Violinist Kyle Dillingham plays the National Anthem before an NBA basketball game where the Oklahoma City Thunder played the Golden State Warriors at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, on March 20, 2017. [The Oklahoman Archives]
Oklahoma City Community College will launch its Virtual Concert Series for its Visual and Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 with popular Oklahoma entertainer Kyle Dillingham.
OCCC’s Visual and Performing Arts Center in south Oklahoma City ordinarily houses more than 1,000 patrons for world-class concerts, plays, musicals and touring experiences.
The new season will feature recognizable touring musicians with Oklahoma roots who will stage hourlong intimate performances to a limited number of in-person patrons, followed by a discussion or Q&A period with the artists. Patrons can purchase one of the limited in-person tickets or can choose to purchase tickets to stream the events live from home, according to the venue website.
“COVID-19 has forced all concert venues to search for new ways to engage with our patrons,” said Lemuel Bardeguez, director of cultural programs for OCCC, in a statement. “OKC has built a reputation for exceptional visual and performing arts, and this new Virtual Concert Series helps OCCC and our community stay connected with the arts, even while we have to be apart.”
To create an intimate concert environment for those who are comfortable, OCCC will sell in-person tickets for up to 20 purchasers, allowing patrons to safely distance and have a unique experience.
There will be no limit to streaming ticket sales, and a raffle will offer streaming patrons a chance to win in-person tickets. Specially-designed posters and prints, as well as unique behind-the-scenes and digital-only content will be available for patrons, too.
The Virtual Concert Series kicks off Sept. 29 with Dillingham, a renowned fiddler, Enid native and Oklahoma City University graduate. For tickets and information, go to mylive-now.com/occc-kyle-dillingham.