Cimarron Opera celebrates its 50th Annual Festival of Spirituals!

Cimarron Opera will celebrate its 50th Festival of Spirituals on April 14th at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church - 555 S. University Blvd in Norman.
The Festival of Spirituals is a Palm Sunday tradition established by the late Thomas and Carol Brice Carey, world-renowned opera singers and Cimarron Opera founders, who developed the annual festival to preserve and celebrate aspects of African-American heritage.

Community, student, and invited guest singers will perform a wide selection of both familiar and lesser-known spirituals. This festival is one of only a few nationwide dedicated to perpetuating this original American art form and the stories surrounding its evolution.

This year’s Festival of Spirituals will feature an incredible line up including: Dr. Irv Wagner's OU Trombone Choir, Brandon Haynes, The Ambassadors Concert Choir, Bonita Franklin, Erica C. Thomas, the Northern Oklahoma College Choir, Marcy Gonzales, and many others.

There is never a charge for admission to the Festival of Spirituals, as it is our gift to the community. Contributions are always gratefully accepted.

This production is made possible with the generous support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Allied Arts, Prime Architects, St. John's Episcopal Church of Norman, and First Presbyterian Church of Norman. 

Cimarron Opera’s mission is to provide aspiring performing artists and creative technicians a forum for their talents and opportunities to gain valuable training and stage experience, while providing cultural enrichment and education to various audiences across the state and beyond.


Cimarron Opera’s history began in the spring of 1975 when Thomas Carey and Carol Brice Carey founded the Church Circuit Opera Company, which was renamed Cimarron Circuit Opera Company in 1981. Thomas Carey and Carol Brice Carey were renowned international performers and professors of music at the University of Oklahoma who sought opportunities for aspiring artists to sing on stage.  They also hoped to bring superior operative productions to Oklahoma.  The artistic spirit of the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company’s founders continue to provide inspiration to succeeding artists and directors.


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