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Oklahoma City Philharmonic kicks off 2012-13 pops series

“Disco Days and Boogie Nights” celebrates music of the 1970s
BY RICK ROGERS Published: October 28, 2012
/articleid/3721411/1/pictures/1863916">Photo - Jack Everly Frequent guest conductor with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Jack Everly Frequent guest conductor with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Some of the 1970s tunes that made the cut and were arranged for this concert include John Lennon's “Imagine,” the Village People's “YMCA,” Marvin Hamlisch's “The Way We Were” and Gloria Gaynor's “I Will Survive.” Chapter 6 will be featured in Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“The Chapter 6 guys met in college and have been together for a number of years now,” Everly said. “They have incredible musical ears and wonderful voices. Any group that we feature has to be as good as the group (the orchestra) behind them. Chapter 6 has embraced that and it's become one of the high points of their existence.”

As with any musical retrospective, “Disco Days and Boogie Nights” promises to remind listeners of some musical high points that defined that era. Even with such titles as “Love Boat and Other Masterworks,” “Groovy Movie Themes” and a “Keep on Truckin' Medley,” this concert doesn't shy away from some of the decade's more unusual offerings.

“There's obviously quite a lot of humor in this show,” Everly said. “I also think any time you do a concert that deals with an entire decade of pop music, nostalgia plays a large part of it. What you can't lose sight of is that it still has to entertain people who may not be the biggest fans of that music.

“I take great pride when audience members have a big smile on their faces and tell me they enjoyed what they heard and that they will come back. That's what we aim for. If they're not there, we're not there. We exist because of our audience.”


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