CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s School of Arts and Communication presents “Brooklyn Rider & Kayhan Kalhor: Silent City” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street.

Brooklyn Rider is a New York City-based string quartet founded in 2008 that draws heavily on influences beyond the traditional classical realm. The group has collaborated with banjoist and composer Bela Fleck, singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane and jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, among others. The quartet’s recordings include works by John Adams, Bjork, Sting, Elvis Costello and more.

Kayhan Kalhor is a GRAMMY-nominated composer and performer known throughout the world as a master of traditional Iranian and Kurdish music. He performs on the kamancheh, a traditional Iranian string instrument commonly used in Iranian and Kurdish classical music.

Kalhor is a founding member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. He has collaborated with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Additionally, he has worked with some of the most important composers of our time including Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams and Caroline Shaw.

The program includes two works by quartet member Colin Jacobsen: “A Mirror For A Prince” and “Beloved, do not let me be discouraged.” Jacobsen is a United States Artists Fellowship recipient and an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner. Jacobsen’s works bookend the seventh string quartet by renowned American minimalist composer Phillip Glass.

After intermission, Kalhor will perform an extended Persian kamanchech improvisation before being joined by Brooklyn Rider for a performance of “Silent City,” an extended elegy by Kalhor written in response to the destruction of the Kurdish city of Halabja.

Tickets are $35 to $45 in advance or $40 to $50 at the door. All seats are reserved. Advance tickets are available for purchase online at, by calling 541-737-5592 or in person at Fairbanks Hall 309A/B 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

OSU students may reserve a free seat in advance by going to Fairbanks Hall 309 A/B, or by calling 541-737-5592. SAC Presents participates in Corvallis Arts for All. SNAP participants with an Oregon Trail card may purchase up to two tickets for $5 each at the door while seats last. No other discounts apply. For more information, call 541-737-5592.

This season, SAC Presents is partnering with OSU KidSpirit to offer child care in Langton Hall during performances. Children must be 3 or older and fully potty trained. Advance registration is required for child care. More information, including reservation and pricing details, is available online at Food, beer and wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase from Valley Catering beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the LaSells Stewart Center. Food and beverages will be allowed in the Austin Auditorium during the performance.

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, [email protected]


Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, [email protected]


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