Last night was the season kick-off for our OVERTURE program, presented by the Phil's Associate Board. Wow - what a party! It was so much fun to see so many people gathered to celebrate music, good friends and OKC. I have to thank Steve Mason/Cardinal Enginerring for the use of their fantastic rooftop; Daniel Gordon/Samuel Gordon Jewelers for the donation of a beautiful sapphire; OECU and the OKC Museum of Art; Iguana Lounge and Stella-Artois for the food and beverages (of which there were plenty - and it was all consumed); plus - we had great live music from The Stringents.
OVERTURE is designed to build affinity for orchestral music through social networking and service. And to be honest, we also aim to develop tomorrow's audiences, donors, volunteers and leaders. A season package includes tickets to three concerts and monthly social gatherings. And this season - half price tickets for Ben Folds!! For more info please call the Phil office, 405-842-5387.
Live music is all about a shared experience. As good as the Philharmonic is, it's nothing but a rehearsal without an audience. Writers often speculate that orchestras will go the way of the dinosaur in this age of electronic media and 24/7 availability of just about anything. But I think they're wrong. What orchestras offer is something that is becoming more and more special - the shared experience of live performance of great music. And what could be better than sharing it with friends? I look forward to seeing you with us this season as the fun continues!
Thu, September 29, 2011
by Eddie Walker