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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 Exceptional Classical Music in Corvallis

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Marlan Carlson, OSU Endowed Chair for University Orchestras, is a highly-regarded, 110-member ensemble performing five major concerts each season plus an annual children's concert. High-profile soloists complement the musical artistry of students, faculty, and professional musicians from Portland, Salem, Eugene, and Corvallis. Choral music conducted by Steven Zielke, OSU Director of Choral Studies, is a treasured part of each holiday season.

The Symphony is part of a talented and creative community at the Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication that challenges students to develop the skills to become successful musicians and professional educators. The Symphony also attracts many students who excel in engineering and sciences and wish to pursue their passion for classical music while conducting research alongside OSU's renowned scientists.

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, City, and the region, we are proud to say that the Corvallis-OSU Symphony is your orchestra.

Concerts are performed in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium on the Oregon State University Campus. Ample free parking is available. Wheelchair access is available on the main floor of the auditorium.


2016–2017 Concert Season

Season tickets, Flex Pass tickets, and indidual concert tickets are on sale now. Concert programs are subject to change without notice. For accommodations for disabilities, contact Nancy Currans, 541.286.5580.

Click to view poster for the Corvallis-OSU Symphony "Music Transcendent" concert, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Music Transcendent
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017
7:30 PM

Debussy: La Mer
R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten Suite
Wagner: Scenes from Götterdämmerung

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra May 23 Concert Program, "Music Transcendent"

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Follow this link to purchase reserved seat tickets to the Corvallis-OSU Symphony "Music Transcendent" concert.

The music of archetypical French composer, Claude Debussy, and the music of archetypical German composers, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, will be the highlights of this final program of the season. 

To open the program, the Orchestra will present Debussy’s evocative set of symphonic sketches, La Mer.  Like many French “Impressionistic” painters around the turn of the century, Debussy was captivated by nature in all its glorious and ever-changing transcendence. For Maestro Carlson, La Mer represents the very epitome of Impressionism in music. 

In contrast to this French masterpiece, the Orchestra will also present operatic extracts from the Germanic repertoire. Die Frau ohne Schatten Fantasy (The Woman without a Shadow) was extracted by Strauss from his opera by the same name. This Fantasy is not a readily accessible score, but in every respect it is typically Straussian.

To close the program, the Orchestra will perform excerpts from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), the 4th and final opera of his Ring cycle based on a collection of Nordic myths. As in the February program, the powerful brass section of the orchestra will be fully utilized. 

We Thank Our Program Advertisers

The Symphony Society thanks the following local businesses and organizations for supporting our concerts through program advertisements. Take a moment to learn more about our advertisers and support them when you can.

1874 Bar & Grill
Academy for Lifelong Learning
All Classical Portland
American Dream Pizza
Barker Uerlings Insurance
Benton County Historical Society
Blackledge Furniture
Charles Schwab, Heidi Farry
Corvallis Caring Place
Citizens Bank
Corvallis Dental Care
Corvallis Repertory Singers
Crawford & Ferrioli, LLC
del Alma Restaurant & Bar
Edward Jones John Croy, AAMS
First Alternative Co-Op Grocery
Fitness Over 50
Garland Nursery
Good Earth Pest Company
Grass Roots Books & Music
Richard M. Gretz Goldsmiths
Giustina Gallery
Hurley Financial Group
Marek & Lanker Law Firm
Mennonite Village
Michael's Jewelers (MJPM)
Oregon Community Foundation
Old World Deli
Olufson Designs
OSU Foundation
Portland Youth Philharmonic
Rice's Pharmacy
Robnetts Hardware True Value
OSU School of Arts & Communication
Samaritan Health Services
Shelton-Turnbull Printing
Subaru of Corvallis
Sunset Dental
The Arts Center
Town & Country Realty
Troubadour Music Center

We Thank Our Program Grantors

The Symphony Society thanks our grantors for ensuring reliable, ongoing funding to underwrite outstanding musicians and programs: Benton Community Foundation, Consumers Power, Inc., and OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop.

OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop



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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

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.

112th SEASON, 2017–2018

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OCT 29, SUN, 3:00 PM
Portland Youth Philharmonic
David Hattner, Conductor
FREE Pre-Season Concert

NOV 20, MON, 7:30 PM
Our Judeo-Romano-Christian Heritage
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 “Reformation”
Bloch: Schelomo
with Anne Ridlington, cello
Respighi: Pines of Rome

DEC 1, FRI, 7:30 PM
Holiday Favorites
with OSU Choruses & Soloists
Holiday Singalong
Hallelujah Chorus

FEB 25, SUN, 3:00 PM
Beethoven and Bruckner
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
with Alexander Tutunov, piano
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

MAY 22, TUE, 7:30 PM
Nature and the Human Condition
Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Tickets Available June 15

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