2017-2018 Season

2017-2018 Season

September 2017


Symphony in the Park

September 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Guthrie Green

You’re invited! Join Tulsa Symphony as we kick off our 2017-2018 season with a bang! Symphony in the Park celebrates summer, the arts, and our beautiful city at Guthrie Green, Tulsa’s urban park in the heart of the Brady Arts District.  This annual family-oriented experience attracts upwards of 4,000 music lovers and has become a festive summer tradition in Tulsa. Bring your picnic, enjoy the water features and enjoy a menagerie of pops and light classics, all building to an inspiring fireworks finale in front of our Tulsa skyline.


Fridays in the Loft Chamber Series – MOZART

September 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Fly Loft

The opening of the 2017-2018 Fridays in the Loft Chamber Series will feature one of Mozart’s grandest works for woodwinds – Serenade No. 10 “Gran Partita.”  Mozart composed three great wind serenades after settling into Vienna in 1781.


Classics I – Gala Concert

September 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 as the featured concerto soloist on TSO’s opening Classics Series Gala Concert on September 16, 2017. Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, Mr. Parker has been hailed as “an insightful energetic soloist” by The New York Times. Also on the program are Brahms’ energetic Hungarian Dances No. 1 and No. 5 and Bartók’s colorful Miraculous Mandarin Suite.

October 2017


Fridays in the Loft Chamber Series – BEETHOVEN AND BRAHMS 

October 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Fly Loft

TSO’s concertmaster Rossitza Jekova-Goza and pianist, Lyndon Meyer will perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9, the“Kreutzer.” They will be joined by principal cellist, Kari Caldwell to perform Brahms’ Piano Trio in B major. The “Kreutzer,” written …

Andrew Grams

Classics II – Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6

October 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Andrew Grams returns to Tulsa to guest conduct Tchaikovsky’s emotional Symphony No. 6 the “Pathétique.” This program will also feature Tim McFadden (principal trumpet) and Celeste Frehner (English horn) on Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, a short atmospheric piece which has become one of Copland’s most performed works.  The program will close with Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber. Based on four hand piano works by Weber, which Hindemith and his wife often played, this colorful work is a sketched series of movements that remains perhaps Hindemith’s most popular work.

November 2017


Tulsa Ballet with Tulsa Symphony:
Don Quixote

November 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

November 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

For the first time in ten years, Don Quixote returns to the Tulsa stage. This visually stunning ballet features choreography Anna-Marie Holmes, after Marius Petipa. The story follows the wild and crazy Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza as they chase after Kitri and Basilio, the forbidden lovers. Based on the timeless book by Miguel de Cervantes, this 19th century classical ballet is one of the most entertaining and hilarious performances in ballet repertory.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ – In Concert Featuring The Tulsa Symphony

November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

November 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

November 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert will feature the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

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December 2017


Pops I – Home for the Holidays featuring Jeff Shadley, Trumpet

December 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

December 3, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

Lorton Performance Center

Kick off your holiday season with TSO’s  family-centric newest holiday tradition! This evening of diverse holiday mix of classical and jazzy holiday favorites will feature the local favorite, trumpeter and vocalist Jeff Shadley along with members of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra led by guest Pops conductor Ron Spigelman. 


Tulsa Ballet with Tulsa Symphony:
The Nutcracker

December 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

December 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

December 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

December 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

December 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

December 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

December 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

December 23, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Set in 1920’s Paris, Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker is an ode to both the era that inspired Tulsa’s art deco skyline, and the city that shaped the language of ballet.  This remarkable production features the visuals of a Broadway show, and more than 100 local children join the professional company to help the larger-­than-­life Mouse King battle the Nutcracker Prince and his toy soldier brigade. Audiences of all ages will be enchanted by this theatrical holiday production.

January 2018


Classics III – An Evening with Eric Whitacre

January 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

TSO welcomes GRAMMY® Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre as a guest conductor and featured composer. His ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers across the globe in a way in which no other composer has done. He will lead the Tulsa Symphony and the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus through a thrilling and diverse collection of his works which include Water Night, Equus, Deep Field, and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. For more information about Eric Whitacre visit ericwhitacre.com.


Fridays in the Loft Chamber Series – BARTOK, BEETHOVEN, HARBISON

January 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Fly Loft

An entire evening of musical contrasts of both time period and style, this chamber series concert will feature Bartók’s Contrasts, Duo Sonatas by Beethoven and Harbison’s Songs America Loves to Sing. TSO musicians features include John Rush (principal flute), David Carter (principal clarinet), Ronnamarie Jensen ( associate concertmaster), Kari Caldwell (principal cello), and Lyndon Meyer (piano).

February 2018


Classics IV – Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3

February 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Concertmaster Rossitza Jekova-Goza is the featured soloist, and will perform Korngold’s dramatic Violin Concerto. Principal Guest Conductor, Daniel Hege will conduct the Tulsa Symphony as they perform Medea’s Dance of Vengeance by Samuel Barber and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3  “Scottish.”


Link Up: The Orchestra Sings
Student Concert

February 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Owasso Performing Arts Center

February 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Jenks Performing Arts Center

February 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center

February 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Union Performing Arts Center

February 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am

March 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am

March 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am

March 4, 2018 @ 2:00pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center


Tulsa Ballet with Tulsa Symphony:
Strictly Gershwin

February 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

February 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

February 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Give our regards to Broadway! Strictly Gershwin features the incomparable music of George and Ira Gershwin. Add to that a huge cast of performers (including guest tap dancers and vocalists!) and the result is a dazzling blockbuster show. Derek Deane’s choreography is a glamorous blend of classical ballet and the unmistakable moves of 1920’s Broadway. This performance will transport audiences to the golden age of Hollywood.

March 2018


Link Up: The Orchestra Sings
Family Concert

March 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

For more than 30 years, Carnegie Hall Link Up has paired orchestras with students in grades 3-5 to explore orchestral repertoire and fundamental musical skills, including creative work and composition, through a hands-on music curriculum. Tulsa Symphony became a Link Up partner in the 2015-16 season. Students participate by singing or playing along on recorder with TSO from their seats in the concert hall. In our second season, TSO served over 12,000 students by partnering with their school music programs. Our 2017-18 season will serve upwards of 15,000 students.


Fridays in the Loft Chamber Series – BEETHOVEN AND EWAZEN

March 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Fly Loft

The final TSO Chamber Series performance of the season will feature music by Ewazen and Beethoven. Eric Ewazen’s Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano (1992), one of Ewazen’s more popular works, showcases the contrasting qualities of the cello and trumpet in four uniquely diverse movements.


Tulsa Ballet with Tulsa Symphony:

March 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

March 18, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

An ordinary girl experiences one magical night, thanks to her Fairy Godmother and a pair of glass slippers. This classic story is the ultimate romantic comedy! Audiences will swoon over the amorous pas de deux between Cinderella and her Prince Charming, then gasp with laughter over the antics of the ugly stepsisters. Get swept up in the romance of the story you know and love. Featuring gorgeous sets and costumes and Prokofiev’s well-loved music. Fairy tales do come true!


Classics V – Mahler’s Symphony No. 4

March 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

On this final Classics Series concert of the 2017-2018 season, Daniel Hege will lead the Tulsa Symphony in John Adams’ Chairman Dances and Edward Elgar’s In the South (Alassio). TSO is delighted to welcome back the lovely Sarah Coburn, as the featured soprano soloist for Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

April 2018


Pops II – Voyage of Discovery: Space, the Final Frontier

April 14, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

The TSO will transport audiences out of this world! Guest Pops Conductor Ron Spigelman and the Tulsa Symphony will perform Voyage of Discover: Space, The Final Frontier, featuring Holst’s The Planets – accompanied by images from NASA. Also on the program will be music from the Star Trek Enterprise, and from John Williams’ epic Star Wars score.

May 2018


Pops III – Home Grown

May 12, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Home Grown, the Tulsa Symphony Pops Series season finale will showcase the exceptional musical talent that Oklahoma celebrates. This fun evening will feature well-loved jazz vocalist Annie Ellicott, the superb artistry of pianist Barron Ryan, the smooth sounds of saxophonist Clark Gibson, as well as Tulsa Symphony Orchestra musicians Steven Haefner, Dana Higbee, Tim McFadden and Jarrod Robertson.