On the Town: OSU partners with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra


Lillie-Beth Brinkman

Oklahoma State University’s performing arts programs are set to get even stronger thanks to a new partnership with the New York Philharmonic.

OSU’s McKnight Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic have created a three-year residency partnership that will regularly bring New York musicians to Stillwater, according to a press release.

The connection will provide educational opportunities for students at OSU Greenwood School of Music and Stillwater Public Schools. Each year, this residency will include a gala, public performances, a youth education concert and masterclasses. It also means that some OSU students will travel to New York each year for immersive learning opportunities with the Philharmonic.

The McKnight Center’s namesake, Ross McKnight, who sits on the boards of the New York Philharmonic and the McKnight Center, said he envisions the center as a “transformative space” to experience world-class art.

“Over the next three years, the residency will help establish a cultural legacy in Stillwater that will attract audiences and develop the next generation of musicians,” he said. The McKnight Center was established in 2016, with Ross and Billie McKnight providing leading support with a $25 million donation.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 23-25 ​​when the New York Philharmonic returns to the McKnight Center for a series of performances.

Stay tuned for more on this partnership in the future, starting when the McKnight Center announces its next season in May. We can all look forward to the experiences this New York-Stillwater collaboration will produce for all of us.

Art notes and happenings

Heritage Hall will showcase all kinds of artwork at its Heart of Gold heART Gallery Auction, which will begin with a public reception from 2-5 p.m. Sunday in the Embree Gallery at its graduate school, 1800 NW 122nd . Stop to see paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photographs, and other works by locally and nationally acclaimed artists and students. Auctions begin at the front desk and continue online until 10 p.m. on April 9.

The auction closes to coincide with the Heritage Hall Heart of Gold Gala. The gala and auction benefit the school’s teacher endowment fund to recruit and retain quality educators.

For more details, visit heritagehall.com/support/heart-of-gold.

This weekend at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will be the last chance you will have to see the “Dale Chihuly: Magic & Light” exhibition which has been in place since 2015. At the time, the museum collaborated with the studio Chihuly to create the gallery to showcase Chihuly’s works in the OKCMOA collection. The collection will be reimagined in another way that will include new works on loan from the Chihuly Studio in Seattle and visitor favorites from the museum’s own collection in Oklahoma City. “Chihuly Then and Now: The Collection at Twenty” is set to premiere June 18.

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