and promptly took the world by storm. Since then it has been adapted countless times and has served as the basis for multiple musicals and popular songs which have been enchanting audiences and dreamers for over a century. Now, for the first time, celebrate all the music based on the original novel in one magical concert event. "The Wonderful Music of Oz" pays tribute to the story as told on Broadway's Wicked and The Wiz, in Hollywood's The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz, and on the radio's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Tin Man.
Says Eddie Walker, Executive Director of the OKC Phil, "When this show was first pitched to me, I couldn't believe it hadn't already been done. It is so obvious. Three of music theatre's greatest scores, each telling its own version of story of Oz. We're in for a very special treat. "
Defy gravity and travel over the rainbow with a cast of New York's top vocalists including Kelli Rabke whose Broadway credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Broadway-US Cast Recording), Eponine in Les Miserables (Broadway). She is one of only two Broadway stars to originate a role in both a Stephen Schwartz and an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Scott Coulter is one of New York's most honored vocalists. For his work in cabaret, Scott has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist, and is an Emmy nominee. Other Broadway performers include: John Boswell and Blaine Krauss. David Andrews Rogers, conductor whose prolific career as Music Director, Supervisor, and/or Arranger for numerous readings and workshops of new musicals in New York has brought him a reputation of excellence! He has served as Music Director for many National Tours including The Phantom of the Opera, the Hal Prince production of Show Boat, Les Misérables, Chicago, Cats, and Fiddler on the Roof, and is currently on the National Tour of An American In Paris. Oklahoma City University's University Singers, directed by Tony Gonzalez, will provide vibrant choral vocals. Plus, come take a selfie with Dorothy and the Wicked Witch who will be milling around the lobby for before the show!
Season support is provided by The Chickasaw Nation with presenting co-sponsorship provided by the Express Employment Professionals, and 405 magazine.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic has gained recognition as one of the nation's premier regional orchestras. Tracing its roots to 1924, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic was formed in 1988 under the musical direction of Joel Levine and has remained steadfast in its mission "to provide inspiration and joy for the community through orchestral music." Through its consistent commitment to excellence, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic strives to enrich lives, expand cultural development, educate future generations, and provide audiences with a diverse and inspirational performance experience. Committed to expanding its reach well beyond the concert hall, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic enjoys a close collaborative relationship with Oklahoma's colleges and universities as well as the city's other premier arts organizations including Oklahoma City Ballet and Canterbury Voices. Additionally, the Phil presents the free, annual Red, White and Boom concert. This event includes a spectacular fireworks display and is attended by thousands from across the metro each July. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 405-"TICKETS" (842-5387), or visit okcphil.org.