Ticketholders to Saturday’s performance of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic are urged to get there early — not to compete for seats, but to hear the story behind the strings.
Saturday marks the second of the group’s eight Classic Series Concert Previews, which are lectures that take place before showtime, in which local musicians and educators offer insights beyond what attendees will find in the program. At 7 p.m., an hour before pianist Jon Kimura Parker joins the Philharmonic for “Two Aspects of Romanticism,” Sergio Monteiro will preview the pieces. He is the newly appointed director of the piano department at Oklahoma City University’s Wanda Bass School of Music. Philharmonic music director Joel Levine (pictured) kicked off the series for the Sept. 24 season start.
Presented in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Orchestra League, all the Concert Previews are free. They are scheduled to take place before the Nov. 19 performance, and in 2012, on Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 3, March 31 and May 19. For more information, call 842-5387 or visit okcphilharmonic.org. —Rod Lott