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Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society presents free Portland Youth Philharmonic concert Oct. 29

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Portland Youth Philharmonic will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

The Corvallis performance, part of a short tour by the Philharmonic to kick off the group's 94th season, is hosted by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society. The Philharmonic also will play in Roseburg.

The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; Antonín Dvořák’s “Hussite Overture”; and Frédéric Chopin’s second piano concerto with soloist Natalie Tan, winner of the Philharmonic’s 2016-17 Piano Concerto Competition.

The Portland Youth Philharmonic was founded in 1924 as America’s first youth orchestra. It supports two full symphony orchestras, a chamber orchestra, a wind ensemble and a string orchestra. Members range in age from 7 to 23, are accepted based on audition, are seated according to ability and come from 100 different schools throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.

“I am very pleased that PYP is returning to Corvallis,” Musical Director David Hattner said. “Dr. Marlan Carlson, OSU professor and music director of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony orchestra, has been kind enough to invite us for our third annual appearance. OSU probably has more PYP alumni in its student body than any other university.”

The concert is free but seating is reserved and tickets are required. For more information or to reserve a seat visit http://cosusymphony.org/. Accommodations relating to a disability may be made by calling 541-286-5580, preferably at least one week in advance.

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


Josh Espinoza, 503-223-5939, josh@portlandyouthphil.org

Writer Sarah Manguso to read at Oregon State University Nov. 3

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Poetry, fiction and nonfiction writer Sarah Manguso will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Manguso is the author of seven books, including the nonfiction works “300 Arguments,” “Ongoingness,” “The Guardians,” and “The Two Kinds of Decay”; the fiction work “Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape” and poetry “Siste Viator” and “The Captain Lands in Paradise.” 

She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship, and “The Two Kinds of Decay” was selected as an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Manguso’s poems have appeared in multiple editions of the Best American Poetry series, and her essays appear regularly in publications such as Harper’s, McSweeney’s, the Paris Review, The New York Review of Books and the New York Times Magazine. 

Manguso holds a master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she previously served as the Mary Routt Chair of Creative Writing at Scripps College in addition to teaching at Columbia University, the New School, New York University, the Pratt Institute, Princeton University and the Otis College of Arts and Design. She currently teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

This reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to OSU. The series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing 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

Traveling photo exhibit featuring iconic images of Bob Dylan to be displayed at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A photo exhibit featuring iconic images of Nobel Prize winner singer-songwriter Bob Dylan by photographer Daniel Kramer will be on display at Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery Oct. 26 through Nov. 30.

The exhibit, “Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer,” is curated by the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum® and documents Dylan’s metamorphosis from folk musician to rock and roll icon.

A reception and artist’s talk by Kramer will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1. OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli will also host a question-and-answer session with Kramer. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the talk at 7 p.m. in Room 128 of the Learning Innovation Center, 165 S.W. Sackett Pl., Corvallis.

The exhibit features more than three dozen photographs taken by Kramer for a year and a day during 1964 and 1965. This photographic “backstage view” of the singer-songwriter showcases key moments in Dylan’s musical career during one of the most dynamic periods of American history.

“These unique photographs by Daniel Kramer captured while working with Bob Dylan during one of the most pivotal moments of his career sheds a never-before-seen light on one of America’s greatest songwriters,” said Santelli, the museum’s founding executive director. “We first opened this exhibit in Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. Now, we are thrilled to showcase his work at Oregon State University.”

Kramer, a noted American music and portrait photographer, is a native of Brooklyn, New York. The self-educated photographer worked as an assistant to Philippe Halsman and Allan and Diane Arbus before gaining an international reputation of his own.

His 1967 book, “Bob Dylan” was critically acclaimed, as were the album covers he created for “Bringing It All Back Home,” “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Biograph.” Kramer’s photos have been shown or collected by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the International Center of Photography, the Whitney Museum of American Art and more.

Fairbanks Gallery is located on the floor of Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Arts Walk.

The gallery will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, for those on campus to attend the football game against Stanford. For more information, visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/art/fairbanksgallery.   



About the GRAMMY Museum: Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form — from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, "like" the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

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Crystal Larsen, 213-763-2133, clarsen@grammymuseum.org

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Bob Dylan; photo by Daniel Kramer

Bob Dylan

Photographer Richard Misrach to speak at OSU Oct. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Photographer Richard Misrach will speak at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

The talk, “Forty Years of Photography” will be held in Room 128 at the Learning Innovation Center (LInC), 165 S.W. Sackett Pl., Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held at 5 p.m. on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, located near the LInC building at 220 S.W. 26th St.

For four decades, Misrach has been a significant and influential photographer of the American landscape. Known as a pioneer of the 1970s renaissance of color photography and large scale presentation that are still practiced today, Misrach is also known for the monumental epic, “Desert Cantos,” a multifaceted study of people’s political, cultural and environmental relationship to the natural world.

In his talk, Misrach will provide a general overview of the last 40 years of work with an emphasis on several recent series. He will speak about Border Cantos, his collaboration with composer Guillermo Galindo, a major undertaking focusing on the U.S. - Mexico border, and his two current projects about the election.

Desert Canto XXXVIII: Premonitions (2009-2016) is comprised of previously unpublished work from the Barack Obama presidency that in hindsight suggests the atmosphere that led to the Trump election. Desert Canto XXXIX: The Writing On The Wall (2017-) is an election-engendered dialogue in graffiti form between various political factions, scribbled on abandoned buildings and remote landscapes throughout the desert Southwest. Selections from both projects are being debuted at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco in July 2018, but he will be presenting a larger group for the first time during his talk at OSU.

Misrach has had solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, among others, and his work is held in museum collections around the world.

Misrach’s talk is being presented in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators’ Northwest Regional Conference taking place on the OSU campus October 20-21. For more information on the Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Regional Conference, go to: https://www.spenational.org/conferences/illuminate-provoke-spe-nw-2017

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW and https://fraenkelgallery.com/artists/richard-misrach.

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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Richard Misrach

Richard Misrach

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$1 million NSF grant aids energy conservation research at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An Oregon State University researcher has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities Program to continue and expand her work on household energy conservation interventions.

The project will be led by Hilary Boudet, an assistant professor of sociology who studies climate change and energy in the School of Public Policy in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

The goal of the three-year grant is to teach children, young adults and their families the value and importance of reducing their energy use and to use technology and data visualization techniques from engineering to better track and understand individuals’ energy use and conservation efforts.

“This project combines child- and youth-targeted interventions with data on energy behavior using the latest in ‘smart’ technology to monitor daily household energy use,” Boudet said. “Children are a critical constituency for energy-saving programs. When they adopt energy-saving behaviors at an early age, they are more likely to continue those behaviors as they grow up and move into adulthood.”

The research team also includes Ram Rajagopal, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, and Mahnoosh Alizadeh, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara.

The researchers plan to tap into emerging technology, such as smart electrical meters and smart phone apps, to allow for a closer evaluation of participants’ energy use and highlight ways people may be able to conserve more.

“This will allow us to connect our intervention efforts to real energy data, so we can see where changes may be occurring,” Boudet said. “The level of detail we anticipate should give us new insights as to what works best to help people understand – and change – their own energy use.”

They also will test interventions designed to educate children, young adults and families about energy use and conservation; and determine whether the interventions and monitoring result in energy savings. Girl Scout troops, local high schools and a community college will participate in the project, named “Smart and Connected Kids for Sustainable Energy Communities.”

The program will be developed and tested in Fremont, California, where homes are already outfitted with “smart” electrical meters that closely monitor energy use and where researchers have an existing relationship with the Girl Scouts of Northern California. Other partners in the project include Chai Energy, the City of Fremont and Ohlone Community College. 

The project expands on Boudet’s previous energy intervention program, called Girls Learning Environment and Energy, or GLEE. In that project, Boudet and her team developed an energy conservation program for children that was tested with 30 Girl Scout troops and their parents in Northern California.

The children who participated in the program reported increases in energy-saving behaviors, such as turning off power strips at night and washing clothes in cold water, and the behavior continued for seven months after the trial program ended. They also found that the intervention had an effect on parents’ energy-saving behavior for more than eight months.

Boudet anticipates researchers will spend about a year refining the energy education program and developing evaluation procedures. The researchers will begin testing the program in the second year of the grant.

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Hilary Boudet, 541-737-5375, hilary.boudet@oregonstate.edu

XX Digitus Duo to perform Latin American-themed concert at OSU Oct. 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pianists María García and Momoko Muramatsu, performing together as the XX Digitus Duo, will visit Oregon State University for a Latin American-themed concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis.

García and Muramatsu have been friends and colleagues since their days at the New England Conservatory of Music. After embarking on successful individual careers, the pair joined forces in 2014 as the XX Digitus Duo (Twenty Fingers) to explore the four-hand repertoire for one or two pianos.

In addition to classical standards, the Portland-based duo specializes in works drawing on their shared Latin American heritage. García and Muramatsu are also committed to new music by living composers and have recently commissioned four-hand works from Ken Selden, Dag Gabrielsen and Charles Copeland.

Their Latin American-themed program at OSU will focus on music from Argentina, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries and includes narration entirely in Spanish and projected imagery.

Works include Juan Morel Campos’ “Danzas Puertorriqueñas,” “El Ciclón,” “Noche Deliciosa,” and “La Traviesa”; “Se Equivocó la Paloma” by Carlos Guastavino; Suzette Ortiz’s “Variaciones sobre un tema popular”; Arturo Marquéz’s “Danzón No. 2”; “Confidencias” by Ernesto Nazareth; Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico-tico no Fubá”; “El Choclo” by Villoldo/Yamamoto/XX Digitus; “El Día que me quieras” by Gardel/Yamamoto; and “Escuálo” by Astor Piazzolla/Yamamoto.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, visit corvallispiano.org. Accommodations relating to a disability may be requested by calling 541-758-0036, preferably at least one week in advance.


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

Fiction writers Watterson, Shum to read at OSU Oct. 13

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fiction writers and Oregon State University alumni Jaclyn Watterson and Michael Shou-Yung Shum will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Watterson’s short story collection, “Ventriloquisms,” won the 2016 Spokane Prize in Short Fiction, and will be published this month by Willow Springs Books/Eastern Washington University. She earned her master of fine arts in creative writing at OSU and her doctorate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. 

Watterson’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including New Delta Review, The Spectacle, Puerto del Sol, North Dakota Quarterly and Birkensnake.

Shum is the author of the 2017 novel, “Queen of Spades,” based on his own experiences as a poker dealer.  He holds an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University, a doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University and a doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee. 

His work has appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, Midwestern Gothic, Barrelhouse, Bartleby Snopes and many other publications.

The reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing 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. Withycombe Hall is located at 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

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

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents photo exhibition, ‘Spectacle,’ Oct. 2-21

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Spectacle,” an exhibition of photographs by artists Nicole Jean Hill and Alexis Pike, will run Oct. 2 through Oct. 21 in Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

“Spectacle” was organized by Julia Bradshaw, assistant professor of photography and new media at OSU. It is being presented in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators’ Northwest Regional Conference taking place on the OSU campus October 20-21.

Photographing traditionally masculine activities that take place in communities near their homes, Hill and Pike explore themes of spectacle, masculinity, image and risk. They direct their lenses to performers and their spectators, and the moments of introspection and exultation that take place before, after and during an event.

Based in Humboldt County, California, Hill photographs mixed martial arts events that take place in the casinos and tribal lands in Northern California. In gaining the trust of trainers and fighters, Hill has created a photo series that offers a distinct visual narrative of this male-dominated sport from the point of view of a female photographer.

“I am constantly aware of these formulaic images of masculinity,” said Hill. “I equally embrace the show-worthy tough man alongside the seemingly vulnerable moments when they become lost in themselves –from adrenaline, exhaustion, fear or relief.”

Pike is an associate professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman. Her photographs are from the project “Color Me Lucky,” and are inspired by American daredevil Evel Knievel.

She explores the spectacle of the men and women who compete in daredevil showmanship events during the Evel Knievel Days festival in Butte, Montana. The photos depict the calculated recklessness of daredevil events alongside small details of Americana.

“I’m interested in what attracts a woman or a man to act on or to witness risky behavior for the sake of a thrill,” Pike said.

Fairbanks Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 for the Corvallis Art Walk. The gallery will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. For more information on the Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Regional Conference, go to: https://www.spenational.org/conferences/illuminate-provoke-spe-nw-2017

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Julia Bradshaw, 541-737-5014 or julia.bradshaw@oregonstate.edu

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Evel's Chest Hair, Las Vegas, NV (2015), photograph by Alexis Pike

Evel's Chest Hair

Australian, photograph by Nicole Jean Hill


U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra to perform at OSU Oct. 6

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The United States Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

The performance, hosted by the OSU School of Arts and Communication, is free of charge and open to the public; no tickets are required.

First formed in 2008, the U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra brings together the finest jazz musicians from all U.S. Marine Corps Field Bands, The President’s Own Marine Band and The Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corps.

The 20-piece big band is considered the top jazz ensemble of the corps. Notable performances have included dates at the Lincoln Center for Jazz in New York City, the famed Monterey Jazz Festival and tour stops throughout the United States at universities and conferences.  

For more information or to request accommodations relating to a disability, please call OSU Music Events at 541-737-4671, preferably with at least 72 hours advance notice. 


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

Renowned banjo player Tony Trischka to perform in Corvallis Oct. 11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts will present “An Evening with Tony Trischka,” a performance and question-and-answer session with the banjo player, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

Trischka’s appearance is the first in the College of Liberal Arts’ “American Strings Series,” which celebrates America’s longstanding love for stringed instruments and roots music. The series was created by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and music historian Bob Santelli, and is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Arts and Communication and the GRAMMY Museum. 

Trischka is a sought-after teacher, producer and recording artist. He has collaborated with Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, Bill Evans and many more. He has created 15 instructional books as well as a series of DVDs. In 2009, he launched the Tony Trischka School of Banjo, an advanced, interactive, online instructional site that is the banjo home for students around the world.

In 1984, Trischka performed in his first feature film, “Foxfire,” with Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and John Denver. Three years later, he worked on the pre-recorded music for the off-Broadway production of “Driving Miss Daisy” that featured Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.

In December 2012, Trishchka was awarded the United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of the excellence of his work.

Trishcka’s latest album, “Great Big World,” showcases his far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills. To date Trischka has released nearly two dozen albums, as a solo artist and collaborator.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. For additional information about the series or to purchase tickets, visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/american-strings-concert-series-evening-tony-trischka. The Majestic Theatre is located at 115 S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis.

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Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797