Tulsa Symphony executive director named “Tulsan of the Year”

Posted on: December 8, 2020

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, “like almost every other performing arts group in the country, had been forced to postpone or cancel all of its concerts … in the face of the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic,” writes James D. Watts Jr. in Saturday’s (12/5) Tulsa World (OK). “But the Tulsa Symphony, said Executive Director Keith C. Elder, was determined to get before a live audience again.… ‘We see ourselves as a community service organization that provides something vital and important to our fellow citizens. That something just happens to be live orchestral music. So from the beginning, we began reaching out to and working with local and national public health professionals to figure out a way to responsibly and safely supply live music to our community,’ he said.” The article states, “On Sept. 5, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra became the first professional orchestra in the country to perform before a live audience since the March 14 shutdown,” at ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers. Said Elder, “I’m so proud of this community and this orchestra to be the trailblazers in bringing back live arts performances.” Elder is one of several “Tulsans of the Year” in the article.