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

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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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

Exhibit featuring graduating students’ thesis artwork at Fairbanks Gallery in June

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University students completing their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees will present their thesis work in an exhibit June 5-17 at the Fairbanks Gallery on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

Twenty students graduating from various art disciplines will be exhibiting in the show. They are: Milla Oliveira, Mike Chasco, Angelica Ingeman, Diana Robbins, Kelsey Carruth, Ariyon Kawai, Brooklyn Cochran, Kiana McCurry, Mai Xee Yang, Johnny Beaver, Reid Dehle, Lily Hudnell-Almas, Koa Tom, Kaylee Weyrauch, Kody Kirkpatrick, Cat Fitzsimmons, Tiffany Cha, Madelaine Corbin, Alexandra May, Caroline Moses.

A reception will be held in the gallery at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6. OSU Provost Edward Feser will present the President’s Award for Excellence in Art and the Provost’s Purchase Award. Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will present the College of Liberal Arts Purchase Award. Seniors of Distinction Awards also will be presented to outstanding graduating seniors in studio art, photography and art history.

Also at the reception, scholarships will be awarded to returning students, freshmen and transfer students selected through a competitive portfolio review. The scholarships include the Stone/Sponenburgh Scholarship, Joyce Dickerson Printmaking Award, Norma Seibert Print Scholarship, Yaquina Art Association Scholarship, Freshman Foundation Award, Helen E. Plinkiewisch Scholarship and others.

The Fairbanks Gallery is located at 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will also be open for special hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 15 and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

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Andrew Nigon, 541-737-4880, andrew.nigon@oregonstate.edu

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Tongue and Hip by Milla Oliveira

Tongue and Hip

Transcontinental by Milla Oliveira

 

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Student-directed one-act play festival runs June 1-4 at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Three original, student-directed, one-act plays will be featured in Oregon State University Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival June 1-3 on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 1-3 and at 2 p.m. June 4 in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way.

The three featured plays are comedies showcasing the creativity of student directors, actors and designers. The line-up includes: 

  • “The Two Minds of Mr. Coffan,” by Hannah Fretz and directed by Sedona Garcial, is a surreal look into the imagination of a struggling young writer whose characters come to life to help improve his terrible novel.
  • “Love Games,” by Heaven Carreon and directed by PJ Harris, is a wacky melodrama about the nature of sex, infidelity, and love.
  • “Skinner,” by Mike Stephens and directed by Brian Greer, is a pun-filled parody of 1980s teen-slasher movies depicting a group of naïve high school students on a weekend camping trip that goes terribly wrong.

Tickets for the 2017 One-Act Festival are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, $5 for youth/students, and $4 for OSU students. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.

For accommodations related to a disability, contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784.

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Oregon State University Band concludes 125th season with May 30 concert

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Band will conclude its 125th season with a performance by the OSU Wind Ensemble and OSU Wind Symphony on Tuesday, May 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. 

The OSU Wind Symphony, directed by Olin Hannum, will open the concert with five popular favorites from the symphonic band repertoire: Alfred Reed’s “A Festival Prelude,” conducted by graduate music education student Hannah Sneller; John Mackey’s “Hymn to a Blue Hour”; Carolyn “Early Light,” conducted by graduate music education student Tim Chase; an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion” featuring student tuba soloist Maria Rivera; and a wind-band adaptation of John Williams’ overture “The Cowboys,” from the John Wayne movie of the same name.

 Director of bands Chris Chapman and the OSU Wind Ensemble will open the second half of the concert with  Justin Raines’ concert overture “Dreams of Flight”; followed by Bruce Broughton’s “In the World of Spirits,” a cinematic 11-minute tone poem written in 2011; “Baron Cimetiere’s Mambo” by Donald Grantham; Gustav Holst’s Second Suite for Military Band, Op. 28, conducted by graduate music education student Tim Chase; and Lucien Cailliet’s arrangement of Richard Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral.”

Tickets are $5 for general admission. Admission is free for K-12 youth and OSU students with valid ID. Advance tickets available online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACevents. For accommodations relating to a disability call 541-737-4671, preferably at least one week in advance.

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Zachary C. Person, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4671

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OSU’s new online college student services administration master’s degree rooted in social justice

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is offering a new online master of education degree in college student services administration with a focus on social justice.

The 54-credit program is offered through the OSU College of Liberal Arts and delivered online by Oregon State Ecampus, the university’s nationally ranked online education division. 

At a time when issues of social justice and equity are on the rise nationally, higher education professionals need to be equipped with the knowledge and tools to successfully navigate sensitive issues on the front lines, experts say, and this novel new program addresses those needs.

Courses set a framework for master’s students to deliver equitable and accessible student services programs, promote learning and facilitate community development. Program graduates will be prepared to lead the response to emerging campus issues, such as concerns about micro-aggression in the classroom or freedom of speech on campus.

The program is ideal for anyone with an undergraduate degree who is starting, advancing or transferring to a career in student services and wants to create a positive and enriching collegiate student experience, officials say.

“Part of the core responsibility of people in student services is to deal with the life condition of the student that comes to them,” said Larry Roper, an OSU professor and program coordinator in the College of Liberal Arts. “And for us, a justice frame means that we respond to that student in a culturally respectful way that honors who they are and is not limited by our ability to understand.”

The college student services administration Ecampus online program features the same curriculum as OSU’s successful on-campus CSSA program, which has been a national leader for 50 years. All classes are taught online by OSU faculty who are experienced student services professionals and are passionate about creating equitable and successful environments.

Using a student-centered approach, classes focus on students’ wide-ranging experiences and backgrounds to guide the learning process. Real-world scenarios are used to connect the theory to the practice.

“We’re acknowledging that our students are bringing life experiences with them that can add greatly to the success of the course,” Roper said. “It allows students to apply the academic experiences to practical experiences, which is what provides them the most powerful tool for career entry and advancement.”

Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of postsecondary education settings, including student affairs, student support services, student government and activities, residence life programs, career services and general student advising and academic support.

“The last three graduating CSSA on-campus classes at OSU have had a 100 percent hire rate in related areas,” Roper said. “We have graduates working all over the world, and our long history of providing educational excellence speaks for itself.”

Students can apply and be admitted any term beginning this fall. More information is available online.

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Heather Doherty, 541-737-3297, heather.doherty@oregonstate.edu

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Larry Roper, 541-737-2759, larry.roper@oregonstate.edu

Corvallis-OSU Symphony concludes 111th season with ‘Music Transcendent’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will perform “Music Transcendent” on Tuesday, May 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of The LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University (875 S.W. 26th St.) in Corvallis.

The performance, conducted by Marlan Carlson, will feature works by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and Claude Debussy in a display of musical imagery, virtuoso ensemble work and colorful orchestration.

A selection from “The Sea,” a 1905 Debussy piece, opens the program. The orchestra will perform “From Dawn to Noon on the Sea,” the first movement of the three-part symphonic poem in which Debussy depicts the sunrise and waking of the sea.

Strauss’ suite from his opera “The Woman Without a Shadow” closes the first half of the show. The fairytale-based opera premiered in 1919. Strauss extracted key elements from the score for the suite nearly 30 years after its premiere and it is that piece that is most frequently heard by modern audiences.  

The second half of the concert is dedicated to popular excerpts from Wagner’s “Ring Cycle.” In addition to the well-known “Ride of the Valkyries,” Carlson will lead the ensemble in three selections from “Twilight of the Gods” – “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey,” “Siegfried’s Funeral Music,” and the final “Immolation Scene.”

Reserved seat tickets are $22, $27 and $32. They are available online at www.cosusymphony.org. General admission seats are $20 and are available in advance at Grass Roots Books and Music in Corvallis. Students are admitted free with valid student ID. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. For accommodations relating to a disability call 541-286-5580, preferably one week in advance.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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Fishing and seafood in Oregon are the focus of May 18 discussion at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon,” a conversation about Oregonians’ relationship with ocean life and products of the sea, will be held on Thursday, May 18,  beginning at 7 p.m.at The Center for the Humanities at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Food and travel writer Jennifer Burns Bright will lead the conversation on topics including the impact of the global seafood market, cultural traditions related to fishing, and challenges to the ocean and its bounty.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project. It will be held in the lecture room at the Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave. in Corvallis.

Bright, of Port Orford, recently retired from teaching at the University of Oregon, where she researched desire in 20th-century literature, led a faculty research group in the emerging discipline of food studies and won a national pedagogy award for a team-taught, interdisciplinary class on bread.

She holds a doctorate from the University of California, Irvine and a Master Food Preserver certification. As a community organizer linking local producers and consumers, Bright often speaks and teaches at events. Her writing appears in Gastronomica, Oregon Quarterly, NPR’s The Salt, and AAA’s Via.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to daily life and the state of Oregon’s future.

 


 

About Oregon Humanities: Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Joy Jensen, 541-737-2450, centerforthehumanities@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU’s summer Bard in the Quad production to be held May 15-16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place May 15-16 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Call-backs may be held May 17, if needed.

Bard in the Quad is an annual production featuring Shakespeare plays in a casual, outdoor summer atmosphere. The 2017 production will be the romantic comedy “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty, staff and area community members. The production will be in the style of a Wild West melodrama featuring bold physical comedy, music, dance and a dog.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and improvisational games. Contact the director in advance if you are able to play an instrument. Director Elizabeth Helman hopes to cast an ensemble of 12-14 performers.

Rehearsals for Bard in the Quad will begin with a read-through June 17 and then run Sundays through Thursdays starting June 25. Performances are scheduled Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 10-14. All cast members must be able to attend all tech rehearsals (July 29 to Aug. 2) and performances.

For more information or questions, contact Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu.

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Boston Brass to play at Oregon State University May 24

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Boston Brass, a quintet that plays a combination of classical repertoire, jazz standards and original compositions, will perform on Wednesday, May 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

The concert is part of “SAC Presents,” a visual and performing arts series sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication at OSU.

Boston Brass has established a musical experience that includes classical arrangements to burning jazz standards and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire. The group, which formed more than 30 years ago, performs more than 100 concerts annually and appears with orchestras, bands, marching bands, jazz bands and a variety of other ensembles.

The quintet has performed in 49 states and 30 countries and has conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Boston Brass also has teamed with Yamaha Band Instruments as ambassadors for the Give A Note Foundation, which provides musical instruments to schools in need.

The public performance in Corvallis will include the OSU Wind Ensemble on a portion of the program. The group’s appearance also is part of a mini-residency that will include clinics with OSU brass students and a recording session with the Wind Ensemble for Mark Records.

The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 S.W. 26th St. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $25 and $30 for the main floor; $10 for limited balcony seating; and free to OSU students, one per person. Tickets are available online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents; at The LaSells Stewart Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m; and at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance. OSU students who are not on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays may call 541-737-5592 to obtain one free ticket.

The performance is part of Corvallis Arts for All; up to two tickets may be purchased for $5 each by those in the SNAP program with an Oregon Trail Card. CAFA tickets must be obtained in person at The LaSells Stewart Center during ticket selling hours or at the door the night of the performance, and may be limited. For more information and for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts.

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Erin O’Shea Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

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Annual OSU gathering of ‘world’s largest’ Native American flute circle set for May 12

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The annual gathering of the Oregon State University Native American flute circle, led by instructor Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Student Experience Center plaza, 2251 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

The flute circle gathering, thought to be the largest in the world, brings together past and present students of Music 108, one of the most popular baccalaureate core courses at OSU, in a celebration of cultural diversity and togetherness. In May 2016, 375 participants joined in the largest iteration of the OSU event to date.

“Since time immemorial, music has brought people together for many different purposes. The students of the Native American flute course here at OSU are playing their flutes to celebrate cultural diversity and break the world record for the largest Native American style flute circle,” Reibach said. “The circle will consist of many different ethnicities and cultures, all playing together with one heart.”

The gathering is free and open to the public. Participants in the flute circle must be current or past enrollees of OSU’s Music 108 course. For accommodations relating to a disability, please call 541-737-4671.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, jan.reibach@oregonstate.edu, 971-241-9804

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