The Norman Transcript


January 12, 2014

Thank you, Norman

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Since 2012, with your support, The Norman Philharmonic has:

1) Commissioned a symphony, “Forward,” by Libby Larsen, for the city of Norman;

2) Commissioned a song for our city, “The Norman Anthem;”

3) Brought in three international composers (Libby Larsen, Michael Daugherty and John Mackey) and presented their compositions;

4) Featured outstanding local artists (Valerie Watts, Lance Drege, John Allen, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Karl Sievers, Jerry Neil Smith, Dan Schwartz, Beth Sievers, Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, Valorie Tatge, Rodney Ackmann and Lisa Harvey-Reed).

5) Presented free educational events, “Concerts for all ages,” where audience members meet internationally known composers, who offer insights and backstories to their music; and

6) Presented diverse and challenging concerts, which promote American music.

The Norman Phil concert you will hear at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in the Nancy O’Brian Center of Performing Arts, “Classical Meets Jazz,” could be one of the most diverse symphony concerts you will ever experience.

We will present standard selections by Beethoven and Copland. You will get to hear a famous aria (song) from Bizet’s “Carmen” performed by a star from the Metropolitan Opera, Kim Josephson. To close out the first half you will enjoy Barry Switzer, who has won several national Collegiate Football Championships and the World Football Championship, conduct selections from a movie classic “The Magnificant Seven.”

The second half of the program will combine the artistic talents of the Norman Phil and the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra Director John Allen. Together, we are going to light up your afternoon with jazz classics from Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Thad Jones and Nate King Cole.

Why “Classical Meets Jazz?” As you listen to the second half, don’t be surprised if you hear these jazz arrangements paying tribute to Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss.

Great music — be it a symphony, an opera, a jazz chart, an oratorio, a rock and roll tune, a church hymn or a folk song — performed at a high level of artistic competency, with the utmost commitment to excellence, will move the soul, satisfy the heart, inspire the intellect and bring beauty to our community.

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