This idea was a part of the inspiration behind the Norman Philharmonic hiring American composer Libby Larsen in 2012 to create a symphony and anthem for the City of Norman. Larsen drew inspiration for the symphony from the city’s flag — with symbols like a gear, pencil and feather — to express concepts like innovation, education and culture.
Now in its third season, the Phil teaches the anthem to Norman youth. With lyrics like “When I see a prairie schooner heading homeward to the west,/ Toward the land of stars and sunshine,/ Toward the place that I love best;/ Then my heart goes home to Norman on the prairies of the West,/ oh my heart goes home to Norman, to the place that I love best,” youth are learning about their city’s heritage through music.
What better way to teach and inspire youth than through music? The Phil is continuing to inspire others with music with their upcoming performance. Read our story on 10 for more information.
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