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The performing arts scene in Oklahoma City is extensive and extraordinary. Whether your interest is choral music, orchestral, operatic, ballet, theatrical or even more niche, Oklahoma City has got you covered.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the state’s largest performing arts organization, has been around for fifty years putting on concerts in the Civic Center Music Hall, which recently underwent $50 million in renovations. OKC Phil live performances include everything from traditional concertos to the music of the Beatles to patriotic music on the Oklahoma River at the 4th of July.
Lyric Theatre is the state's only professional musical theatre company, and recently expanded to a year-round season with the addition of its new venue, Lyric at the Plaza in OKC's historic Plaza District. The summer season features big family favorites and new classics, while the fall and spring features smaller, more niche productions such as Rocky Horror, The Who's Tommy, and Sweeny Todd.
For even older music theater, check out the Oklahoma Opera & Music Theater at Oklahoma City University. The university's acclaimed dance and theatre programs attract students from across the globe.
Oklahoma City Ballet also performs at the Civic Center from fall to spring, with its annual Nutcracker staging a holiday tradition.
Canterbury Choral Society
is the city’s leading choral performance group, collaborating with other local associations and bringing in major guest performers such as Broadway star Keli O'Hara.
Other metro performing arts groups include Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Oklahoma City Theatre Company, City Rep Theatre, Pollard Theatre, Jewel Box Theatre, Carpenter Square Theatre, Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC), Oklahoma Opry, and Celebrity Attractions, which sponsors Broadway tours in the city.
The Ballet Flamenco Espanol Co. presents free community performances throughout the year in Oklahoma and surrounding states. The company performs dances from the five provinces of Spain and thirty three states of Mexico in authentic costuming.
The above hardly exhausts all the city has to offer in the performing arts, but gives a taste of what the artistically-inclined visitor can expect when checking out this other OC.