The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 13, 2012

Enid Symphony Orchestra to hold child-friendly concerts

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A slate of child-friendly concerts and a special deal for concert-goers who bring children along are on the playbill for this year’s Enid Symphony Orchestra season.

“The goal of packaging these five productions into two smaller ticketing packages is to provide entertaining and enlightening musical opportunities of the first order to our community while attracting new audience members to Symphony Hall,” said Douglas Newell, ESO music director. “I believe that at season’s end, we will be able to look back and say we accomplished exactly that.”

Newell commended the donors whose grant made it possible to offer special pricing on tickets for the Music For Creative Children performances.

“The emphasis on families enjoying a professional symphony orchestra together, coupled with the presentation of music by two of America’s greatest musical treasures, Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas,’ and performances by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, provides northwest Oklahoma with a number of quality cultural experiences usually found only in metropolitan areas,” Newell said.

Special music

The Music for Creative Children series will include three programs:

• Prodigies, presented Oct. 27 and 28, will feature pianist Sarah Chan and the symphony orchestra. Music will include “Overture to Der Freischutz,” by Karl Maria von Weber; “Symphony No. 4 in B flat,” by Ludwig van Beethoven; and “Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 488,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

• Concerto, scheduled for March 2 and 3, features Brad Richter on guitar and Viktor Uzur on cello. Music will include “Brandenburg Concerto No. 4,” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “The Carnival of the Animals,” by Camille St. Saens; and “Double Concerto for Guitar, Cello and Orchestra,” by Brad Richter.

• Virtuoso, presented April 6 and 7, will feature internationally-renowned violinist Lee Chin. The highlight performance will be “Violin Concerto in D,” by Peter Illyich Tschaikovsky.

A special discount is available for the Creative Children’s series, Newell said. Two children 6 to 12 will be admitted free with paying adults.

“This is one of the most exciting musical opportunities the ESO has ever been able to offer families,” Newell said. “Due to the generosity of a very wonderful couple in our community who wish to remain anonymous, every adult who purchases a $20 single ticket to any of these three concerts will be able to bring two children between the ages of 6 and 12 free of charge. As these performances are part of the ESO subscription series, the same offer is extended to our season subscribers. Please keep in mind that ticket supplies are limited.

“I would encourage those who wish to bring a young person with them to contact our office at their earliest convenience.”

Holiday Pops

The ESO Holiday Pops package will feature a November presentation of the classic musical “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin and a February appearance by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Individual tickets for the Holiday Pops presentations are $30.

“White Christmas” will run Nov. 23-25. Among the cast are Paul Stuart, winner of the 2009 Irene Ryan Award, in the role of Bob Wallace, and Wichita native John Keckeisen, in the role of Phil Davis. The Haynes sisters, Betty and Judy, will be portrayed by Enid natives Lindsey Newell and Louisa Dienst. All four live in Los Angeles, where they are pursuing careers in film and stage.

Michael Jones, Lyric Theatre veteran actor and OKC City Repertory Theatre artistic associate director, will portray General Henry Waverly.

Kimberly Weast, associate professor of theatre at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will portray Martha Watson. Mary Black, a Los Angeles-based actress, will play Susan Waverly, the general’s daughter.

Black also will be the director.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Nick Hilsher, will perform Feb. 15 and 16.

For more information, or to purchase reserved seating, contact the ESO office by phone at (580) 237-9646, in person at 301 W. Broadway, or go to

ESO office hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.