In anticipation of the 2019 grand opening of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University, the New York Philharmonic’s Carter Brey will join the OSU Symphony Orchestra for a Nov. 1 performance at the Seretean Center on campus. Brey, the principal cellist for the oldest symphony orchestra in the nation, will also lead a Nov. 2 masterclass for OSU cello students.
“We are excited to welcome a musician of Carter Brey’s caliber to campus,” OSU President Burns Hargis said. “With the continuing progress on the construction of the McKnight Center, a state-of-the-art performance space, this concert will set the tone for more artists at the peak of their professions to entertain and inspire our students, campus and the greater community.”
Brey’s performance was planned by the McKnight Center and the Greenwood School of Music as part of a series of events that will crescendo with the Center’s grand opening and inaugural 2019 season. The season begins October 11, 2019 with a week-long residency of the New York Philharmonic. Additional performances and events will be announced in Spring 2019, to include Broadway touring productions and performances by elite orchestras, chamber groups, and individual musicians.
“I look forward to joining Maestro Dickey and the OSU Symphony Orchestra in Stillwater as they perform for arts patrons throughout the region,” Brey said. “I appreciate OSU’s growing commitment to the fine arts and the role the University has assumed in promoting and encouraging excellence in classical music among a new generation of musicians and devotees.”
The McKnight Center will also provide cutting-edge technology and performance space to OSU music faculty and students while facilitating opportunities for students to learn from and interact with visiting performers.
“It is an honor to play a role in bringing diverse cultural opportunities to the region,” Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director Mark Blakeman said. “Carter Brey’s performance with the OSU Symphony Orchestra and the masterclass he will lead while in Stillwater are two great examples of how the McKnight Center has already begun fulfilling its mission to encourage discovery, push educational boundaries and infuse the region with world-class programming.”
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