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OCCC CULTURAL PROGRAMS
ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES
Intimate season to be streamed online and performed live in front of limited audience
Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) today announced its Virtual Concert Series (VPS) for the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC), the South Oklahoma City performance hall that ordinarily houses more than 1,000 patrons for world-class concerts, plays, musicals and touring experiences. The new season features recognizable touring musicians with Oklahoma roots who will stage hourlong intimate performances to a limited number of in-person patrons, followed by a discussion/Q&A period with the artists. Patrons can purchase one of the limited in-person tickets or can choose to purchase tickets to stream the events live from home.
“COVID-19 has forced all concert venues to search for new ways to engage with our patrons,” said Lemuel Bardeguez, Director of Cultural Program for OCCC. “OKC has built a reputation for exceptional visual and performing arts, and this new Virtual Concert Series helps OCCC and our community stay connected with the arts, even while we have to be apart.”
To create an intimate concert environment for those who are comfortable, OCCC will sell in-person tickets for up to 20 purchasers, allowing patrons to safely distance and have a unique experience. There will be no limit to streaming ticket sales, and a raffle will offer streaming patrons a chance to win in-person tickets. Specially-designed posters and prints, as well as unique behind-the-scenes and digital-only content will be available for patrons, too. The VCS kicks off September 29 with renowned fiddler and Oklahoma City University graduate Kyle Dillingham. Other shows, yet to be announced, will take place on October 13, October 27, November 10, November 24 and December 8.
“In a year of lost seasons, we have found ours,” said Bardeguez. “Let’s make it special.”
Oklahoma City Community College enrolls around 17,000 students annually, and its Visual and Performing Arts Center, easily-accessible at the I-240 and I-44 junction, seats more than 1,000.