Out in the far northern stretches of the Oklahoma City metro, tucked within the rolling greens, sits a premiere concert and performance venue called Armstrong Auditorium, one of the top attractions in the area
. It is off the beaten path but not hard to find, and from the distance, approaching visitors can see the bright glow of the $20 million, world-class facility. A hidden cultural gem in central Oklahoma, Armstrong features a performing arts series of classical music stars, internationally-renowned ballet companies, jazz icons and much more in a truly inspiring setting.
Below you'll find details on the concert experience at Armstrong Auditorium, the venue's history, ticket purchasing information, location and a current season schedule.
The immaculate, manicured grounds include a 120-foot reflecting pool cradling the bronze and steel sculpture "Swans in Flight" by Sir David Wynne. It's a pristine gathering area for pre-show conversation or even small performances, located just down the stone steps from where the lights slide down the columns in front of the facility's mammoth, glass facade. But it's the inside that really wows. Luxury abounds, from the meticulously-aligned walls of American cherry wood to the Persian onyx fronted by crystal candelabras. And the foyer lights up with the stunning reflective color of massive Swarovski crystal chandeliers, together weighing in at an astounding 6 tons.
Concertgoers may check their coats at no charge and perhaps enjoy a small snack before proceeding to their seats. The performance auditorium itself accommodates over 800, and it too features only the best in acoustics, stage amenities and audience comfort. With plenty of leg room for even the tallest among us, each seat offers an excellent view of the stage. At Armstrong, the experience is second to none in the area, a splendid cultural retreat completed by the esteem of the performers.
The Armstrong International Cultural Foundation is the non-profit, non-religious humanitarian and cultural arm of the Philadelphia Church of God. The foundation began its performance arts series in Edmond in 1998, with shows held at a small venue near the University of Central Oklahoma
, and in 2001, the series moved to the new 160-acre campus of Herbert W. Armstrong College, a small, private liberal arts institution. With furnishings and treasures imported from all around the world, construction began in 2008 on the 44,775 square-foot Armstrong Auditorium, designed by Oklahoma City-based Rees Associates. It hosted a debut performance in September of 2010, and attendance continues to grow each year as metro area arts enthusiasts discover not only the amazing facility but also the impressive performance slate.
Individual tickets for Armstrong Auditorium start at just $20 for the rear balcony section, depending on the event. Season subscriptions include 9 or 10 shows and range from $198 to $553. There are no additional fees for parking, ticket processing or coat check.
Tickets can be purchased online
, by calling (405) 285-1010 or at the Armstrong Box Office (14400-A S. Bryant Rd.) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Location & Directions:
Armstrong Auditorium is located on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus at 14400-A S. Bryant Road, near the intersection of Bryant and Waterloo in north Edmond
, Oklahoma. From I-35, simply exit westbound at Waterloo Road. Follow Waterloo for about 2 miles to Bryant and turn north. The entrance to the grounds is on the east side of Bryant just north of Waterloo.
2013-2014 Performing Arts Series:
The Armstrong Auditorium will host its 16th season in 2013-2014. The series features:
- October 7: Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
- November 7: The Canadian Brass
- January 27: Moscow Festival Ballet, Sleeping Beauty
- January 28: Don Quixote Ballet
- February 16: Jenkins-Malone Piano Duo
- February 27: Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel
- March 18: Mannhem Pressler, Piano
- March 27: Brian Stokes Mitchell
- April 24: Midori, Violin
- May 1: Messiah by G.F. Handel