Contact: Mark Beutler (405) 232-7575

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Contact: Mark Beutler (405) 232-7575

Dec. 13, 2023


Oklahoma City—The Oklahoma City Philharmonic begins the second half of its season with Classics, Kids, and Camperos!

The music begins Saturday, Jan. 13, with “Rachmaninoff,” part of the Inasmuch Foundation Classic Series, 8 p.m. at Civic Center Music Hall, featuring guest conductor JoAnn Falletta.

“Joann and I go way back,” said Maestro Alexander Mickelthwate. “It was during my time living in New York City when I was driving in our little Geo Metro listening to the radio. For some reason the program really caught my attention. I was so drawn in, I had to drive the car to the side of the road to finish listening to the performance. The announcer said it was JoAnn Falletta, the first female conductor leading a major American orchestra!”

Mickelthwate says he met Falletta a few months later, and is now excited to welcome her to the OKCPHIL, along with pianist George Li.

On the program will be Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Zemlinsky’s “The Little Mermaid.”

The next day, Sunday, Jan. 14, the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation Discovery Family Series continues, 2 p.m. at the Civic Center.

The Discovery series is affordable fun geared toward children, with lobby activities, followed by a concert with the Sugar Free Allstars. They are a “family funk super duo” from Oklahoma City and have been named one of Time magazine’s top 12 family music acts in America.

“Discovery is a fun way to introduce children to orchestral music,” Mickelthwate said. “It will be a great way for the entire family to spend a cold January afternoon. And the Sugar Free Allstars are amazing!”

The Chickasaw Nation Pops Series continues in January with Grammy Award winning Mariachi los Camperos, performing two shows Jan. 26-27, 8 p.m. at the Civic Center.

“We brought Mariachi los Camperos to the OKCPHIL several seasons ago,” Mickelthwate said. “They were such a hit with our audience we wanted to bring them back once more. They have been around since the early 1960s and have performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Now they’re performing with your Oklahoma City Philharmonic!”

Tickets for all performances are available at or by phone at (405)842-5387.