With the opening of the new David Geffen Hall just around the corner, the New York Philharmonic took a weekend excursion to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to kick off its residency at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University — its first return since helping inaugurate the hall in 2019. The residency marked the beginning of a three-year partnership among the NY Phil, the Center, and OSU, announced in March.
The residency not only provides the Stillwater community’s music lovers with world-class orchestral music; it also includes educational activities, such as masterclasses for OSU students, led by NY Phil musicians, and a Very Young People’s Concert for local first and second graders.
Check out some of the highlights of the residency, which included Gil Shaham playing Mendelssohn, Conrad Tao playing Mozart, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (which New Yorkers can hear in late October), and more.
All photos by Chris Lee