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The Symphony Show House will go on in Oklahoma City

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The Symphony Show House has been a longstanding Mother’s Day tradition for countless families in Oklahoma City, but this year, Mother Nature herself ended the 45-year streak.

Portions of the historic Sunbeam Family Home, 620 NW 21, were flooded during recent rains. The almost 90-year-old property is being converted to modern apartments and was going to open for tours to the public on May 11. The event has been postponed to June 8-16.

“The good news is the Symphony Show House is delayed, but not canceled,” said Lisa Reed, executive director of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League, which organizes the Symphony Show House each year. “Perhaps we will be starting a new Father’s Day tradition instead,” since the last day of the fundraiser will be on the Sunday of Fathers Day.

Hours for the Symphony Show House will be 11 a.m. to 7 pm daily. Tickets are $15 if purchased before the tours open on June 8, or $20 after the tours begin and will be available at okcorchestraleague.org and other ticket outlets, including discounted tickets at Mathis Brothers. Group rates are also available. The deadline for sponsorships has been extended to May 15 and some Show House Evenings slots are still available.

Rita Dearmon, event chairman, said designers, volunteers and patrons have taken the change in stride.

“Not a single person has complained of the inconvenience. They’ve simply said, ‘What can we do to make it work?’ We’re so fortunate to have such committed partners. We hope the public will join us in June and reward them for all of their hard work,” she said.

More than just a home tour, the Symphony Show House has served as a vital source of charitable fundraising for the OKC Philharmonic and music education programs for the last 46 years. Businesses, organizations and individuals can reach both marketing and philanthropic goals through a variety of opportunities. To volunteer, advertise, sponsor, reserve an evening or for more information, contact the League at 232-7575, execdir@okcorchestraleague.org or go to okcorchestraleague.org.

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