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July 25, 2013

Enid Symphony featured in August state magazine

ENID, Okla. — Enid Symphony Orchestra will be featured in next month’s edition of “Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Heritage Association.”

Shelley Rowan, marketing director for Oklahoma Heritage Association, said Enid Symphony was selected for the magazine because it was the first civic orchestra in the state.

“The Oklahoma Heritage Association’s mission is to tell Oklahoma’s story through its people, and stories for our magazine are chosen with our mission in mind,” Rowan said. “As a statewide organization we make sure to highlight stories of cities and people from across Oklahoma. The story of the first civic orchestra in Oklahoma, housed in the elegant Symphony Hall, caught our attention for the August issue.”

Nine pages of the August edition are dedicated to the story of the creation and evolution of the symphony and the facility where it is housed.

“It’s an ode to one of the longest continually active cultural organizations in Oklahoma,” Rowan said.

The article highlights both the breadth of the musical performances and the beauty of the facility.

It also tells the story of how the Enid-Phillips Symphony Association came to be housed in a formerly neglected building in the heart of downtown Enid.

“The Enid Symphony Center project was conceived in 1997 by (Douglas) Newell when he ‘re-discovered’ Enid, Oklahoma’s second Masonic Temple,” the article reads.

The five-story building had been sitting neglected for 51 years, the article reads. It was purchased by Enid businessmen Robert Berry, Frank Davis, Jack Bowers and Lew Ward.

Oklahoma Heritage Association publishes the magazine three times annually. It is mailed to members of Oklahoma Heritage Association and is available online by subscription. The magazine also is placed in high school libraries statewide. Individual copies can be purchased from the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum Store in Oklahoma City.

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