Posted by City of Yukon on 11/19/2018


The Oklahoma City Philharmonic is back for one of Yukon’s favorite traditions!  They will present the ‘Sounds of the Season’ holiday concert on Thursday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium, 850 Yukon Ave. 

General admission tickets are $10 and are on sale starting November 15 at the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly; Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E. Main; the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore Drive; and all YNB locations. Reserved tickets are only available at the Dale Robertson Center, starting November 15 at 8 a.m.  Sales will continue Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dale Roberson Center until tickets are gone.  There is a limit of 6 tickets per person. 

This year’s concert features Broadway star Nikki Renee Daniels, as well as the Philharmonic Pops Chorale. Maestro Joel Levine is returning to conduct the orchestra. 

Nikki Renée Daniels recently starred as Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (Clara), Les Miserablés (Fantine), Nine, Aida, Little Shop of Horrors, Promises, Promises, Anything Goes and Lestat. She made her New York City Opera debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess. Other New York credits include 1776 (Martha Jefferson) at City Center Encores! and The Secret Garden (Rose Lennox) at David Geffen Hall. Regional Theater credits include Ray Charles Live! (Della B.) at Pasadena Playhouse; Anything Goes (Hope) at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Sacramento Music Circus, American Musical Theater of San Jose and North Shore Music Theater; Ragtime (Sarah) at North Shore Music Theatre; Aida (Aida) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator) at ArtPark. Film and television work has included The Other Woman,  "Chappelle's Show", "Madam Secretary" and "The Sound of Music: Live". Nikki has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras across the country and Canada. She has also performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall. Her debut CD, Home, is available on iTunes and CDBaby.com.  

Joel Levine is the longest serving music director in Oklahoma City’s history. Maestro Levine’s reputation for exceptional musical collaboration has enabled the Philharmonic to present one of the country’s most distinguished series of world-renowned guest artists. He has collaborated with many of the greatest performing artists of our time and has been called a “remarkable musician and visionary” by Yo-Yo Ma. 

For three decades, Maestro Levine has conducted many of the city’s historic programs including “Porgy and Bess” with the legendary Cab Calloway, the Paris Opera Ballet starring Rudolf Nureyev, “Rodeo” for Ballet Oklahoma under the direction of Agnes DeMille, the Philharmonic’s 100thanniversary production of “La Boheme,” the State of Oklahoma’s official Centennial Celebration, and the National Memorial Service following the Oklahoma City bombing. He has also conducted Young People’s programs around the State for thousands of children, twenty-five OKC productions of “The Nutcracker” since 1980, and led programs featuring Oklahoma’s celebrated native stars including Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Jimmy Webb, Patti Page, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, Megan Mullally, Sandi Patty, and Leona Mitchell. 

He has received international recognition for performances reflecting many different styles in the classical repertoire. His program of Schubert and Schumann symphonies with Germany’s Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra led the reviewer to write: “Joel Levine proved that he is an absolute master of his profession; the audience honored this impressive performance with much applause.” Engagements in the great European capitols include concerts with the Czech National Symphony in Prague’s Dvorák Hall, and the Symphony Orchestra of Portugal in Lisbon. Other international invitations have included orchestras in Spain, Israel, Belgrade, Bucharest, and an appearance with the Mexico City Philharmonic.

Maestro Levine has conducted many of America’s major ensembles including three seasons with The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the orchestras of St. Louis, Detroit, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle, Denver, Nashville and New Orleans. The national press has praised his performances: “the orchestra played with clarity and energy” (Los Angeles Times), “fine musicianship” (Washington Post), “Levine brings the needed sheen and rhythmic verve to the music” (Minneapolis Star), “Levine drew a crisp, bold and tonally lustrous account of the varied score from the orchestra and full-throated chorus” (Houston Post). His Detroit Symphony performances received “four stars” - the highest rating from the Detroit News. 

Known for his work with major artists in the world of classical dance, he has conducted for three of the greatest male dancers: Rudolf Nureyev, Edward Villella, and Peter Martins. For the Kansas City Ballet, he collaborated with famed choreographer, Alvin Ailey and conducted the first contemporary performance of a “lost” Balanchine ballet, “Divertimento.”

Maestro Levine’s résumé includes collaborations with many of the immortal names of jazz, musical theater, film and television. Several of his recordingswith Mexico’s Xalapa Symphony Orchestra are in international release and have been broadcast on the BBC. 

Maestro Levine has taken an active role in the cultural life of Oklahoma City since he arrived in 1976 as music director for Lyric Theatre. He worked actively for the passage of MAPS 1 and played a key role in the renovation of our hall. For his work as a founder of the Orchestra, he received The Governor’s Arts Award (1989), was named Oklahoma Musician of The Year (1991), is a 2008 “Treasures of Tomorrow” honoree of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, received the 2014 Stanley Draper Award for his contributions to downtown Oklahoma City, and has received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Oklahoma City University. 

The Sounds of the Season concert is hosted by the City of Yukon. It is made possible by generous sponsors who fund the event and make the very affordable $10 ticket price possible. This year’s sponsors include YNB, The Kirkpatrick Family Fund; Yanda & Son Funeral Home & Cremation Services;  Smith and Turner Mortuary; Integris Canadian Valley Hospital; BancFirst; Spanish Cove Retirement Center; Avest Bank; Wesco Insurance Services; and BOK Financial Securities.

For more information about the City of Yukon’s Christmas events, call 405-354-8442, 405-350-8937 or visit www.yukonok.gov.

Sounds of the Seasons is one of Yukon’s best events. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do.  To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.yukonok.govor call 405-350-8937 or 405-354-8442.