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Music. Magic. McKnight.

Music. Magic. McKnight.

More than music filled the air at the Opening Gala at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts. The sold-out black-tie concert drew 1,000- plus people who were entranced by the New York Philharmonic, one of the world’s most iconic ensembles, and Oklahoma-born Broadway star Kelli O’Hara. But before a single note could carry the audience away, guests arrived to the pageantry of walking the orange carpet on their way into the Marilynn and Carl Thoma Grand Atrium. The welcome reception was broadcast live, sharing the spotlight shining so brightly on Stillwater with the world.

Composing a Legacy
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

The names of 22 families and organizations glow subtly from wooden tiles inlaid in the wall of the Patron Lounge on the second floor of The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts.

Growing in Harmony
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

With the opening of The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, and a new home for the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music, music performance and education at Oklahoma State University will reach a level few universities can match.

Behind the Curtain: Q&A with McKnight Center Director Mark Blakeman
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

Mark Blakeman, Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director of The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University, spent more than two years preparing to open the state-of-the-art concert hall, working to ensure that every detail was in order and the product on stage matches the magnificence of the space, not just this season but for countless seasons to come.

Amplifying Art
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

A 12-foot twisted ribbon-like bronze sculpture anchors the outdoor plaza at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, where surround sound and a giant screen offer new ways for the community to interact with art at Oklahoma State University.

Grace Notes
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

Focused. Persistent. Grateful. Those describe Oklahoma State University junior music education major Abraham Nuñez.

Youthful Appeal
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

At The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director Mark Blakeman is passionate about providing a rich experience for all visitors — an experience that resonates deeply in the unspoken, shared parts of humanity.