Some of our favorite Oklahoma City institutions will have new offerings this weekend, whether you like music or art. And right now, we could all use a bit of both.
First the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s (re)IMAGINE(d) concert season opens Saturday with “Celebrating the Americas,” with conductor Alexander Mickelthwate and featuring Gregory Lee playing violin. In this Classics Series, the philharmonic will play Carlos Simon’s This Land; Piazolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Golijov’s Last Round and Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing Suite, op. 11.
The OKCPHIL has configured this season to allow the orchestra to perform more safely during the pandemic. The revised season incorporates 60-minute programs without an intermission and a socially distanced setting on and off the stage and other safety measures.
For a full list of performances or tickets, go to okcphil.org or call 405-842-5387, but upcoming concerts include “The Magic of John Williams” in the Pops series on Nov. 6, “the Inner Realm” in the Classics series on Nov. 21 and “A Classic Christmas” Dec. 3-5.
At the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, a new photography exhibition opens Saturday to highlight the work of contemporary photographers who use their art to humanize global issues, a news release noted.
The nearly 100 works in “Shared Lives, Distant Places: Recent Acquisitions in Photography” offers scenes from war zones to protests to refugee camps, and the exhibit is the first of three original exhibitions planned to celebrate the museum’s 75th anniversary. It includes work by photographers Donna Ferrato, Peter Turnley, Kristin Capp, Alen MacWeeney, Gary Mark Smith and Robert von Sternberg. Photographic styles include street photography, documentary photography and photojournalism.
For information, go to okcmoa.com.
In Alva, members of Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s theater program will present “45 Plays for 45 Presidents” as their first performance of the year at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in Herod Hall Auditorium on the Alva campus. Some restrictions in seating due to COVID-19 apply. Contact Kimberly Weast, professor of theatre arts and chair of the department of fine arts, at 580-327-8462 or email@example.com.
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has welcomed a new giraffe from the Memphis Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee. Mashamba has joined the zoo here as part of a breeding recommendation for the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Giraffe Species Survival Plan. She will eventually be paired with the zoo’s male giraffe, Demetri, 3, as part of this breeding program for this endangered species.
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