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Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall to celebrate 75th year

The Civic Center Music Hall will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a gala concert featuring local performing arts organizations and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
BY RICK ROGERS rrogers@opubco.com Modified: September 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm •  Published: September 23, 2012

In 1998, the Civic Center's interior was gutted and renovated thanks to funds generated by the first Oklahoma City MAPS program. The hall reopened in September 2001 with a series of inaugural concerts by local performing arts organizations.

Today, the Civic Center is the permanent home to the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Lyric Theatre, Canterbury Choral Society, Oklahoma City Ballet, Celebrity Attractions, Oklahoma City Theatre Company and Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre.

The 75th anniversary show will spotlight the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in Shostakovich's “Festive Overture,” Oklahoma City Ballet dancers Miki Kawamura and Yui Sato will perform the White Swan pas de deux from “Swan Lake” and Canterbury Choral Society will sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Also scheduled to appear are members of the Lyric Theatre Academy who will perform numbers from “Annie” and “The King and I,” Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre actors Donald Jordan and Jonathan Beck Reed as the “Greater Tuna” characters, and Greg White, director of music theater at the University of Central Oklahoma, who will perform a number from “The Will Rogers Follies.”