8 questions with a Miss America ‘Coming Home for Christmas’ to OKC

Susan Powell is “Coming Home for Christmas” with lots of fond memories of Oklahoma, a hopeful reunion with a dear friend and a jazzy version of Jingle Bells.

“It’s fun and fast … Barbra Streisand recorded it, and I’ve done it a few times with the (Oklahoma City) Philharmonic on The Christmas Show,” Powell said of the latter. “I love the Philharmonic. It’s my home orchestra … so I’m excited to be back there.”

Elk City native, coloratura soprano and television personality, 1981. crowned Miss America, Powell will return to her home state to perform alongside Grammy- and Emmy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein, known as the “Ambassador for the Great American Songbook.” as special guests for the OKC Philharmonic’s new holiday pop program, “Coming Home for Christmas.”

Performances will take place on December 2. and 2 d. 8 p.m. and December 3 8 p.m. Civic Center Music Hall.

Elk City native, coloratura soprano and television personality Susan Powell was crowned Miss America in 1981.

The new holiday program will replace the “Christmas Show,” which has been created for the past 16 years by orchestra founder and music director emeritus Joel Levine and University of Oklahoma musical theater dance professor Lyn Cramer.

“It was more like a Radio City Music Hall, like a revue or a Broadway musical, which is great… But we wanted to be a little more intimate and heartfelt and classic — and see how it went with something a little different.” said Alexander Mickelthwate, music director of the OKC Philharmonic, who will conduct the holiday performances.


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