The McKnight Center Hosts Free Community Chamber Music Concert

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The McKnight Center’s inaugural Chamber Music Festival performances will be from April 10 through April 14 featuring concerts in OKC, Tulsa and Stillwater. This week-long residency features a variety of world-renowned talented chamber musicians that will educate, inspire and entertain music lovers of all ages. The Chamber Music Festival concludes on April 14 with a gift to the Stillwater community – a free community chamber music concert entitled “Just Great Music” at 7:30pm at the Seretean Center on the campus of OSU. Preregistration for free tickets is requested at

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.

In addition to Anne-Marie McDermott, artists for the Chamber Music Festival include:

Alex Kerr – violin, concertmaster of Dallas Symphony
Amy Schwartz Moretti – violin, former concertmaster of Oregon Symphony, head of Strings at McDuffie School for Strings
Roberto Diaz – viola, former Principal Viola of Philadelphia Orchestra and current President of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia
Christopher Costanza – cello, St. Lawrence String Quartet
Todd Levy – clarinet, Principal Clarinet of Milwaukee Symphony and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra
Susanna Phillips – soprano, Metropolitan Opera Singer
Bruce Adolphe – composer, musicologist and educator, member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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


Tickets and registration for the Free Community Concert available at
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6PM
     The Soul of Gypsy – Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Road, Tulsa
Joseph Haydn Piano Trio No. 39 in G-major, Hob. XV:25, “Gypsy Rondo”
Antonín Dvořák Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
Carl Maria von Weber Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B-flat major, Op. 34

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10AM
     My What Big Ears You Have!  Youth Concert – Seretean Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Hosted by Bruce Adolphe

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6PM 
     Amadeus – Gaillardia Country Club, 5300 Gaillardia Blvd, Oklahoma City
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Duo No. 1 in G-major for Violin and Viola, K. 423
Francis Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat major, Op. 184
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G-minor, K.478

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6PM
     A Viennese Evening – Willard Hall, Whitehurst Lane, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Erik Leidzen Kreisler String Quartet Arrangements
Franz Schubert “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” (“The Shepherd on the Rock”) D.965
Ludwig van Beethoven Clarinet Trio in B-flat major, Opus 11
Alfred Gruenfeld Soiree de Vienne

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30PM
     Just Great Music! Free Community Concert – Seretean Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
George Frideric Handel/Johann Halvorsen Passacaglia in G-Minor for Violin and Viola
Bruce Adolphe Out of the Air, Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello (2016)
George Gershwin arr. by Rick Walters
Antonín Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A-major, Op. 81

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts will be a statement of artistic talent worth sharing and a cultural destination attracting artists and performing art lovers from around the world. The McKnight Center is an expression of Oklahoma State University’s commitment to the arts to serve generations of students, performers and audience members alike. By helping us advance this project, The McKnight Center will also become a long-lasting expression of you — a reflection of your belief that art on the Oklahoma State University campus, in this community and in our world, is valuable and worth supporting.

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.

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.