Posted by Kimberly Powell on 05/28/2020




OKC Philharmonic Encore

This week we’ll hear an encore program from the first concert offered by the OKC Philharmonic with new music director Alexander Mickelthwate.  Marking the start of the Philharmonic’s 30th anniversary year of performances the Classics 1 program was presented on Saturday, September 15th of 2018 at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. Titled The Rebels, and showcasing works of composer not only distinctive and innovative but revolutionary in their time and practice, the program draws its energy and momentum from the powerful 9th symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven; soloists, Canterbury Voices and Oklahoma City University’s Chamber Choir and University Singers joining the Philharmonic for that performance.  Also featured on this program, the concert overture Le Corsair of Hector Berlioz.  Maestro Mickelthwate offers his insights about these works and Randi von Ellefson, artistic director for Canterbury Voices and Director of Choral Activities at Oklahoma City University speaks about preparing voices for the 9th symphony’s final movement.  And, as a special cameo feature following the Philharmonic broadcast, listeners will learn about the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra and programs and hear the flagship ensemble play music of Eduoard Lalo and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov!

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