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OU Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan Shames, Conductor of OU Symphony Orchestra, conducts the orceshtra April 22.


The OU Symphony Orchestra is one of the most exciting collegiate ensembles in American universities today. The orchestra has gained attention for its sell-out performance in Dallas’ Morton H. Meyerson Center, as well as for hosting the 4x4 Prizes for Composers and Conductors. The ensemble performs regularly at the University of Oklahoma, playing a wide repertoire of orchestral and opera music.

Highlights of the past three seasons have included performances of Brahms “Symphony No. 4,” Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” with alumnus Julie Davies, Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony,” Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances,” Debussy’s “Nocturnes,” Bartok’s “Dance Suite,” symphonies of Schumann, Schubert, and Nielsen, Stravinsky’s “Symphony in Three Movements,” Petrushka and Firebird, and staged performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Concerts during the 2018-19 season include Beethoven’s “Eroica Symphony,” Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2,” staged performances of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Ravel’s L'enfant et les Sortilèges  as well as Handel’s Rodelinda, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique.”

Jonathan Shames
Music Director and Conductor, OU Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director and Conductor, OU Opera Theater
Director of Orchestral Studies, OU
Professor of Orchestral Conducting