The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 4, 2013

Cirque Musica to headline opening night of Event Center

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Event Center’s grand opening June 27 will feature a performance by Cirque Musica, a show blending circus performers with music.

“I think we will have a good crowd. Tickets are $27 to start, so that’s very reasonable. It will be a great show,” said Keller Taylor, general manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall for Global Spectrum.

Taylor said Cirque Musica is similar to Cirque du Soleil. It will feature a live orchestra, utilizing some local musicians. There is a high-wire act featuring the Wallenda family and a Russian swing, which consists of two wheels circulating on top of each other and three motorcycles in a globe racing around them.

Cirque Musica is just releasing its arena show, which will debut the week it appears in Enid in Frisco, Texas. That initial performance will be followed by shows in Tulsa and Enid, Taylor said.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. June 27 performance go on sale at 10 a.m. April 12 by calling (855) TIX-Enid or online at Pre-sale starts 10 a.m. Wednesday. People who “like” the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Facebook page will receive the pre-sale code.

“We are excited to bring a quality show like Cirque Musica to help open the Enid Event Center,” Taylor said.

He said the show will appeal to families, and the musical repertoire features classical favorites like Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Violin Concerto in D Major” by Tchaikovsky and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” The orchestra also will play pop musical features, including a salute to some of the best rock acts of all time. Cirque Musica features music composed by Emmy-  and Academy Award-nominated composer Marcelo Zarvos.

Enid Event Center is the centerpiece of the city’s Enid Renaissance Project. Brick and mortar costs for construction of Enid Event Center and renovation of Convention Hall were $24.5 million, but equipping the buildings, creating Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant parking lots and other costs have brought the total price to more than $40 million.

Taylor said bookings are starting to come in for Enid Event Center, and he said there soon will be some announcements of upcoming programs. Initially, entertainment will be the Event Center’s primary offering.

“It will involve some diverse content that’s never been in this market before,” Taylor said. “It’s mostly entertainment acts now, but we’re also looking forward to Enid High School basketball and some other activities.”

He said Work on Enid Event Center will be completed by the end of May.

The building will feature 73,000 square feet of space and have 3,200 seats for sporting events, 3,500-3,800 for concerts and about 3,665 for Cirque Musica, Taylor said. The seats are retractable and have wider-than-normal arm rests and cupholders.

The next step on the recruiting side is construction of the downtown hotel. Taylor has sent bids on several events, but he said the hotel will be a factor in helping to book conventions.