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OU Symphony Orchestra

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 performances in Dallas’ Morton H. Meyerson Center and Houston’s Wortham Center, as well as for hosting the unique 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’ Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with alumnus Julie Davies, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Debussy’s Nocturnes, Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, symphonies of Schumann, Schubert, and Nielsen, Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, Petrushka, and Firebird, staged performances of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Ravel’s L'enfant et les Sortilèges and the Oklahoma premieres of Anthony Brandt’s Making Perfect.

Concerts during the 2019-20 season include the Oklahoma premiere of Wang Lu’s Wailing, Debussy’s La Mer, staged performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Beethoven’s Fourth, and Ligeti’s Lontano.


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