FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ulises Serrano (405) 232-7575
January 14th, 2022
OKCPHIL Delays the Second Half of Its Season
The OKCPHIL announces the delayed beginning of the second half of its season. The following concerts, originally scheduled for January and early February, will be postponed to later dates, as detailed below:
Inasmuch Foundation Classics Series concert “Rachmaninoff Festival!” – Moved to March 24, 2022
Chickasaw Nation Pops Series concert “Masters of the Musical Theater” – Moved to June 2-3, 2022
Inasmuch Foundation Classics Series concert “American Gold” – Moved to June 9, 2022
E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation Discovery Family Series concert “Pirates of the High Seas” – New Date TBD
The decision was made due to the large scale of these programs, and in response to the extraordinary spike of COVID-19 cases in our region and across the country. The organization has been successfully operating under the pandemic for nearly two years, while keeping the safety and well-being of its musicians, staff, and patrons, as top priority. Executive Director Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev says that, “The upcoming concerts, not only include a large orchestra, but singers, and choruses, posing additional challenges during these unprecedented times. Therefore, we have decided to delay the second half of our season, to allow everyone to enjoy these thrilling programs safely later in the Spring”. This week, many orchestras across the U.S., both large and small, have been announcing their own concert postponements and cancellations, so the organization is certainly not alone in making such decisions.
The Philharmonic Management and Board will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make additional adjustments, if necessary. At the moment, the OKCPHIL plans to return to the stage with “The Music of Whitney Houston” on Feb. 25-26, 2022.
All tickets remain valid for the postponed concerts, including subscriptions and single tickets. No additional action is required. Patrons unable to make the new dates can exchange their tickets for another concert or donate them as a tax-deductible gift.
The OKCPHIL remains grateful for the ongoing support, understanding, and flexibility of its patrons and donors.
The OKCPHIL would like to thank the Inasmuch Foundation, the Chickasaw Nation, and the E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation for their generosity and leadership support as our Series Presenting Sponsors, Delaware Resource Group and Phil & Cathy Busey for their support as the Maestro’s Podium Underwriter, and all the concert sponsors for these performances, including: the Ad Astra Foundation, Mekusukey Oil LLC, the Skirvin Hilton, Renate and Chuck Wiggin, and the Kirkpatrick Foundation. Through these sponsors’ generosity, the OKCPHIL continues to provide inspiration and joy through orchestral music within our community.
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 Founder and Music Director Emeritus Joel Levine and began a new era with the passing of the baton to Maestro Alexander Mickelthwate in 2018. The Orchestra remains steadfast in its mission “to provide inspiration and joy for the community through orchestral music.” The Oklahoma City Philharmonic strives to enrich lives, expand cultural development, educate future generations, and provide audiences with diverse and inspirational performance experiences through its consistent commitment to excellence. Committed to expanding its reach well beyond the concert hall, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic enjoys a close collaborative relationship with Oklahoma’s schools, colleges, universities, and the city’s other premier arts organizations, including Oklahoma City Ballet and Canterbury Voices. Through high-caliber performances and a variety of education and community engagement programs, the OKCPHIL serves over 135,000 individuals throughout the state of Oklahoma.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 405-“TICKETS” (842-5387), or visit www.okcphil.org