OKC Civic Center reopens tonight with OKC Philharmonic - what you need to know, including how to stream the show
Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall reopens tonight after a seven-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As previously reported, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classics season opener at 8 tonight will be the first performance in the Civic Center since it temporarily shuttered in mid-March.
Here's what you need to know:
1. COVID-19 protocols: The Civic Center's new COVID-19 safety protocols include required face masks, socially distanced seating and temperature checks on entry. At the concession stations, only credit or debit cards (no cash) will be accepted, only drinks with lids will be served and no food will be sold.
There will also be industrial sanitizing between Civic Center events.
The venue has instituted mobile-only ticketing to decrease contact between ushers and attendees. For more information, go to www.okcciviccenter.com/mobile.
In addition, the OKC Philharmonic and Canterbury Voices (which will open its 2020-21 season Nov. 1 at the Civic Center) have both adjusted their programs so that they are performing shorter concerts without intermissions and pieces with fewer musicians or singers to allow for social distancing on stage.
For more information on the Civic Center's COVID-19 procedures, go to www.okcciviccenter.com/coronavirus.
2. Tonight's program: Gregory Lee, the OKC Philharmonic's principal first violinist and concert master, will be featured as soloist tonight on Argentine tango virtuoso Astor Piazzolla's "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires."
As previously reported, tonight's concert, themed "Celebrating the Americas," also will include contemporary Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov's "Last Round," a tribute to Piazzolla, and Austrian-born Erich Wolfgang Korngold's incidental music for the William Shakespeare comedy "Much Ado about Nothing," which premiered in Vienna in 1920, about a decade before he began his influential Hollywood career scoring movies.
The orchestra's first Classics concert will open with Carlos Simon's anthemic "This Land," while the finale on June 5 will open with Jessie Montgomery's "Banner," a tribute to the U.S. national anthem. Both Simon and Montgomery are living Black composers.
"The racial inclusion ... and social justice uprising in late spring really then pushed me into a little bit new direction, to frame our season with two African American composers with really cool pieces. The pieces are interesting - at least I think so - because they're both based on identity - the identity of this country," Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate told me in an interview.
To read my preview of tonight's concert, including interviews with Lee and Mickelthwate, click here.
For more information, go to www.okcphil.org.
3. OKC Philharmonic offers first streaming opportunity: For the first time, the OKC Philharmonic is offering an opportunity for patrons to stream one of its concert tonight.
For a $20 ticket, music lovers can access a delayed stream of tonight's concert. The link will be good for a week, starting Sunday through Oct. 25.
To buy a ticket or get more information, click here.