Duke Ligon, founder of Mekusukey Oil Company and board member of numerous energy-focused companies and charitable organizations, is among the notable supporters of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Foundation. Duke Ligon’s contributions have enabled the Foundation to further the mission of the Philharmonic in providing a musical education for the city’s residents.
The 30-year-old orchestra and its conductor and music director, Joel Levine, have built a strong program of selections to enrich the culture of the region. Since the Philharmonic’s inception in 1988, Levine has led the professional musicians as they developed into a widely respected ensemble.
Over Levine’s tenure, the orchestra developed its popular holiday program called “The Christmas Show!” Other seasonal programs include concerts in celebration of the Fourth of July and Labor Day. The Labor Day concert, in particular, has become a local tradition, with many families including it in their long weekend.
Under Levine’s direction, the Philharmonic has hosted world-renowned guest performers, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman. After the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, Joel Levine will step aside to allow new music director Alexander Mickelthwate to take the Philharmonic to further successes.