This weekend Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic gave the inaugural concerts of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, featuring Tony Award winner / Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara and Concertmaster Frank Huang. The concerts were a highlight of the residency at Oklahoma State University (OSU), in which the musicians engaged with OSU students and the Stillwater community. Go Pokes!
The New York Philharmonic ushered in its 178th season and honored outgoing Chairman Oscar Schafer and his wife, Didi — the most generous donors in Philharmonic history — with a star-studded night of Beethoven and festivities. Pianist Lang Lang wowed the crowd with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Music Director Jaap van Zweden led the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and Gala guests attended the buzzing cocktail reception and celebratory dinner. Relive the elegant evening, from the red carpet graced by the likes of Alec and Hilaria Baldwin through the concert and dinner attended by Bradley Cooper.