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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.


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

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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.


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

Startup Showcase, a celebration of entrepreneurship, will be held May 10 in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Startup Showcase, a celebration of achievements and a new take on a traditional startup graduation event, will be hosted by the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator/RAIN Corvallis program on May 10 in the ATAMI building at HP in Corvallis.

The Startup Showcase provides an opportunity to learn about innovations in the pipeline, new technologies and the latest group of emerging startups, while networking with investors and entrepreneurial experts.

The schedule of events includes:

  • 4 to 4:50 p.m.: The Futurists. A panel discussion featuring groundbreaking work by OSU researchers Mark Leid, Brian Paul and Yiğit Mengüç showcasing disruptive innovations.
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m.: Growth Stage. Three-minute pitches by Accelerator clients and finalists from the Next Great Startup competition. Companies include: GobTech, an artificial intelligence platform for game designers; Assure, a safety protection device for female college students; Sensiplicity Systems, lightweight, low-cost module IoT (Internet of Things) sensors for agriculture; Biological Solutions, biochar media for waste water remediation; FUEL, sensors to collect carbon credit data for wood stoves; Bird Bus Decoy, waterfowl hunting decoy carry packs; and Coastal Conditions, predictive technology for surf conditions. 
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Launch Stage. Launch clients and alumni will give seven-minute pitches, followed by a short awards ceremony. Companies include: JULVIA Technologies, cost-effective wound closure devices; Hytchr, blockchain technology for photographers and large brands; Seiji’s Bridge, autism spectrum disorder products; and eChemion, improved efficiency and efficacy of large battery storage containers.

Attendees are invited to attend a reception following the Launch Stage. The event is free and open to the public but space is limited and attendees should RSVP online: http://bit.ly/2pDjAV5. The HP campus is located at 1110 N.E. Circle Blvd; attendees are asked to park in the northeast lot, behind the building.

This spring’s showcase falls in the middle of a three-day entrepreneurial event in Corvallis coordinated by the OSU Advantage Accelerator/RAIN Corvallis; Willamette Innovators Network (WIN); and the Willamette Angels Conference.

The events include a pub talk presented by WIN at 6 p.m. May 9 at 101 Eat and Drink in Corvallis. For more information and to obtain tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/2qqdoCP. The three-day series concludes May 11 with the 2017 Willamette Angels Conference at the Whiteside Theater. For more information on the conference or to register, visit: http://bit.ly/2qCizw4.

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Mark Lieberman, 541-368-5203, mark.lieberman@oregonstate.edu

OSU to celebrate its 25th repair fair

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Volunteers will repair broken items for free at the Oregon State University Spring Repair Fair on Wednesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Located at the OSUsed Store at the edge of OSU’s campus, volunteers savvy in a variety of D.I.Y. (do it yourself) and fix-it skills will offer their time and knowledge to teach others how to repair their belongings during the fair.

This event marks the 25th time the event has been offered, with more than 670 repairs taking place during the fairs. Volunteers can help make repairs in the following categories: small appliances and electronics; bikes; clothing; computer diagnostics; housewares, including furniture and lamps; woodwind instruments; and jewelry.

In addition to free repairs, two D.I.Y. demonstrations will be available during each hour of the event. Demos from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. will include workshops on planting seed starts and creating reusable bags from T-shirts. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. demos will teach attendees about how to fix bike tire tubes and basics of tire repair, as well as fixing bras when the wire sticks through.

OSU’s waste-reduction volunteer club, the Waste Watchers, hosts the repair fairs. Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative jointly operate the club.

Full details for the event, including demos and repair skills, may be found at: http://tiny.cc/repair-fair

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Andrea Norris, 541-737-5398, andrea.norris@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.


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


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

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Native American Flute

Author Karen Russell to read at Oregon State University May 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author Karen Russell will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Russell is the author of two collections of short stories, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” and “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” and two novels, “Sleep Donation” and “Swamplandia!,” which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. 

Her short stories have been featured in The New Yorker, Oxford American, Conjunctions, Granta and Zoetrope, and three of her stories have been selected for volumes of “The Best American Short Stories.”

In 2009 Russell was named one of the “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and in 2010 she was included in The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list. She also won the 2011 Bard Fiction Prize and the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction. 

Russell holds a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Cullman Center, and the American Academy of Berlin, and in 2013 was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She has taught writing and literature at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Williams College, Bard College, Bryn Mawr College, and Rutgers University.

This reading is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu