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First Look at Construction of Oklahoma State's McKnight Center

In just 12 months, the New York Philharmonic will open Oklahoma’s newest world class concert hall.

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University will feature an 1,100 seat concert hall with a massive stage that can support the largest of orchestras.

"That's the beauty of the facility is we have ability to bring in world-class artists, but to present them in the most unique and intimate environment," says McKnight Center Executive Director Mark Blakeman. "You’re not going to get it anywhere else – there is not another place on this planet where you can hear the New York Philharmonic perform with only a thousand other audience members."

Even though opening night is still a year away, the McKnight Center is already producing concerts, including a November 1st concert at the Seretean Center featuring Carter Brey, the principal cellist with the New York Philharmonic.

Kelly Burley served as KOSU Director from September 2007 to May 2019. In 2007, Burley returned to public radio after more than four years as Associate State Director for AARP Oklahoma. Burley first joined KOSU in 1990, first as a reporter, then news director and eventually program director. During that time, he won three Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association, the National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and two national awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Kelly lives in Stillwater with his wife, Lisa. He has two grown children, Clint and Kara.
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