CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will host a free concert of baroque music and a master class for pianists this week.

Four members of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Terra Nova Consort" will perform baroque trio sonata music on period instruments Thursday, Jan. 15. The free public concert begins at noon in OSU's Memorial Union Lounge.

Featured musicians are David Rogers on archlute, Pat O'Scannell on recorders and tenor viola da gamba, Nancy Elliott on recorders and bass viola da gamba, and Bryce Peltier on recorders and sackbut (medieval trombone).

Rogers teaches guitar at Southern Oregon University; Elliott is a doctoral student in linguistics at Indiana University; O'Scannell is music director of the Green Shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and Peltier is principal trombone in the OSU-Corvallis Symphony Orchestra.

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, renowned concert pianist Menahem Pressler will appear in a free master class for students, teachers, and the public. The class will run from 3-5 p.m. in OSU's Walker Recital Hall (Benton Hall, Room 303).

During the class, OSU music students studying piano with Professor Rachelle McCabe will perform a movement from a Beethoven piano trio and receive Pressler's critique on performance, style and interpretation. Pressler also will discuss with the audience musicianship and performance.

"Pressler is certainly one of the most revered and celebrated presences in chamber music in the world today," McCabe said.

Born in Germany, Pressler received most of his early musical training in Israel. In 1955, he co-founded the Beaux Arts Trio, which has become one of the world's most enduring and widely acclaimed chamber music ensembles. He has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburg Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Orchestre National de Belgique.

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Marge Victor, 541-737-5592