CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University summer choir will present "The Path of Totality," an eclipse-themed concert, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

In celebration of the upcoming solar eclipse and as part of the "OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience," the concert program will explore a range of music from baroque to present. Works include excerpts from Handel's "Messiah," "Samson" and "Israel in Egypt;" Haydn's "Creation;" Mendelssohn's "How Brightly Shines the Morning Star;" Abbie Benitis' "Lumen;" "My Song in the Night" by Paul Christenson; "Bright Morning Stars" by Sean Kirchner; Morten Lauridsen's "Sure on this Shining Night;" "Lux Aeterna" by Tom Porter; "True Light" by Caldwell and Ivory; and "Lux Beatissima" by OSU music alumnus Joshua Rist.

The OSU summer choir is an annual tradition that brings together students, staff and community members. It also serves as a learning laboratory for graduate music education students. Steven Zielke, director of choral studies at Oregon State, facilitates the ensemble and mentors the five graduate conductors, Danika Locey, Terence Madlangbayan, Emma Nissen, Francis Sefton and Joseph Mikkelson, who lead the ensemble in performance.

Tickets are $10 for general admission; OSU students, K-12 students and guests who purchased lodging packages for the OSU eclipse event will be admitted free on a space available basis. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply.  

Advance tickets are available at: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/events/music/osu-summer-choir-path-totality. Accommodations requests relating to a disability may be made by contacting Erin Sneller at 541-737-5592 or erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu at least one week in advance.

"The OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience" is the start of a 15-month celebration of OSU's 150th anniversary.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671