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September 13, 2013

Norman Philharmonic kicks off a new season




“Meet the Composer - John Mackey” is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 N. Stubbeman Ave. All tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased at the door.

The concert includes three of Mackey’s compositions, “Harvest,” “Antiphonal Dances” and “Redline Tango.” Other pieces on the program include Morton Gould’s “American Salute,” Joseph Haydn’s “Sinfonia Concertante,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Libby Larsen’s “Norman Anthem.”

Two free educational concerts for all ages are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 N. Stubbeman Ave. During the concerts Mackey will give the audience insight into his compositions.

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Norman Phil history

The Norman Philharmonic began as an idea in 2011 to create a professional orchestra of area musicians that foster community growth.

As ideas flourished, Artistic and Music Director Richard Zielinski began to form goals that Norman’s orchestra could reflect the dynamics and intricacies of Norman.

The ultimate goal of the orchestra is simple, Zielinski said: to offer innovative, standard-setting chamber music, to commission new works from American composers, excite the youth of Oklahoma about symphonic music, and establish Norman as the center of excellence in the arts in Oklahoma.

The Phil started with a bang in Jan. 2012.

January 2012

The philharmonic performs its inaugural concert to a standing-room only audience with more than 1,000 music lovers in attendance at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts.

The 41-person professional chamber orchestra, led by Zielinski, performs a diverse program including classical and jazz pieces. Also, Grammy-award winning American composer Libby Larsen debuts an anthem and symphony commissioned by the philharmonic.

The two pieces reflect the history and culture of the City of Norman. Larsen based the anthem’s lyrics off of the E.E. Dale poem “The Prairie Schooner.” She found inspiration for the three-movement symphony “Symphony: Forward,” from the symbols of the city’s flag.

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