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110 years of exceptional classical music in Corvallis

Dr. Marlan Carlson

Conducted by music director Marlan Carlson, the orchestra brings classical music from Bach to Bernstein to Corvallis. Distinguished local and visiting soloists are a regular feature of our concerts. Choral music, conducted by Steven Zielke, OSU director of choral studies, is a treasured part of the season.

The Symphony also helps to bring outstanding student musicians to OSU. These students, who major in everything from engineering to zoology, are excited to play in the orchestra.

Concerts are held in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium located at 26th Street and Western Boulevard on the OSU campus. Ample free parking is available. Wheelchair spaces are available on the main floor of the auditorium.

Concert programs are subject to change without notice.



Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra performs
Mahler's "Song of the Night" 
Symphony No. 7
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
7:30 PM
LaSells Stewart Center, OSU

Song of the Night
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
7:30 PM

Mahler: Symphony No. 7


LOBBY FAIR: The Symphony Society will host a lobby fair of local music organizations before the concert and during intermission.

RECEPTION: Community members and players are welcome to participate in a post-concert reception in the La Sells Stewart lobby designed to celebrate the close of the symphony’s 110th season. Drinks and dessert will be served.

In the words of Gustav Mahler, “a symphony must express the world.”  And indeed, in Maestro Carlson’s words, “this particular symphony represents the very apotheosis of those words.”  Of all of the Mahler symphonies which the Orchestra has presented over the last few years, (#s 1, 2, 5, and 6), Number Seven pushes both the orchestra and the audience to yet another level in its intensity and its complexity.  Because of the huge numbers of players required for a performance of this work, (over 130), few if any town/gown orchestras can even dream about such an undertaking.  Moreover, because of the forces required, very few professional orchestras can mount these larger symphonies of Mahler.  It’s a tribute to the community and the university that these stupendous symphonies can be heard live in this city. 

Concert programs are subject to change without notice.

Symphony tackles Mahler's 7th
May 18, 2016 • By James Day, Corvallis Gazette-Times

“It’s Mahler at his most ebullient and joyful. An outburst of optimism that is almost out of control. You usually don’t throw around the word 'festive' with Mahler, but this movement is so festive and happy,” says Maestro Marlan Carlson.

Carlson will use 110 players in Tuesday’s concert, down from the 130 who crowded the stage for the 6th. And he has so many horn players that he will rotate in a new set between the third and fourth movements like a sports coach sending in fresh reserves.

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Greenbelt Land Trust "Symphony on the Land" Poster

Greenbelt Land Trust "Symphony on the Land"
Sunday, June 12, 2016
5:00 to 6:30 PM
Bald Hill Farm

The fifth annual Symphony on the Land awaits you at Bald Hill Farm! Event sponsors Greenbelt Land Trust and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society invite you to come and enjoy the beautiful scenery and music with us at Bald Hill Farm. The event of the season! Bike, walk, or shuttle out to Bald Hill Farm where you will enjoy the pastoral setting. Bring a picnic to savor on the lawn, and enjoy wine/beer/snacks for sale!

* Symphony begins at 5pm - please try to arrive by 4:30 to get a good spot!
* Please note that dogs are not allowed at this event.

Tickets are available purchase at the event (cash, check, or card options will be available), or on-line HERE.

$20 for general public
$15 GLT Members and Student Rate
16 and under - Free!

TRANSPORTATION: Walking/biking map to venue can be found HERE.

SHUTTLE: Park at Fairgrounds (on 53rd St. near the large electric Fairgrounds sign)- Shuttles will leave Fairgrounds (starting at 4.00pm) every ~10 minutes to the Symphony site at Bald Hill Farm.

BICYCLE IN: Bicycle in! Free bicycle valet will be available on-site.

WALK IN: Park at Fairgrounds, Oak Creek Drive, or Reservoir Rd.

HANDICAPPED ACCESS: If you need handicapped access to the event, please email Jessica McDonald.

FOOD & WINE: Feel free to bring a picnic and your own beverage OR purchase wine/beer and food on site from vendors!

Beer: Mazama Brewing
Wine: Tyee Wine Cellars
Food: Burnheimer Meat Co.

Remember to bring a lawn chair, or blanket to sit on.

Questions? Contact Jessica McDonald 541.752.9609.
We look forward to seeing you out at Bald Hill Farm!

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Katie Smith CDs on Sale

Purchase the Katie Smith & David Servias CD

Katie Smith and David Servias released a CD just in time for the holidays. You can purchase one for $10. Simply e-mail Katie Smith or visit the Katie Smith & David Servias Facebook page for information.

Student Tickets

Up to three K-8 students accompanied by a ticketed adult,
and all high school and college students with ID, may be given free general admission tickets at the door starting one hour prior to the concert, subject to availability.

CAFA Tickets

Corvallis Arts for All

SNAP participants with an Oregon Trail Card may buy up to two general admission tickets for $5 each for any concert at the ticket counter one hour prior to the concert.


The LaSells Stewart Center features ample parking across the street in the Reser Stadium parking lot. The OSU Parking Garage, located on the corner of Washington Way and 26th Street,has approximately 1000 available parking spaces. Parking permits are *not* required during Symphony performances.


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