CORVALLIS - Author, musician and radio personality Martin Goldsmith will bring a change of pace to the John Byrne Lecture Series when he appears Saturday, April 27, at Oregon State University's LaSells Stewart Center.

Goldsmith's talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the center's Austin Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The Byrne Lecture Series is co-sponsored by OSU's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and Oregon Sea Grant. The series typically presents some of the most prominent players in ocean and atmospheric sciences. Recent installments have included speakers on global warming and the health of fisheries.

Goldsmith, who was host of National Public Radio's "Performance Today" series for 10 years, will bring a different sensibility to the series, presenting "Behold the Sea! The Ocean in Words and Music."

The list of musicians Goldsmith interviewed during his decade at "Performance Today" is a who's-who of classical music. Itzhak Perlman, George Solti, Joan Sutherland, Wynton Marsalis and Placido Domingo are just a few of the artists who have shared their insights and experiences with Goldsmith on the premier classical music program in the U.S.

Goldsmith left National Public Radio in 1999 to complete his book, "The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany." The book tells the true story of his parents, who met during the 1930s and eventually escaped from Nazi Germany.

He is now a senior commentator at NPR and director of classical music programming on XM Satellite Radio.

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