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Peter J. Solomon Company Helps Raise Awareness About Food Deserts


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Peter J. Solomon Company

Duke Ligon, an Oklahoma City energy executive, owns and manages the Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. Recently, Duke Ligon also became a senior advisor to the Peter J. Solomon Company, a leading Wall Street financial advisory firm, which he counsels regarding energy matters.

Peter J. Solomon’s Food Retail & Restaurants practice recently held an event to raise awareness about the more than 20 million Americans who live in “food deserts.” Food deserts are places where people lack access to grocery stores with fresh food. Taking center stage at the event was a nonprofit organization named UpLift. Its mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy foods for economically disadvantaged people in food deserts nationwide.

With an eye on practical solutions, UpLift acts as a liaison between food retailers, developers, and city, state, and federal programs to encourage the development of profitable food stores in areas that need them.

For those interested in making a contribution, go to


Color Bearers Unite to Preserve America’s Civil War Sites

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Color Bearers

A resident of Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon owns and manages Mekusukey Oil Company and serves Peter J. Solomon Company as a senior advisor. Outside of his work in the energy sector, Duke Ligon holds positions on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including that of the Civil War Trust.

The nonpartisan Civil War Trust works to preserve history by protecting significant battlefields of the Civil War, the War of 1812, and the Revolutionary War. However, urban sprawl and development poses an urgent threat to the preservation of these sites, and many have already been lost.

One way to support the Civil War Trust is through membership in the Color Bearers. Modeled after their 19th-century counterparts, Color Bearers commit themselves as leaders of the mission to save the nation’s battlegrounds. For a monthly fee, Color Bearer memberships are available in five successive levels: Regimental, Brigade, Division, Corps, and National. Each subsequent level enjoys the benefits of the level or levels prior.

Renowned Oklahoma City Philharmonic Conductor to Retire


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Joel Levine

Duke Ligon, founder of Mekusukey Oil Company and board member of numerous energy-focused companies and charitable organizations, is among the notable supporters of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Foundation. Duke Ligon’s contributions have enabled the Foundation to further the mission of the Philharmonic in providing a musical education for the city’s residents.

The 30-year-old orchestra and its conductor and music director, Joel Levine, have built a strong program of selections to enrich the culture of the region. Since the Philharmonic’s inception in 1988, Levine has led the professional musicians as they developed into a widely respected ensemble.

Over Levine’s tenure, the orchestra developed its popular holiday program called “The Christmas Show!” Other seasonal programs include concerts in celebration of the Fourth of July and Labor Day. The Labor Day concert, in particular, has become a local tradition, with many families including it in their long weekend.

Under Levine’s direction, the Philharmonic has hosted world-renowned guest performers, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman. After the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, Joel Levine will step aside to allow new music director Alexander Mickelthwate to take the Philharmonic to further successes.

The Met Honors Noted Mexican Baroque Painter with Exhibit


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Cristóbal de Villalpando

The owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Duke Ligon serves as a board member of several regional energy companies as well as some of the country’s leading cultural and nonprofit organizations. Among his affiliations, Duke Ligon is a board member of the Major Gifts Committee for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

For three months, the Met will showcase the work of 17th-century Mexican painter Cristóbal de Villalpando. The exhibition features rare pieces by the artist such as Adoration of the Magi and The Holy Name of Mary.

In an unusual confluence of themes drawn from the New Testament and the Old, the Met is displaying Villalpando’s large-scale altarpiece painting depicting the prophet Moses with the bronze serpent alongside Jesus as He underwent the Transfiguration. The work, which the artist created for Puebla Cathedral, has never been part of a curated exhibit outside of Mexico.

Considered by critics as a master of the Mexican Baroque, Villalpando modified the European Baroque style with a lighter touch and brighter coloration to his work, while keeping the style’s richness of ornamentation and cultural references.