December 10, 2017


The McKnight Center For The Performing Arts Announces Inaugural Chamber Music Festival For April 2018
-- Weeklong McKnight Center Chamber Music Festival includes variety of private and public concerts --

    STILLWATER, OK, December 10, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Audiences won't have to wait much longer for the debut of premiere performances from The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University.

The McKnight Center Chamber Music Festival will be The McKnight Center's inaugural concert series, featuring a variety of performances and interactions with the finest chamber musicians in North America. The musicians will be in Stillwater for a weeklong residency April 8 through April 14.

The residency includes three regional ticketed intimate soiree performances, masterclasses for OSU students, a music-education concert for area elementary students, and a free Stillwater community concert on April 14 as the grand finale to the Festival.

Sponsorships are available now, and tickets and registration for the Free Community Concert will be available beginning in January at McKnightCenter.org.

"This inaugural Chamber Music Festival will be absolutely amazing," said Mark A. Blakeman, Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director for The McKnight Center. "It is the start of our work at The McKnight Center to have a lasting, long-term impact on our community and on the students at Oklahoma State University."

Famed concert pianist and chamber musician Anne-Marie McDermott is the Festival's artistic director and is responsible for recruiting each of the musicians and programming the music highlighted throughout the week. Many of these highly talented artists have performed on world-renowned stages such as the Dallas Symphony, the Zurich Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the MET, Curtis Institute of Music, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

McDermott's career spans more than 25 years as a soloist and collaborator. With over 50 concerti in her repertoire, Ms. McDermott has performed with many leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico among many others. She is also a member of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center.

"We are preparing a week of world-class music with incredible artists, and we will start building a real relationship with the community -- listeners in Stillwater, the OSU community and children who will grow up with access to The McKnight Center," she said. "We are creating organic momentum around the music that will carry through until when The McKnight Center is in full bloom with concerts year-round. I'm really honored to be a part of this inaugural McKnight Center Chamber Music Festival and the momentum that I am sure will continue to grow for decades."

Dr. Howard Potter, head of the Oklahoma State University's Department of Music, said it is remarkable that the McKnight Center Chamber Music Festival is creating opportunities for OSU music students to learn from the renowned artists during the one-week residency.

"The faculty and students are doubly excited to know that in between performances, our students will be able to interact with these great artists on a personal level in the form of masterclasses, rehearsal observations and discussions on the business of music, music education, career development and music entrepreneurship," Potter said.

Blakeman said music education, as a core tenet of The McKnight Center, will play an important role throughout the week of activities. "We believe that well-rounded art and culture experiences enrich our humanity individually and collectively," he said.

For more information about each of the artists participating in the Chamber Music Festival, please visit our website.

McKNIGHT CENTER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Sponsorships are available now. Tickets and registration for the Free Community Concert will be available at McKnightCenter.org beginning in January.

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Sponsors-Only Welcome Reception with Anne-Marie McDermott

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6PM
Tulsa Soiree - Location TBD
The Soul of Gypsy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10AM
Youth Concert - Seretean Center
Hosted by Bruce Adolphe

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6PM
OKC Soiree - Gaillardia Country Club
Amadeus

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6PM
Stillwater Soiree - Willard Hall
The Viennese Evening

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30PM
Community Concert - Seretean Center
Just Great Music!

The McKnight Foundation exists to manage and operate The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Construction of The McKnight Center has begun and is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The McKnight Foundation is governed by a seven-member board of trustees and an executive director. The foundation will be engaged for the operation and programming of The McKnight Center. An aggressive fundraising campaign is underway to supplement construction costs and complete the innovative programming endowment.

The Oklahoma State University Foundation, the private fundraising organization for OSU, exists to unite donor and university passions and priorities to achieve excellence. The Foundation manages donor contributions so the university can provide the most advanced educational opportunities for students. From scholarships to community programs to important research, OSU donors generously support the spirit and legacy of the university's land-grant mission. Oklahoma State is experiencing an ongoing transformation, and all gifts ensure this tradition of excellence continues.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.

Contacts:
Heidi J. Kelley | The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at OSU | 239-888-0189 | hkelley@mcknightcenter.org

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Contact Information:
Heidi Kelley
McKnight Center
Stillwater, Oklahoma
United States
Voice: 239-888-0189
Website: http://www.mcknightcenter.org

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