Photo courtesy National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Oklahoma composer, Edward Knight. Photo courtesy National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Friday, Feb. 20  

To help celebrate 50 years, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum will host a dinner and concert on Friday, Feb. 20 that pays tribute to five triptych paintings dedicated to the museum in the mid-1990s. This event, following the culmination of the five years it took artist Wilson Hurley to complete his triptychs, an exhibit titled Windows to the West, with the two years it took Edward Knight, an Oklahoma composer, to finish what he calls a “21st century soundscape that adds musical dimension to the mute majesty of Hurley’s 20th century renditions of timeless landscapes, is an “innovative, creative collaboration,” says Museum President Steven M. Karr. Explore Hurley’s visions of the West alongside music specifically written to amplify the viewer’s experience. The Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Nilles, will give a world-premiere performance of the 30-minute orchestral suite by Knight. A 6 p.m. reception will be followed by the 8 p.m. dinner and concert in the museum’s Sam Noble Special Events Center – the banquet hall Hurley custom designed to house his landscapes. For more information, visit


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