Despite the threat of storms, an impressive crowd congregated in Bricktown for the Philharmonics’ Red, White, & Boom! concert performed east of the Bricktown Ballpark. Thousands filled the parking area and many thousands more enjoyed the show in the surrounding Bricktown area.
Oklahoma native and Broadway star Craig Ricks took the stage to perform a medley from “Man of La Mancha.” Maestro Joel Levine turned to the crowd saying, “This is a fitting tribute to why we are here tonight.”
The popular Broadway play and movie is essentially about justice and freedom.
Many of the nation’s big cities feature their orchestras on the July 4 holiday. The emotion created by a big orchestra playing the music that defines America was very powerful. Oklahoma City’s Philharmonic Orchestra is an integral part of the excitement as Oklahoma City grows into a second tier city.
The Philharmonic begins its 2010-2011 season Sept. 18 featuring Peter Serkin, who became a Grammy winner at age 19 and who has evolved into a legendary performer.
Serkin will bring his considerable talents to the Phil to present the classical music of Berlioz, Sheng, Tchaikovsky and Brahms. For ticket information, call (405) 842-5387.