Corvallis-OSU Symphony concludes 111th season with ‘Music Transcendent’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will perform “Music Transcendent” on Tuesday, May 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of The LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University (875 S.W. 26th St.) in Corvallis.
The performance, conducted by Marlan Carlson, will feature works by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and Claude Debussy in a display of musical imagery, virtuoso ensemble work and colorful orchestration.
A selection from “The Sea,” a 1905 Debussy piece, opens the program. The orchestra will perform “From Dawn to Noon on the Sea,” the first movement of the three-part symphonic poem in which Debussy depicts the sunrise and waking of the sea.
Strauss’ suite from his opera “The Woman Without a Shadow” closes the first half of the show. The fairytale-based opera premiered in 1919. Strauss extracted key elements from the score for the suite nearly 30 years after its premiere and it is that piece that is most frequently heard by modern audiences.  
The second half of the concert is dedicated to popular excerpts from Wagner’s “Ring Cycle.” In addition to the well-known “Ride of the Valkyries,” Carlson will lead the ensemble in three selections from “Twilight of the Gods” – “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey,” “Siegfried’s Funeral Music,” and the final “Immolation Scene.”
Reserved seat tickets are $22, $27 and $32. They are available online at www.cosusymphony.org. General admission seats are $20 and are available in advance at Grass Roots Books and Music in Corvallis. Students are admitted free with valid student ID. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. For accommodations relating to a disability call 541-286-5580, preferably one week in advance.

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