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Welcome to our 108th season!

Dr. Marlan Carlson

Welcome to the 108th season of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, featuring an 80-member orchestra drawn from Oregon State University students and faculty, community members, and professional musicians, and led by music director and OSU music professor, Dr. Marlan Carlson.

Since its inception in 1906, our orchestra has been a central component of the performing arts program in the Willamette Valley and a major contributor to the vibrant cultural life in our region. Concerts feature musical works both familiar and challenging, and frequently highlight soloists of local or international renown.

Choral music is often included, under the direction of Dr. Steven Zielke, director of choral studies at OSU. Special programs for children and families compliment the season's program of classical orchestral music.

Our 2013-2014 season will hold many exciting and memorable musical experiences. Share it with us as a regular or occasional concert attendee.


Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents Mahler's Sixth Symphony

Mahler's Sixth

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
8:00 PM
LaSells Stewart Center, OSU

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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Mahler’s Sixth (1905) takes the classical four movement structure of the symphony established by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and expands it to unprecedented length (about 80 minutes).  The vast final movement alone is longer than most symphonies by the Viennese masters.  Within this enormous structure Mahler pours music of extremes.  There are grim, relentless marches, soaring themes of unbridled optimism, one of his most beautiful, heartfelt slow movements, and in the end three crushing hammer blows that annihilate any hope of serenity.

The Fifth, which the Symphony performed last season, ends with joyous counterpoint celebrating life.  The Seventh similarly takes us from darkness to light and ends with Mahler’s most riotous finale.  But the Sixth, while it contains much music of incredible beauty, ends tragically.  Mahler being Mahler, he wrote this most tragic of all his symphonies when things were going well.  He must have had a premonition, because shortly after he completed the Sixth, things started to fall apart for him.  But the Sixth, despite its uncompromising confrontation with life, has to be esteemed as one of the two or three greatest of all his symphonies.  Perhaps only the magnificent Ninth, the summation of his art, equals the great Sixth.  It’s a long musical journey, but an unforgettable experience.

Concert notes by Chris Rochester

Season Concerts & Events

THURS., OCT. 10, 2013 | 7:30 PM

SUN., OCT. 27, 2013 | 3:00 PM


SUN., NOV. 17, 2013 | 3:00 PM

SUN., DEC. 8, 2013 | 3:00 PM

SUN., MAR. 2, 2014 | 3:00 PM

TUES., MAY 20, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Student Tickets

For regular season concerts, up to three K-8 students accompanied by a ticketed adult, and 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.

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Corvallis Arts for All

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony participates in Corvallis Arts for All, a program of the Corvallis Arts and Culture Commission. SNAP
participants with an Oregon Trail Card may buy up to two general admission tickets for $5 each at the ticket office, beginning one hour before 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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