Oklahoma Community Orchestra Opens New Season Tuesday

The Oklahoma Community Orchestra opens its 27th season with “A Celtic Connection” Sept. 28. The performance will feature instrumental Celtic group, “Mithril,” and will be held in Hardeman Auditorium on the OC campus at 7:30 p.m. A campus map can be found here.

Oklahoma Christian music professor John Fletcher will conduct the concert, which will also include “Somerset Rhapsody” by Gustav Holst and Aaron Copland’s “Billy The Kid” suite.

“Mithril’s unique, progressive style will provide a wonderful evening of music to open our new season,” Fletcher said. “The group has its roots in traditional Celtic music, but is also influenced by American folk, classical and Middle Eastern melodies.”

The band’s four members perform with instruments such as Irish flute, whistle, fife, Celtic harp, fiddle, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, bodhran (Irish frame drum) and harmonium. They have been featured in concerts throughout the country. As guest artists with Mobile, Ala., Symphony, they set an all-time attendance record for a symphony pops series.

The group’s music has received airplay on the nationally syndicated “Celtic Connections” radio show and on Internet radio shows such as AOL World Radio, XM Satellite Radio, Ren Radio & Celtic Moon.

Tickets may be purchased at the door Tuesday night for $10, or online at www.okorchestra.org for $8. For more information call 425-1990.

The Oklahoma Community Orchestra consists of musicians in the greater Oklahoma City area that seek to promote the performing arts and provide quality performances of symphonic literature at a nominal charge to the community. Approximately 70 musicians perform in the orchestra and most performances are at Oklahoma Christian University. For more information, visit www.okorchestra.org.