CORVALLIS - The Corvallis-OSU Music Association will bring four major events to the Oregon State University campus in 1999-2000, beginning with the Audubon String Quartet on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Season tickets for the concert series, which annually presents a diverse roster of entertainment, are on sale for $50. Individual tickets also may be purchased. Tickets are on sale at Rice's Pharmacy and Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany. More information is available by calling 541-754-7097.

Also on tap for the year are: Jon Nakamatsu and the Miami String Quartet, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m.; The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.; and James DePriest and the Oregon Symphony, March 14, 8:15 p.m.

All of the concerts will be held in Austin Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center, 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis.

"It's thrilling to see performers of this caliber come to Corvallis," said Len Weber, treasurer of the Corvallis-OSU Music Association. "This year's artists are no different. There's a little bit of something for everyone."

Violist Erika Eckhard and cellist Walter Gray will join the Audubon String Quartet for the concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. The quartet performs regularly in concert halls throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East and, in 1981, became the first American quartet to visit China. Since then, the group has been artists-in-residence at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Corvallis-OSU Music Association and Chamber Music Corvallis.

Nakamatsu, winner of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, thrilled the Corvallis audience during his last appearance here in 1997. He will be joined by the Miami String Quartet, which has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, earning accolades as one of the most respected young quartets in America.

The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan combine music, performance and witty dialogue while appearing in evening dress - all of the elements for a classic look at the beloved music of Gilbert and Sullivan. The performers are former stars of the D'Oyly Carte.

The performance of the Oregon Symphony, led by DePriest, has become an annual highlight of the concert series. Leader of the Oregon Symphony since 1980, DePriest has helped raise the profile and reputation of the symphony to a national level.

The Corvallis-OSU Music Association is also holding a fundraising campaign. Ticket revenue only pays about 65 percent of operating expenses, Weber said. For more information on supporting the association, call 541-754-7097.

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Len Weber, 541-757-1632