As a precursor to the October grand opening of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director Mark Blakeman announced this weekend that curated ticket packages for the Inaugural Season are now available and unveiled the 2019-2020 performance lineup. Blakeman also showcased The McKnight Center’s new logo,whose imagery pays homage to the center’s unique interior.
“This is an exciting day,” OSU President Burns Hargis said. “We’re pleased to give the public the opportunity to purchase ticket packages to The McKnight Center’s diverse range of programming. The McKnight Center will be a beacon of art and culture for this region and will provide a space for families and community members to engage with and experience some truly exceptional performances.”
For the Inaugural Season, The McKnightCenter will offer an array of programming opportunities in its cutting-edge performance facility and outdoor plaza. Performances slated include popular Broadway touring productions such as “An American in Paris” and “The Buddy Holly Story,” musical experiences from all genres, including the Preservation Hall
Jazz Band and renowned operatic soprano Sarah Coburn. Famed violinist Joshua Bell will perform with the London-based chamber orchestra The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Tony Award-winner and Oklahoma native, Kelli O’Hara, will kick off the season during the Opening Night Gala and Concert, lending her luminous talent in a performance with the New York Philharmonic.
“It’s not a coincidence that we opened with an exceptionally talented Oklahoma native and the New York Philharmonic,” said The McKnight Center’s Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director Mark Blakeman. “Like the performance, our center will marry international quality with a regional flair, creating something that is truly spectacular.”
During its opening week, The McKnight Center will host a week-long residency of the New York Philharmonic, where audiences can see them perform in Oklahoma for the first time in over 30 years. Additionally, the New York Philharmonic’s ongoing partnership with Oklahoma State University will provide valuable educational opportunities for Greenwood School of Music students to attend master classes with Philharmonic musicians and management.
“The McKnight Center will provide many opportunities for students and those in the community to experience world-class programming from some of the world’s finest performers in a state-of-the-art performance space,” continued Blakeman.
“Our vision is that the Center will become a hub for varied and vibrant performances that will make a lasting impact on everyone who experiences them,” said Ross McKnight, OSU Alumni and Philanthropist. “We believe that The McKnight Center will be truly transformational for our community, our university, and our state, and we’re beyond excited to see this cultural legacy come to life this fall.”
The McKnight Center’s first performance will take place on October 12 at 7:30 p.m. To guarantee the best seats at discounted prices, join The McKnight Center family of subscribers at (405) 744-9999. For more information about The McKnight Center, visit McKnightCenter.org.
About The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts
The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University will be a world-class epicenter for the arts, attracting celebrated national and international programs featuring notable performing arts productions and artists. The McKnight Center is an expression of Oklahoma State University’s commitment to the arts to serve generations of students, performers
Philharmonic | Oct. 12, 2019, 7:30p.m.
New York Philharmonic with Kelli O’Hara | Oct. 13, 2019, 2p.m.
Jonathan Biss |Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Oct. 25, 2019; Oct. 27, 2019; Nov. 15, 2019; Feb 20, 2020; Feb 21, 2020; March 27, 2020; March 28, 2020. Oct. 27 concert begins at 3pm; all other concerts 7:30p.m.
The Phantom of the Opera: Silent Film with Live Organ Performance | Oct. 31, 2019, 7:30p.m.
Chamber Music Festival with Anne-Marie McDermott, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Roman and the St. Lawrence Quartet
On-Stage Soiree Nov. 7, 2019, 6p.m.; Nov. 9, 2019, 7:30p.m.; Nov. 10, 2019, 3p.m.
Cirque Mechanics: 42 Ft – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels | Nov. 22, 2019, 7:30p.m.;Nov. 23, 2019, 7:30p.m.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical | Dec. 12, 2019, 7:30p.m.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Jan. 30, 2020, 7:30p.m.
1964: The Tribute | Feb. 14, 2020, 7:30p.m.
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell | Feb. 26, 2020, 7:30p.m.; Feb. 27, 2020, 7:30p.m.
An American in Paris | March 5, 2020, 7:30p.m.
The Buddy Holly Story | April 2, 2020, 7:30p.m.
Sarah Coburn | April 4, 2020, 7:30p.m.
André Watts | April 17, 2020, 7:30p.m.
André Watts with the OSU Symphony Orchestra | Thomas Dickey, Music Director & Conductor | April 19, 2020, 3 p.m.
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