CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

The eight-song set, directed by Ryan Biesack, features a diverse selection from the big band repertoire: “Groove Merchant” by Thad Jones; Gordon Goodwin’s “Hit the Ground;” Bill Russo’s “Frank Speaking;” “N’Traned” by Roger Braun; John Clayton’s “Deed I Do;” “Pulse” by Dan Cavanaugh; a Florian Ross arrangement of Radiohead’s “2+2=5;” and “Three Fingered Jack” by Salem-based composer James Miley.

Biesack is a drummer, percussionist and music educator. He has appeared with Ron Miles, Hashem Assadullahi, Wayne Horvitz, Douglas Detrick, Halie Loren, Mike Denny and many others. In addition to performing locally, Biesack has played and taught throughout the Midwest and West Coast, in New York City, and overseas in India, South Korea and Nepal.

The concert is free and open to the public and no ticket is required. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671, preferably at least one week in advance.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu