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Welcome to our 109th season!

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.

This season, our subscription concerts have themes. Highlights this season include works by American composers Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Shostakovich, and a moving contemporary choral work, To Be Certain of the Dawn.

Our soloists are pianist Alexander Tutunov and two of our own players, concertmaster Jessica Lambert and cellist Anne Ridlington.

We believe that whether you are a returning patron, or will be hearing the Corvallis-OSU Symphony for the first time, you will be impressed. With its unique alliance of the University and the City, we are proud to say that the Corvallis-OSU Symphony is your orchestra.

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Corvallis-OSU Symphony to perform acclaimed Holocaust memorial oratorio
Oregon Jewish Life, January 2015

January 2015  •  By Polina Olsen, Oregon Jewish Life

It starts with three blasts of the shofar and moves on to the prayer, Sh’ma Yisrael. Then the oratorio, “To Be Certain of the Dawn,” sets the theme Love Your Neighbor as Yourself to beautiful music with an orchestra, adult choir, children’s choir and four soloists
including a cantor.

The performance on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 7:30 pm at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus will bring composer Stephen Paulus’ haunting piece to Oregon for the first time.

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OSU Symphony set for patriotic program of American Music
Cellist Anne Ridlington poses with her instrument in her home studio. (Jesse Skoubo | The E)

November 20-27  •  JAMES DAY The E

Sunday’s concert features an arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner by Igor Stravinsky, a Russian who emigrated here and became a citizen in 1945.

Also on the program, whose compositions Carlson calls “historical documents,” is the rarely-performed Concerto for Piano by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Both pieces will feature pianist and longtime Carlson collaborator Alexander Tutunov.

The centerpiece of the program is Copland’s Symphony No. 3, which has sparked some interesting detective work on the part of Carlson. "This symphony is so American. I think of it in the very best and noblest sense of American patriotism.”
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Symphony season opener features Haydn, cellist Anne Ridlington
Cellist Anne Ridlington poses with her instrument in her home studio. (Jesse Skoubo | The E)

October 16, 2014 2:06 pm  •  By Mike McInally, The E

Here’s why Marlan Carlson, the music director of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, thinks Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major is a good fit for Anne Ridlington, the featured soloist when the symphony opens its season next week:

“It fits her personality,” Carlson said of Ridlington. “She has that personality that is quite nervy, a little bit quirky,” he said.

And technical skill doesn’t hurt, either: “You have to have tremendous technical facility to play this piece.”

Ridlington agrees with Carlson’s assessment: “I’ll take ’nervy.’ I’ll take that,” she said during an interview this week in her Corvallis studio. Read the rest of the story »

Students put on classical symphony orchestra
OSU Daily Barometer Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:51 pm | Updated: 9:31 pm, Tue Oct 21, 2014 • By Chris Correll
Photo by Nicki Silva

Corvallis-OSU Orchestra will open 109th season with symphony celebrating influential classical composers

Oregon State University’s student orchestra is playing their first show of the fall Wednesday, Oct. 22 in LaSells Stewart Center. Their performance will feature some of the most famous works of legendary composers Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven compiled as a symphony. It’s an opportunity for music enthusiasts and newcomers alike to experience a diverse collection of classical pieces.

“A lot of students go to these concerts, and they’ve never heard an orchestra play before,” Carlson said. “There’s just the general sense that a university is a cultural institution, and it needs to have opportunities for people to explore the greater cultural world than what they might not have done otherwise.” Read the rest of the story »

Season Concerts & Events

WED., OCT. 22, 2014 | 7:30 PM

SUN., NOV. 23, 2014 | 3:00 PM


SUN., DEC. 7, 2014 | 3:00 PM

THURS., JAN. 29, 2015 | 7:30 PM

WED., FEB. 25, 2015 | 7:30 PM

TUES., MAY 19, 2015 | 7:30 PM

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, available at the ticket counter one hour prior to the concert.

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