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Innovation Insight: Tulsa Symphony

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office’s “Innovation Insight” series profiles a variety of Oklahoma film and music professionals who have found creative ways to continue their craft or businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue adjusting in these uncharted waters, our creatives around the state continue finding innovative ways to use technology and we agree with their mindset: “The show must go on”.

September’s Innovation Insight features Tulsa Symphony, a community service organization that entertains, educates, heals and inspires through musical excellence, innovation, and collaboration. 2020 has presented an opportunity to increase innovation, and Tulsa Symphony has embraced the challenge. Along with other leaders in entertainment utilizing open-air models, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will kick off their fall season with an open-air, socially-distanced performance at the ONEOK Field Saturday, September 5, at 8:00 p.m.

Keith C. Elder, executive director of the Tulsa Symphony, said the decision to take up temporary residence at the baseball park was a way for the organization to put on concerts in a manner that would allow for social distancing and other safety measures necessary in light of the coronavirus pandemic. “By having the shows at ONEOK Field, we will be able to maintain social distancing in how people will be seated, both in the audience and among the performers,” said Elder. “The stadium seats about 8,500, and we’re expecting about 1,700 for our concerts, so there will be plenty of room.”

This season opener will celebrate the 250th birthday of legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven, and will spotlight world-renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman, who will play the historic Piano Concerto No. 3 in C-Minor that was premiered by Beethoven, as the soloist, in 1803. Daniel Hege, Principal Guest Conductor, will also conduct the turbulent Coriolan Overture and the captivating Symphony No. 7. The evening will close with a brilliant fireworks display that will light up the downtown sky.

Masks will be required to attend, and social distancing will be accomplished by limiting ONEOK stadium’s capacity to only 19%; therefore, tickets are limited. The stadium will also employ its disinfecting system and sanitary stations that have been used extensively at recent baseball games.

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Submit your own stories or nominate another Oklahoma film and/or music professional or business’ innovation, whether they found creative ways to retain employees, bring education or entertainment to new virtual audiences, provide emergency relief or even simply staying in business during these unprecedented times. Oklahomans will come out stronger and better as we rebuild our future. SUBMIT HERE.

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