OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU Chamber Choir honors Ed and the late Beth Ray at annual President’s Concert

05/30/2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Steven M. Zielke, will present the 13th annual President’s Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave. in Corvallis. 

The “Music of Spheres” concert revolves around Ola Gjeilo’s 2008 “Sunrise Mass,” for mixed choir and string orchestra. The film score-influenced work is a unique fusion of Latin Mass text and English titles in five sections: “The Spheres – Kyrie”; “Sunrise – Gloria”; “The City – Credo”; “Identity – Sanctus” and “The Ground – Pleni Sunt Coeli/Agnus Dei.”

The program also includes Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt’s arrangement of “Indonana,” a traditional South African folk song; “Sainte-Chappelle” by Eric Whitacre; a Craig Hella Johnson adaptation of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”; “Balleilakka,” by A.R. Rahman; and “Pseudo-Yoik” by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. 

In 2004, OSU President Ed Ray and his late wife, Beth, established the Ed & Beth Ray Endowment for Choral Leadership Scholars. Each year since, four students – a soprano, alto, tenor and bass – who display excellent musicianship, leadership and vocal ability, have been honored with this award.

The following year after being selected, these students serve as section leaders in the OSU Chamber Choir. At the 2017 President’s Concert, four new students will be honored to continue this tradition. 

General admission seating is $10. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth are admitted free. Advance tickets are available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACevents. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671, preferably one week in advance.

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