Monday, August 1, 2022

Media contact: Jessica Novac | The McKnight Center | 405-744-6849 | [email protected]

The New York Philharmonic will return to Stillwater next month for a series of three concerts at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University. Each concert features a different repertoire of classical music and special guest soloists. The weekend of performances opens on September 23 with a special Bright Night gala concert celebrating Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

For the choir section of the grand finale, 100 OSU music students and voices from the Stillwater community will join the New York Philharmonic on stage.

“This is a unique opportunity for music students at the Greenwood School of Music,” said Mark Blakeman, executive director of Marilynn and Carl Thoma of the McKnight Center. “Rarely can students perform so meaningfully at a professional concert with a revered institution like the New York Philharmonic.”

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 remains one of the most important musical works in Western culture, even 195 years after the composer’s death. It is one of the most performed and recognizable symphonies in the world. The New York Philharmonic will perform this work with students only during the gala concert on September 23.

The Bright Night Gala Concert experience starts at 5 p.m. on September 23 with a welcome reception. All ticket holders are invited to WELCOME and will also benefit from free parking with the purchase of their ticket. Bright Night Gala sponsors are invited to a private dinner after the concert.

“Bright Night is an annual gala that celebrates and raises funds for the performing arts,” said Amy Miller, Chief Development Officer of the McKnight Center. “Our family of donors is passionate about the arts, and their generosity ensures that the center continues to grow as a cultural destination that presents unique concert experiences that music lovers cannot find anywhere else. »

Tickets start at $90, to purchase tickets for the gala concert or other center season events, visit or contact the box office at 405-744-9999. To become a sponsor, contact Amy Miller at 405-385-2139 or [email protected]

Tickets for all events in the 2022-2023 season are on sale and can be purchased as single events or subscription packages.

The full 2022-23 season at the McKnight Center includes:

Sara Evans- Friday, September 9, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

Part of the Pep Rally concert series – Arrive early for a party in the square

VIP ticket packages available. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with Sara Evans and more.

The Adventures of the Tortoise and the Hare of the Lightwire Theater: The Next Generation – 6:30 p.m., September 16

New York Philharmonic – September 23-25

Buddy – 7:30 p.m., October 7

Part of the Pep Rally concert series – Arrive early for a party in the square

5e Annual Chamber Music Festival – November 3-6

Legally Blonde – The Musical – 7:30 p.m., November 10 and 11

Part of the Pep Rally concert series – Arrive early for a party in the square on November 11th.

Elf in concert with the Tulsa Symphony – 7 p.m., December 1

The Swingles- 7:30 p.m., December 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra – 8 p.m., January 28

On your feet! – 7:30 p.m., February 2 and 3

The legendary Count Basie Orchestra – 7:30 p.m., March 3

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein – 3 p.m., March 5

Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie: featuring Indigo Blume – 3 p.m., March 11

Curtis on Tour: The Soldier’s Story – 7:30 p.m., March 24

Peter Pan: Silent Film with Live Organ Performance by Peter Krasinski – 3 p.m., April 2

An Evening with Renée Elise Goldsberry – 7:30 p.m., April 28 and 29

The McKnight Center has enhanced health and safety measures to keep guests, performers and employees safe. Face masks are recommended for these events. For more details on the safety instructions related to COVID-19, please click on here.