A Peek into the Season

August kicks off a variety of showcases for performing arts companies around Oklahoma, as well as theaters, museums, galleries and concert halls. We’ve broken down their offerings and highlighted a few can’t-miss events.

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Kite and Natani Notah: In The Realm of Miracles
Aug. 5-Sept. 25

Donald G. Longcrier: Sin Titulo
Oct. 7-Nov. 23

VisionMakers 2022
Dec. 2-Jan. 22

AHHA Tulsa

Sticker Book – Julie Alpert
Aug. 5-Nov. 20

American Theatre Company

The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Oct. 7-15 

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 9-23

Skeleton Crew
March 3-11

American Buffalo
May 5-13

Armstrong Auditorium

Gentri – The Gentlemen Trio
Sept. 15

Maxwell Quartet – The Kilted Quartet
Nov. 10

Delirium Musicum
Dec. 1

The Five Browns
Jan. 12

Sam Bush, Mike Marshall, Edgar Meyer and George Meyer
Jan. 31

WINGS: A Celtic Dance Celebration
Feb. 15

Lviv National Philharmonic of Ukraine
Feb. 28 

Kinan Azmeh and Aizuri String Quartet
March 16

The Academy of St. Martin – In the Fields Wind Ensemble
April 18

Bob Dylan Center

The Gift
Ongoing

Jerry Schatzberg: 25th & Park
Through Oct. 16

BOK Center and Paycom Center

Fans of all different kinds of music can get there fill at Tulsa’s BOK Center in the coming year.
For the county music enthusiasts, take your pick between Jason Aldean on Aug. 6; Thomas Rhett on Sept. 24; Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood on Oct. 31; and Cody Johnson on Dec. 3.

If you’re looking to rock out with some metal instead, Poison visits Aug. 20; followed by Iron Maiden Sept. 15; and Scorpion with White Snake Sept. 21. 

Pop, indie, rap and main-stream rock can also be found on the roster this year, with the Lumineers Aug. 17; Michael Buble on Sept. 11; Post Malone on Oct. 28; and rock legend Bruce Springsteen Feb. 21. 

To snag tickets or get more information, visit bokcenter.com. 

Rock, pop, rap, country … Paycom Center in OKC offers it all.
For rock ‘n’ roll and beloved mainstream groups and singers, visit Aug. 20 for My Chemical Romance; Sept. 14 for the Backstreet Boys; Sept. 30 for Pearl Jam; Sept. 27 for Shawn Mendes; and Nov. 4 for Greta Van Fleet.

Fans of a rap and pop combo shouldn’t miss Kevin Gates on Aug. 23 and Pitbull on Sept. 4. 

And, of course, country music has its time at the Paycom Center: Keith Urban returns to Oklahoma Sept. 30; followed by Koe Wetzel on Oct. 1; Turnpike Troubadours on Nov. 12; and Luke Combs with a double feature on Dec. 9-10.

For tickets, head to paycomcenter.com. 

Left: Pearl Jam, Sept. 20, Paycom Center
Photo courtesy Paycom Center

BOK Center

Jason Aldean
Aug. 6

The Lumineers
Aug. 17

Poison
Aug. 20

Bill Burr
Sept. 8

Michael Buble
Sept. 11

Iron Maiden
Sept. 15

Scorpions with White Snake
Sept. 21

Thomas Rhett
Sept. 24

Blue’s Clues and You
Oct. 27

Post Malone
Oct. 28

Carrie Underwood
Oct. 31

Cody Johnson
Dec. 3

Bruce Springsteen
Feb. 21

Canterbury Voices

Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah featuring the OKC Philharmonic
Oct. 9

Canterbury Christmas featuring the OKC Philharmonic Brass and Canterbury Youth Voices
Dec. 4

Dave Brubeck’s To Hope! A Celebration featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
March 9

Crescendo! An Evening with Canterbury featuring the Canterbury Chamber Voices
May 18

Celebrity Attractions

Bringing Broadway to Tulsa, Celebrity Attractions doesn’t have a bad apple in the bunch for its 2022-2023 season.

Starting off strong, Pretty Woman the Musical comes to the Tulsa PAC from Aug. 23-28. Other highlights include Hadestown running Sept. 27-Oct. 2, which recounts the story of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Kids and kids at heart will enjoy Disney’s Frozen, returning Oct. 20-29, as well as The Lion King, June 1-17.

A popular production, the musical Six runs Nov. 22-27, described as a “modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII, presented as a pop concert.” And finally, the musical that took the world by storm – Hamilton – returns to Tulsa March 7-19. For season tickets and info on more shows, visit celebrityattractions.com. 

Left: Six, Nov. 22-27, Celebrity Attractions
Photo by Joan Marcus

Celebrity
Attractions

Pretty Woman the Musical
Aug. 23-28

Hadestown
Sept. 27-Oct. 2

Disney’s Frozen
Oct. 20-29

Six
Nov. 22-27

Jesus Christ Superstar
Jan. 24-29

Hamilton
March 7-19

Ain’t Too Proud
April 4-9

Lion King
June 1-17

The Lion King, June 1-17, Celebrity Attractions
Photo courtesy Celebrity Attractions

Chamber
Music Tulsa

Viano String Quartet
Sept. 17-18

Kalichstein, Laredo, Robinson Trio
Oct. 15-16

Maxwell Quartet
Nov. 11-13

Rolston String Quartet
Feb. 17-19

Akropolis Reed Quintet
March 10-12

Neave Trio
April 22-23

Discovery Lab 

From classes to outreach, special programming, professional development and kids’ camps, Tulsa’s new Discovery Lab location has something for everyone. 

Major draws include the fixed exhibitions, which run the gamut of subjects. These include the Math and Music exhibit, the HydroLab – which is described as an “underwater world” in a “steam punk submarine” – the Imaginarium, which utilizes projected reality that responds to movement, and Ballapalooza, which encourages collaboration with systems of machines and exhibit components. 

Other highlights include the ‘High Facilitation Areas,’ of the Workshop, the Science Lab and the Little Lab.

Additionally, the Lab has partnered up with Tulsa Public Schools for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programming. The curriculum includes field trips and educational classes in the labs, offering students one-of-a-kind learning opportunities. 

For more information on the Lab’s offerings, visit discoverylab.org. 

Left: Photo courtesy the Discovery Lab

Discovery Lab

Math and Music Exhibit
Ongoing

Energy Exhibit
Ongoing

HydroLab
Ongoing

Ballapalooza
Ongoing

Central Gallery
Ongoing

Featured Hall
Ongoing

The Workshop
Ongoing

The Little Lab
Ongoing

Science Lab
Ongoing

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Ascendant
Through Aug. 14

Synesthesia
Ongoing

Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection
Ongoing

Weitzenhoffer French Impressionism Collection
Ongoing

Eugene B. Adkins Collection
Ongoing

Art Since 1960
Ongoing

Icons from the McGhee Collection
Ongoing

Living Arts of Tulsa

Inspired by Archetypes
Through Aug. 18

Ego Tripping (Spoken Word Event)
Aug. 27

Madison Moody & Andrea Martin
Sept. 9-Oct. 14

Day of the Dead Festival
Nov. 4

Cole Cathey, Gabriel Rojas, Michael Palazzo & Kayla Marie Andrus
Jan. 6-20

Champagne & Chocolate Member Show
Feb. 3-March 10

OVAC
April 7-21

Liz Dueck & Joshua Harris
May 5-19

Rachel Rector and Marium Rana
June 2-23

Shelby Head
July 7-21

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City

The Rocky Horror Show
Oct. 5-30

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol
Nov. 16-Dec. 23

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Feb. 16-March 11

The Play That Goes Wrong
April 5-23 

The Sound of Music
June 27-July 2 

The Prom
July 11-16 

Ain’t Misbehavin’
July 25-30

Mabee Center

Gaither Oklahoma Homecoming
Aug. 19-20

Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art

From Ancient Ruins to Skyscrapers: Architecture in Art
Through Aug. 28

Celestial Connections
Sept. 10-Oct. 23

Messiah: Christ in Art
Dec. 17-Jan. 22

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts

Stillwater’s McKnight Center for the Performing Arts is gearing up for a fantastic 2022-2023 season.

The fun kicks off on Sept. 9 with a performance from Sara Evans, multi-platinum singer/songwriter. Stick around for other goodies that include the illustrious New York Philharmonic from Sept. 23 to 25, and Buddy Guy Oct. 7. The fifth annual Chamber Music Festival runs Nov. 3-6, with a variety of moving works selected by artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott.

Other gems to enjoy this season include Legally Blonde the Musical on Nov. 10-11; Elf in Concert with the Tulsa Symphony on Dec. 1; Late Night with Leonard Bernstein on March 5; and An Evening with Renée Elise Goldsberry on April 28-29. Get season tickets and more information at mcknightcenter.org.

Left: New York Philharmonic, Sept. 23-25, McKnight Center of Performing Arts
Photo by Chris Lee

McKnight Center for the Performing Arts

Sara Evans
Sept. 9

Lightwire Theater’s The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare: The Next Gen
Sept. 16

New York Philharmonic
Sept. 23-25

Buddy Guy, Oct. 7, McKnight Center for the Performing Arts Photo courtesy McKnight Center

Buddy Guy
Oct. 7

5th Annual Chamber Music Festival
Nov. 3-6

Legally Blonde – The Musical
Nov. 10-11

Elf In Concert with the Tulsa Symphony
Dec. 1

The Swingles
Dec. 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jan. 28

On Your Feet!
Feb. 2-3

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
March 3

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein
March 5

Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie: Starring Indigo Blume
March 11

Curtis on Tour: The Soldier’s Tale
March 24

Peter Pan: Silent Film with Live Organ Performance by Peter Krasinski
April 2

An Evening with Renée Elise Goldsberry
April 28-29

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Prix de West      
Through Aug. 7

Colter’s Hell: Yellowstone National Park at 150
Through Oct. 23 

Looking Through the Windows to the West
Through Feb. 19

Art of the Northwest Coast    
Aug. 27-May 1

Aliento a Tequila (The Spirit of Tequila)
Sept. 1-Oct. 23  

Sombreros Texanas and Bosses of the Plains: Cowboy Hats from the Permanent Collection    
Sept. 16-Jan. 8

Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale    
Oct. 1-Jan. 2

Small Works, Great Wonders 
Nov. 11-27 

outLAWman  
Nov. 19-May 7

You Have Died of Dysentery… 
Dec. 10-May 7

OKC Ballet

Fans of the stunning sport and art form of dance shouldn’t miss the jam-packed season at OKC Ballet. 

Venture to Scissortail Park on Sept. 17 for the troupe’s season opener, Ballet Under the Stars. Then, you can enjoy Lady of the Camellias on Oct. 21-23 at the Civic Center, with support from the OKC Philharmonic. The ballet tells the story of a forbidden love between a wealthy woman and a lower-class gentleman. 

Other must-sees include the holiday favorite The Nutcracker, presented by Devon Energy, running Dec. 10-18. Slip into a fairytale on Feb. 10-12 at Cinderella, which recounts a beloved, age-old story through ballet. Season closers include Future Voices from March 9-12, which highlights stunning choreography from up-and-coming artists, as well as Shorts, which presents three ballets in one from May 5-7. Visit okcballet.org for tickets. 

Left: Future Voices: A Choreographic Showcase, Feb. 10-12, OKC Ballet
Photo by Shevaun Williams

OKC Ballet

Ballet Under the Stars
Sept. 17

Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellia’s featuring the OKC Philharmonic
Oct. 21-23

The Nutcracker presented by Devon Energy, featuring the OKC Philharmonic and Canterbury Voices
Dec. 10-18

Cinderella featuring the OKC Philharmonic
Feb. 10-12

Future Voices: A Choreographic Showcase
Feb. 10-12

Shorts: Three Iconic Ballets in One Performance
May 5-7

OKC Broadway

Hairspray
Sept. 6-11

Hadestown
Oct. 25–30

Tootsie
Nov. 15-20

Cats
Dec. 30-Jan. 1

The Book of Mormon
Jan. 13–15

Jesus Christ Superstar
Feb. 14-19

Disney’s Frozen
March 22-April 2

Hamilton
May 24-June 4

OKC Philharmonic 

Opening Night
Sept. 17

Mahler’s Vienna
Oct. 15

Happy 90th, John Williams!
Nov. 4-5

Bolero!
Nov. 12

Coming Home for Christmas
Dec. 2-3

Nordic Soundscapes
Jan. 7

Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies
Jan. 27-28

Rite of Spring
Feb. 4

Kelli O’Hara Celebrates 80 Years of Rodgers & Hammerstein
Feb. 24-25

Sight and Sound
March 4

The Texas Tenors
March 17-18

Joshua Bell
April 15

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert
April 28-29

Oklahoma Stories: Clara Luper Centennial
May 13

OKC Town Hall

Jeff Struecker
Sept. 15

Jonathan Turley
Oct. 20

Victor Davis Hanson
Nov. 17

Tammy Bruce
Feb. 16

Peter Zeihan
March 16

Lawrence Jones
April 20

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Exciting programming and unique exhibitions comprise Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s many offerings over the next calendar year.

An ongoing exhibition, Chihuly Then and Now: The Collection at Twenty tells a comprehensive story of Dale Chihuly’s groundbreaking career, and features works that have never been seen in OKC before now. Highlights from the Rose Family Glass Collection runs Sept. 3 through Jan. 15 and explores the broad story of the Studio Glass movement, begun in the 1950s.
Running Oct. 15 to Jan. 15, Abbas Kiarostami: Beyond the Frame highlights the works of the titular Iranian filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. Lastly, Art and Activism at Tougaloo College can be seen Feb. 18-May 14 and puts on display the first-ever collection in Mississippi dedicated to modern art.
For more information, visit okcmoa.com. 

Left: Abbas Kiarostami, Oct. 15-Jan. 15, OKCMOA
Photo courtesy the Kiarostami Foundation

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Chihuly Then and Now: The Collection at Twenty
Through June 2024

SONIC Family Discovery Week
August 2-7

Highlights from the Rose Family Glass Collection
Sept. 3-Jan. 15

ARTonTAP 2022
October 7, 2022

Abbas Kiarostami: Beyond the Frame
October 15, 2022-January 15, 2023

Art and Activism at Tougaloo College
Feb. 18-May 14

Oklahoma Contemporary

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers its patrons numerous opportunities for cultural enrichment in the coming months.

     Gonzálo Lebrija: Breve historia del tiempo will be showcased Aug. 4 through March 27 at the Campbell Art Park; the piece depicts a 2,500-pound 1968 Chevrolet Malibu that appears to be suspended vertically over a pool of water.Next up is La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara, which highlights the city that has become a leading hub of contemporary architecture, design, cuisine, literature and visual art, running Sept. 23-Jan. 9. Other must-sees include The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family, running Feb. 2-May 22. This exhibition spotlights over 100 works from contemporary artists that focalize on all things food. Lastly, visit ArtNow: The Soul is a Wanderer from June 22-Sept. 18, 2023. Within the exhibition, 15 artists showcase their work in a variety of mediums. To learn more about Oklahoma Contemporary, visit oklahomacontemporary.org. 

Left: ArtNow, June 22-Sept. 18, 2023, Oklahoma Contemporary
Nathan Young, Peyote Box, 2016. Giclee print. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

Oklahoma
Contemporary

Destination Oklahoma
Through Oct. 17

Gonzálo Lebrija: Breve historia del tiempo
Aug. 4-March 27

La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara
Sept. 11-Jan. 9

Open House
Sept. 23-24

Fugitive Speech
Nov. 3-Feb. 20

Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family
Feb. 2-May 22

ArtNow: The Soul is a Wanderer
June 22-Sept. 18

Paycom Center

All This Future Tour featuring Hillsong United and Lauren Daigle
Aug. 10

Kevin Hart
Aug. 14

My Chemical Romance
Aug. 20

Kevin Gates
Aug. 23

Pitbull
Sept. 4

Backstreet Boys
Sept. 14

PBR Team Series
Sept. 16-19

Pearl Jam
Sept. 30

Shawn Mendes
Sept. 27

Keith Urban
Sept. 30

Koe Wetzel
Oct. 1

Ozuna
Oct. 16

Christian Nodal
Oct. 28

Greta Van Fleet
Nov. 4

Turnpike Troubadours
Nov. 12

Judas Priest
Nov. 20

Luke Combs
Dec. 9-10

Philbrook

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism
Through Sept. 11

Martine Gutierrez: Indigenous Woman
Through Nov. 27

Rembrandt to Monet: 500 Years of Painting from Joslyn Art Museum
Feb. 19-May 28

Slumgullion: The Venerate Outpost
Ongoing

Sam Noble

The Bearded Lady Project
Through Sept. 25

Hall of World Cultures
Ongoing

Hall of Ancient Life
Ongoing

Hall of Natural Wonders
Ongoing

Hall of People of Oklahoma
Ongoing

Signature
Symphony

Rachmaninoff and the Dance Floor
Oct. 1

Christmas in Tulsa featuring Signature Chorale
Dec. 16-17

Legends and Swans featuring Andrew Sords
Feb. 25

Tulsa Sings! American Jukebox featuring Scott Coulter and Tulsa Sings! Finalists
April 8

Theatre Tulsa

Tulsa’s beloved local theater is jam-packed with performances during its 2022-2023 season. 

The company puts on a variety of shows in different categories – including the Broadway Series, Play Series, Academy for up-and-coming young actors, and the Adventure Series, which showcases new stories and experiences.
     In the Broadway Series, don’t miss Something Rotten Aug. 12-28; Little Shop of Horrors just in time for Halloween on Oct. 21-30; 1776 running Jan. 13-29; and Kinky Boots from April 28 to May 7. In the Play Series, Our Town kicks off Nov. 11-20, and American Son runs March 31-April 9. As for the last two sectors, highlights include Monty Python’s Spamalot School Edition, Nov. 3-6; and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids Edition May 12-14.

For more information, visit theatretulsa.org. 

Left: Something Rotten!, Aug. 12-28, Theatre Tulsa
Photo by Josh New

Theatre Tulsa

Something Rotten
Aug.12-28

Little Shop of Horrors
Oct. 21-30

Monty Python’s Spamalot School Edition
Nov. 4-6

Our Town
Nov. 11-20

1776
Jan. 13-29

American Song
March 31-April 9

Kinky Boots
April 28- May 7

Disney’s 101 Dalmations Kids Edition
May 12-14

Tulsa Ballet

Creations in Studio K
Sept. 16-25

Carmen
Nov. 4-6

The Nutcracker
Dec. 9-23

Cinderella
Feb. 9-12

Tchaikovsky: The Man Behind the Music
March 23-26

Signature Series
May 11-14

Tulsa Botanic Garden

Autumn in the Botanic Garden
Sept. 22-Oct. 30

Beaujolais et Lumiere Dinner
Nov. 18

Botanic Garden of Lights
Nov. 25-Dec. 30

Tulsa Botanic Blooms
March-April 2023

Tulsa Opera

Gioachino Rossini’s The Italian Girl
Oct. 28, 30

Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida
Feb. 25

Tobias Picker’s Emmeline
May 12, 14

Tulsa PAC

World Stage Theatre Company presents: Driving Miss Daisy
Sept. 15-25

TPAC presents: Pirate School
Nov. 10-11 

OKMEA 2023
Jan. 18-21 

World Stage Theatre Company presents: Terminus
Feb. 2-12

Theatre North presents: Paradise Blue
Feb. 18-26

TPAC presents: The Secret Agency
Feb. 16-18

TPAC presents: Cenicienta
March 10 

Theatre North presents: N
April 22-30 

Celebrity Attractions and TPAC present: Discovery Awards
May 25

Tulsa
Town Hall

Theresa Payton
Sept. 23

Jon Meacham
Nov. 18

Jean Chatzky
Jan. 13

Richard Dreyfuss
March 3

Jonna Mendez
April 28

Tulsa Symphony

Walt Disney Animation Studios: A Decade in Concert
Sept. 9

Chamber Music Series: Schubert
Sept. 16

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Sept. 24

Chamber Orchestra Series: Haydn’s Symphony No. 83
Oct. 2

Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances
Oct. 8

Chamber Music Series: Dvorak
Nov. 11

Dvorak Symphony No. 7
Nov. 19

Elf in Concert
Dec. 2

Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5
Jan. 14

Chamber Music Series: Mozart
Jan. 27

Brahms Symphony No. 1
Feb. 4

An Evening of Opera
March 4

Chamber Orchestra Series: Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1
March 12

Chamber Music Series: Beethoven
March 17

The Princess Bride in Concert
April 15

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Eroica
May 20

Woody Guthrie Museum

Bruce Springsteen Live!
Through Sept. 25

Fire in Little Africa
Ongoing