Bright Night

Friday, September 22, 2023

Support The McKnight Center’s artistic and educational programming with this exclusive celebratory evening.


5 pm Cocktail Reception in The McKnight Center’s Marilynn and Carl Thoma Grand Atrium
6 pm New York Philharmonic Concert* in the Performance Hall
Followed by a celebratory Dinner at the Alumni Center

*Single tickets to the concert start at $50. Tickets may be purchased through the Box Office at (405) 744-9999 beginning in mid-July when adding on to a season ticket package, or on August 1 when purchased separately. Seating in our private box level is available only to select Bright Night sponsors.

The esteemed New York Philharmonic returns to The McKnight Center for an unforgettable week of events, including an exclusive Gala Concert and Dinner. Join us Friday, September 22, 2023, as we celebrate the power of the performing arts and the second year of an incredible, unique three-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic.

The full Gala experience is only available to McKnight Center Director's Circle donors and Bright Night Gala Sponsors. To learn more about sponsorship and giving opportunities and be included on the invitation list, please contact Amy Miller, Director of Development, at (405) 385-2139 or

Become a Sponsor

Becoming a Bright Night Gala Sponsor provides you with tickets both the Concert and Dinner, a special commemorative gift, and the opportunity to enjoy Director's Circle benefits all season long. Click to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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Gala Concert

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Gala Dinner

The elegant Gala Dinner, held immediately after the Concert in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center, is a unique opportunity to celebrate this special evening. The Gala Dinner is exclusively available to members of the Director's Circle and Gala Sponsors.

Why Support the McKnight Center?

Like most performing arts organizations, we rely on our family of loyal donors to help us continue to grow as a cultural destination, attracting an international roster of superb artists and performers to the center through prestigious partnerships. Your gift may be designated to directly impact an area of your choice, including our K-12 educational outreach, masterclasses and Side by Side programs for OSU students, family and community presentations, and main stage productions.

Thank you to our Gala Sponsors

as of 8.15.23

Season Sponsor
Devon Energy

Benefactor | $25,000 and above
Chickasaw Nation
Billie and Ross McKnight
OSU Foundation
Marilynn and Carl Thoma
Lana and Chuck Van Cleave
Executive Producer | $15,000-$24,999
Mike Bode and Preston Carrier
Linda Cline and Amy Cline
Jimi and Ken Davidson
Jonathan Drummond
Helen Hodges
OSU President's Office
Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation
Producer | $10,000-$14,999
Steve and Patty Armbruster
Edward E and Helen T Bartlett Foundation
Terri and Brett Carver
Cheryl and John Clerico
Starla and Brandon Halcomb
Vickie and Joe Hall
Ann Halligan
Kim Hilbig
Judy Hull and Matt Hull
Rae and Mike Hyatt
Staci Bejcek and Behfar Jahanshahi
Jameson Family
Luxa Enterprises
Pam and Joe Martin
Marichu and Page Maxson
Shirley and Bill McIntyre
Diane and John Offutt
Gerald Stangl
Julie and Russ Teubner
Director | $5,000-$9,999
Mark A. Blakeman
Kirk Boersma and Dr. Chih Ming Chung
Frauke Petersen and John Burdge
Mary and Jerry Burson
Tracie and Eric Chapman
Jane and Gary Clark
Dana Cole
Patti and Wes Dunbar
Deb and Dave Engle
Malinda and Dick Fischer
Janet and Brad Gaskins
Roger Gose
Lea and Stephen Gose
Leah and Brad Gungoll
Ann and Burns Hargis
Pam and Steve Holton
Jennifer and Ken Hudgeons
Jeanene and Ron Hulsey
Linda and David Hutchinson
Susan and A.J. Jacques
Cathy and John Jameson
Issy and Richard Jennings
Sharon and Robert Keating
Betsy and Doug Koontz
Mike Kuykendall
Colleen Lage
Caroline and John Linehan
Cathy and Fred Moore
Lou and Jim Morris
Carolyn Gang and Edward Noltensmeyer
Joseph Parker, Jr.
Charlotte and Kirk Pittman
Jean Van Delinder and Bradley Rickelman
Pam and Clint Roush
Betty and John Scheffler
Nedra and Bill Segall
Leanita Shelby
Jeff Simpson
Lisa and Mark Snell
Pam and Bob Spinks
Becky Steen
Pat and Roger Tucker
Dava White
Patti and Jeff Wilber
Mary and Mike Woods

* The Director’s Circle is The McKnight Center’ most loyal group of annual donors. Members receive benefits including access to Box Seats and the Patron Lounge, invitations to special events, and more. For more information on becoming a member of the Director’s Circle or a Gala Sponsor, or if your name has been inadvertently omitted, contact Amy Miller at (405) 385-2139 or