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Oregon State University Opera Workshop presents scenes from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Opera Workshop will present “An Evening of Opera,” Tuesday, Nov. 24, in OSU’s new Learning Innovation Center.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in LInC Room 128, 165 S.W. Sackett Place, Corvallis.

The program will be Acts I and II of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” sung in English and set in a 1950s “Mad Men” era theme. The storyline involves Figaro, his fiancée, his boss, and a wedding day love triangle that makes his life complicated.

The performance is directed and designed by Marc Callahan, visiting professor of opera and voice. Oregon State student Anna Patch is the assistant director. Music is directed by David Servias. The costume and set crew is comprised of Callahan and Patch with assistance from DeMara Cabrera, Alec Zinsli, Ken Richardson, Kathi Halloran and Taylor Siling.

The role of Figaro will be sung by Mason Cooper. The role of Susanna will be shared by Emma Nissen, Logan Stewart, Carolyn Poutasse, Jenna Skarphol and Taylor Siling. Other roles are: Bartolo by Jeramie Gajan; Marcellina by Larissa Zens and Diana Alarcon; Cherubino by Blair Bowmer, Anna Patch and Sara Engle; Count by David Zielke; Countess by Clarissa Clark and Grace Weaver; Antonio by Taylor Fahlman; and Basilio by Michael Ripp and Alex Weingarten.

Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door, with open seating. Advance tickets may be purchased online at TicketTomato.com. OSU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID card. Tickets will be sold at the Learning Innovation Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the performance.

OSU Opera Workshop is a participant in Corvallis Arts for All, a program which offers up to two tickets for $5 each to participants in the SNAP Program with a valid Oregon Trail Card. 

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

Violinist Frank Almond to perform with Lipinski Stradivarius Nov. 17 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Concert violinist, recording artist and Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond will perform at Oregon State University on Tuesday, Nov.17.

Almond will perform with OSU music professor and pianist Rachelle McCabe in a concert to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his rare and celebrated instrument, a 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street.

The concert is part of the new SAC Presents performing arts series sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication at OSU.

Almond made international headlines when his Stradivarius was stolen in an armed robbery following a concert in January 2014. The violin was recovered nine days later, and the story was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC World Service, and Vanity Fair, among others.

Almond and McCabe will perform some of the works from his Avie label recording “A Violin’s Life.” The recording was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign and debuted on the Billboard Top Ten Classical chart in its first week of release.

The program includes the Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano by César Franck, considered a classic in the violin and piano sonata repertoire and probably Franck’s best-known composition. Also on the program is Bach’s Ciaccona from the Partita No. 2 in D minor, BMV 1004.

Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He is a former concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and has been a guest concertmaster with the London Philharmonic. He is an active solo and chamber musician, performing in the U.S. and abroad.

McCabe appears frequently as a solo recitalist and chamber musician and has performed in the U.S., Canada, Southeast Asia and England. At Oregon State, McCabe directs the piano program and is the artistic director of Corvallis-OSU Piano International and its Steinway Recital Series.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door for general admission; and $20 in advance, $23 at the door for seniors, youth and non-OSU college students. OSU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID card. Advance tickets are available at Gracewinds Music and online at TicketTomato.com. Any remaining tickets will be sold at The LaSells Stewart Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the show.

SAC Presents is a participant in Corvallis Arts for All, a program which offers up to two tickets for $5 each to participants in the SNAP Program with a valid Oregon Trail Card. The tickets may be purchased at The LaSells Stewart Center the night of the concert.

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

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OSU Theatre opens 2015-16 season with ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in November

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s 2015-16 season will begin this month with a production of William Shakespeare’s enduring tale of young love, “Romeo and Juliet.” 

Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-20 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

OSU theater arts professor George Caldwell is directing the familiar tale of star-crossed lovers, which is set at the height of the 19th-century Romantic era and will feature elegant costumes and exciting swordplay.

The cast features OSU students Kolby Baethke as Paris; Daniel Barber as Mercutio; Cheyenne Dickey as a vendor;  Robert Best as Lord Montague; Dakota Carter as a Montague; Ruth Drake as a vendor; Erick Harris as Samson; Nick Diaz-Hui as Tybalt; Lindsey Esch as Lady Montague; Sedona Garcia as Benvolia; Anahelena Goodman-Flood as a friend; Brian Greer as Romeo; Alex Herrington as Rosaline; Emerson Hovekamp as a Capulet;  Jade Kasbohm as a local; Sidney King as the apothecary; Hunter Leishman as Abraham; Annie Parham as Juliet; Nate Pereira as a Capulet servant; Chase Pixley as a Capulet; Emily Upton as the nurse; Steve Walter as a Montague; and Cory Warren as the Prince.

Also featured are community actors Rick Wallace as Lord Capulet; Diana Jepsen as Lady Capulet; and Craig Currier as Friar Lawrence.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the first production of the 2015-16 OSU Theatre season, “All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Shakespeare,” and will feature a collection of plays inspired by Shakespeare. The season is being dedicated to the memory of C.V. “Ben” Bennett, a long-time OSU faculty member who died this summer. During his career, Bennett worked in technical theater, as a director, as coordinator of the University Theatre and as chair of the Department of Speech Communication at OSU.

Other productions planned for the season include Cole Porter’s jazzy musical, “Kiss Me Kate,” Paula Vogel’s “Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief,” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” 

Tickets for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ are $12; $10 for seniors; $8 youth/student; and $5 for OSU students. They can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ or by calling the box office at 541-737-2784. Accommodations for disabilities and group ticket sales may also be arranged through the box office.

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Elizabeth Helman, Elizabeth.Helman@oregonstate.edu

 

Panelists to discuss Iran nuclear deal Nov. 5 at Oregon State

Oregon State University faculty and other experts will discuss the latest news and information about the nuclear deal with Iran beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Valley Library on campus.

The event is an opportunity to explore the historical roots of the accord, consider its impact on war and peace, and discuss central issues related to non-proliferation and related international relations issues.

It is sponsored by OSU’s Citizenship and Crisis initiative, directed by history professor Christopher McKnight Nichols. The discussion will be moderated by event co-organizer Jacob Hamblin, professor of the history of science and director of environmental arts and humanities at OSU. Panelists include:

  • Nichols, who also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations;
  • Jonathan Katz, a history professor whose research has focused on Iranian history and Islamic political theory;
  • Linda Richards, instructor in the history of science, whose research has focused on issues related to human rights and the history of nuclear technologies;
  • Mark Schanfein, senior proliferation adviser at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and former employee of the International Atomic Energy Agency;
  • Susan Voss, nuclear engineer, president of Global Nuclear Network Analysis, a consulting firm, and former employee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The discussion will be held in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in the library, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

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Christopher McKnight Nichols, 541-737-8910, Christopher.nichols@oregonstate.edu

‘Contemporary Japanese Prints’ exhibit opens Nov. 9 at Fairbanks Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Contemporary Japanese Prints,” an exhibit exploring the Japanese aesthetic, will be on display Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 19, with a gallery talk by OSU art professor Yuji Hiratsuka at 5 p.m.

“Contemporary Japanese Prints” explores the distinctive and influential Japanese aesthetic. A driving force behind this aesthetic is Japan’s appreciation of technical skill and craftsmanship. From fashion to fine art, the physical artifacts of Japanese culture reflect this dedication to creating precious and precise art and design, exhibit organizers say.

This dedication is well-suited to printmaking, a medium where the tools, workshop, esoteric details and variety of techniques make it an art form which is process-driven. The work in this exhibition embodies both superb technical ability and the alluring Japanese aesthetic.

The artists represented in the exhibit are from all stages in their careers. Yukio Fukazawa is a 91-year-old graphic master, while Fumiko Suzuki is a 27-year-old recent graduate of art school. She is producing hand-drawn stone lithographs; her images are that of her contemporary female artists in Tokyo portrayed in intimate self-reflection.

Keisuke Yamamoto, Tomuyuki Sakuta, Sohee Kim, Azumi Takeda and Ryohei Tanaka are among the other artists featured in the exhibit.

This exhibit was curated by Miranda K. Metcalf, director of contemporary works of paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. Metcalf traveled to Tokyo in September 2014 to research and prepare the exhibition.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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Douglas Russell, 541-737-5009, or drussell@oregonstate.edu

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“Perhaps” by Fumiko Suzuki

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“Golden Seven” by Hikari Hirose

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“A Frozen Passage” by Yukio Fukazama

 

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OSU’s Giustina Gallery to present “Life & Death” exhibit

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new art exhibit at Oregon State University’s Giustina Gallery will celebrate the eighth biennial photography show, “Life & Death,” from Nov. 3 through Dec. 11.

The gallery is located in The LaSells Stewart Center. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information on the gallery visit:http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery.

A public art reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4. 

The Life & Death exhibit is presented by the Willamette PhotoArts Guild in honor of Rosie Saraga, a member who died in 2013 after a prolonged illness. The group is comprised of more than 40 photographers from around the mid-valley. For this year’s theme, 25 photographers will present their interpretations of life and death.

“Photography is very personal for most of us,” said Dan Wise, a member of the guild and owner of Wise Photo Printing. Wise added that he believes these images “serve as reminders of moments in time” that might have otherwise been forgotten.

“I think this is going to be a very complex and thought-invoking exhibit,” said Tina Green-Price, curator for Giustina Gallery. “I am really looking forward to what they will present.”

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Tina Green-Price, 541-737-2402; tina.green-price@oregonstate.edu

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Novelist T. Geronimo Johnson to read at Oregon State Nov. 5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author T. Geronimo Johnson will give a free public reading beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Valley Library rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Johnson is the author of “Hold it ‘Til it Hurts,” a PEN/Faulkner finalist. His most recent book, “Welcome to Braggsville,” was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

“Welcome to Braggsville” is a provocative comedy about four liberal University of California, Berkeley students who stage a mock lynching during a Civil War reenactment. It was named one of the 10 books all Georgians should read by the Georgia Center for the Book, and was recommended by UC Berkeley as summer reading for incoming undergraduates.

The Washington Post hailed the book, describing it as: “The most dazzling, most unsettling, most oh-my-God-listen-up novel you’ll read this year.”

Johnson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He is a founding and core faculty member in the OSU-Cascades low-residency creative writing program, teaching fiction. He also has taught writing at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The Prague Summer Program, San Quentin and elsewhere. 

The reading is part of the 2015-16 Visiting Writers Series at Oregon State, which is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing 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 Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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

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Strand Agriculture Hall re-opens after seismic, accessibility remodel

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Strand Agriculture Hall is celebrating its re-opening after a two-year, extensive remodeling project.

The event will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m., beginning at the West Portico Entrance that faces the Memorial Union Quad. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by tours.

The building was originally completed in three phases, beginning in 1909 and finishing in 1913. At the time of its completion it was the largest building on campus, and over the years it has housed many different departments, but always with agriculture as its primary emphasis.

The 115,000 square-foot classroom and office building has undergone a major transformation, including extensive seismic and energy upgrades and dramatic improvements to building accessibility. Hoffman Construction was responsible for the work, which was designed by Henneberry Eddy Architects. The $24.9 million project was funded through a combination of bonds and State Energy Loan Program funds.

The building contains 16 general purpose classrooms and houses the dean’s office of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Dean Dan Arp will be one of the presenters at the re-opening celebration.

“It’s a thrill to see this building restored and renewed far beyond its former glory,” Arp said. “Strand Ag Hall is now an open, accessible space; it’s a seismically safe place; and it’s a beautiful space to invite people to explore agricultural sciences.”

Previously, Strand was known as one of the least accessible buildings on the Corvallis campus, but upgrades have now made it one of the most accessible, including creating four accessible entrances, an elevator that now reaches the fourth floor, fully accessible restrooms and upgrades to signage. Architects included shallow walkways on the exterior and interior ramps to make the entrances accessible, as well as a porch and ramps on the access point facing the Memorial Union, the most heavily trafficked student building on campus.

"The building truly showcases that when accessibility is considered throughout a project, the results are seamless," said Gabriel Merrell, OSU associate director of Diversity, Community Engagement, and Accessibility and deputy ADA coordinator. "The features blend into the building – they are almost non-apparent. Contrast this with the former design where a big concrete ramp was introduced into a former window well, prominently segregating access into a separate entrance."

Larry Landis, director of Special Collections and Archives Research Center at OSU, said Strand is unique in that it’s housed the College of Agricultural Sciences, in one form or another, throughout its history.

“There aren’t many colleges that can say they were located in the same building for the last 100 years,” Landis said.

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Dan Arp, 541-737-2331; dan.j.arp@oregonstate.edu

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Top Oregon family businesses to be honored at Nov. 19 event

PORTLAND, Ore. – Several Oregon family businesses will be honored at the 2015 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. 

Shobi Dahl, co-founder of Dave’s Killer Bread, will speak at the event, which is sponsored by Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program. Nik Blosser, chairman of Sokol Blosser Winery and CEO of Celilo Group Media, will emcee.

“After 30 years of family business education at Oregon State we continue to meet new and inspiring families running successful businesses in our communities,” said Sherri Noxel, director of the Austin Family Business Program. 

Founded in 1985, the Austin Family Business Program  provides inspiration, education, outreach and research to support family businesses.

The Excellence in Family Business Awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in entrepreneurship, community involvement and multigenerational planning. More than 200 companies have been honored since the awards began in 1988. 

This year’s awards feature new categories that reflect sound family business practices. Honorees are:

  • Family Harmony: Roe Motors of Grants Pass. Finalists in the category included Lee Farms of Tualatin and Nicholas Restaurant, which has three locations in the Portland area.
  • Generational Development: David H. Sutherland & Co., Inc. Finalists include Hagan Hamilton Insurance, McMinnville, and Newberg Steel & Fabrication, Inc.
  • Business Renewal: Rose City Label Company, Portland. Hillsboro Implants & Periodontics was also a finalist in the category.
  • Student Award: Mackenzie Day of Estacada, Day Wireless Reliance Connects.

The event will also feature the designation of Oregon’s Oldest Family Business, which will be recognized and announced with the Dean’s Family Business Leadership Award.

The event begins with a reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the program at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the reception alone, $90 for the reception and dinner, or $25 for children ages 3-10. The Sentinel Hotel is at 614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland.

To reserve a seat, register online at http://bit.ly/1yVW32k or contact Melissa Elmore at Melissa.elmore@bus.oregonstate.edu or 1-800-859-7609. The deadline to register is Nov. 6.

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Sherri Noxel, 541-737-6019, Sherri.noxel@bus.oregonstate.edu

OSU to honor alumni as part of Homecoming

CORVALLIS, Ore. – As part of its Homecoming festivities, the Oregon State University Alumni Association will honor six alumni fellows and one distinguished young alumna at a celebration on Friday, Oct. 23, beginning at 5 p.m., at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the OSU campus.

The 2015 alumni fellows, and the OSU colleges they represent, are:

  • Laura Anderson, a 2000 graduate representing the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. The Newport resident is president and owner of Local Ocean Seafoods, and is a consultant in marine resources management.
  • Penny Reher, a 1982 graduate representing the College of Pharmacy. She lives in Corvallis and is chief pharmacy officer for Samaritan Health Services.
  • Tom Skoro, a 1981 graduate representing the College of Engineering. He lives in Vancouver, Washington, and is senior vice president of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc.
  • Tom Toomey, a 1982 graduate representing the College of Business. He lives in Evergreen, Colorado, and is CEO of UDR, a multifamily real estate investment trust.
  • Dave Underriner, a 1981 graduate of the College of Forestry, representing the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He lives in West Linn and is Oregon regional chief executive for Providence Health & Services.
  • Mary Carlin Yates, a 1968 graduate representing the College of Liberal Arts. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, is a former U.S. ambassador to Ghana and has received appointments from three U.S. presidents.

The 2015 Young Alumni Award recipient is D'Anna Foster, a 2009 graduate representing the College of Business, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, the University Honors College and the OSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. A former star Beaver gymnast (as D’Anna Piro), she lives in Portland and is manager of Direct to Consumer Strategy at Nike. 

A social and program to honor the recipients begins at 5 p.m., Oct. 23. Tickets are $30 for OSUAA members, $35 for nonmembers and $15 for students

To register or find more information on the awards event, or to learn more about other Homecoming events, visit osualum.com/homecoming or call, toll-free, 877-OSTATER (877-678-2837).

The OSUAA established the alumni fellows program in 1988 to help OSU colleges recognize their eminent alumni. Honorees have distinguished themselves in their professions and communities. The young alumni award was established in 2006 to recognize alumni 35 or younger whose exceptional achievements have brought credit to the university.

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Kate Sanders, 541-737-6220

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Julie Schwartz: 541-737-7916