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Concerts

Season ticket subscriptions are available for sale starting June 15, 2018 (buy tickets now). Tickets for individual concerts will be available September 15, 2018. All concerts are performed in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University Campus. Ample free parking is conveniently available near the concert venue. Concert programs are subject to change without notice. For accommodations for disabilities, contact Nancy Currans, 541.286.5580

Pre-Season Concerts
Thursday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m.
STARS OF THE ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS
Free and open to the public
Students from the orchestra audition for the “Stars of the Orchestra” Concert in February

Sunday, October 28, at 3:00 p.m.
PORTLAND YOUTH PHILHARMONIC
David Hattner, Conductor
A special, pre-season concert; all seats $5
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Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) will premier its season with a concert featuring the Far West Suite from American Scenes by William Grant Still, one of America’s most renowned African-American composers. Also on the program is the winner of PYP’s annual solo competition. The Sixth Symphony of Antonin Dvorak will conclude the afternoon’s program. This free concert marks the fourth visit to Corvallis by one of the nation’s most outstanding youth orchestras. It is also the principal pre-college youth orchestra from which our own Symphony draws many, many students.


Season Concerts

Sunday, November 18, at 3:00 p.m.
BERNSTEIN 100
Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium) (1954)
with Jessica Lambert, violin
Nielsen: Symphony No. 5 (1922)
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Jessica Lambert, the Orchestra’s concertmaster, will be featured in Bernstein’s rarely heard work for violin and orchestra, the Serenade for Violin and Orchestra (after Plato’s Symposium.)  The five movements are entitled with literary references, namely Phaedrus, Aristophanes, Eriximachus, Agathon and Socrates.

In the second half of the program, the orchestra will present Carl Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony.  Nielsen began work on this symphony shortly after the conclusion of World War I, and many critics are of the opinion that the dramatic, sometimes strident nature of this work reflects his own tormented reactions to the carnage of that war.  Of particular interest is the unusually prominent role of the snare drum, including an extended cadenza that may be the most complex and dominating of just about any work in the standard repertoire.

Friday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m.
HOLIDAY CONCERT
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (1965)
with OSU Choirs
Holiday Favorites
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In a second concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the Orchestra and the OSU Chamber Choir will present his Chichester Psalms.  The program will also include other traditional offerings such as the traditional Sing-along, selected short orchestral pieces, specialty numbers by the OSU Men’s and Women’s choirs and a Viennese lollipop or two. 

Sunday, February 24, at 3:00 p.m.
STARS OF THE ORCHESTRA
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring (1913)
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Featuring the winners of the student soloist competition and the 20th Century’s all-time symphonic icon, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.  Premiered in Paris 106 years ago, the “Rite” remains to this day as “revolutionary and fresh as if it had been composed yesterday,” according to Maestro Carlson.  The scoring requires a huge orchestra of virtuoso players, including oddly enough, two Wagner tubas that Corvallis audiences are most accustomed to hearing in Bruckner and Mahler symphonies. To open the program, three or four of the Orchestra’s outstanding students who were winners in the October 25th auditions will be featured in solos and concertos of their choice.

Monday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m.
I HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH THE WORLD
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (1909)
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Gustav Mahler began work on the gigantic 9th symphony in 1908 at the very time when he began his first season as director of the New York Philharmonic.  The next year he took on directorship of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.  Although he had been warned repeatedly by his doctors that his frenetic work schedule could easily kill him, his temperament would not allow him to follow such advice.  Before the end of his second season in New York, he collapsed.  He conducted his last concert there in February of 1911, thereupon returning to Vienna where he died in May.  This last completed symphony of Mahler confronts death with a certain grim determination while at the same time expressing utter emotional exhaustion.  This performance is the seventh in the Mahler symphony cycle which has occupied the orchestra for the past decade.   


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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 (CAFA)

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, subject to availability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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