CORVALLIS, Ore. – Under the direction of conductor Marlan Carlson, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony will perform an all-Rachmaninoff program at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

The concert features three works by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” Op. 43 for piano and orchestra, featuring soloist Christopher Yoon, an OSU student; Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13; and Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 for wordless soprano and orchestra featuring OSU voice instructor Amy Hansen.

The “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” composed in the summer of 1934, is one of only six works Rachmaninoff composed after fleeing Russia in 1917. At the time, Rachmaninoff had largely abandoned composing to pursue his career as a piano soloist to better support his family.

Yoon is a sophomore from Beaverton majoring in bioengineering with a minor in music. He has been playing piano since the age of five. He has won numerous awards, including first prize in the 2018 American Protégé Concerto Competition, for which he won the opportunity to perform a solo at Carnegie Hall. Yoon also performs as cellist in the orchestra.

Hansen is a graduate of Corvallis High School. She graduated with honors from Oberlin College Conservatory and earned her master’s degree in music at Indiana University. She has been a resident artist with the Portland Opera, a Metropolitan Opera Auditions regional finalist, an Ellen Faull Gordon vocal competition winner and a Petri grant recipient.

Tickets are $22 to $32 in advance or $25 to $35 at the door. Tickets are available online at Up to three K-8 students accompanied by a ticketed adult, and all high school and college students with ID, may be given free general admission tickets at the door starting one hour prior to the concert, subject to availability.

Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply with a valid SNAP card and are available one hour prior to performance. For accommodations relating to a disability please call 541-286-5580, preferably 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, [email protected]


Marlan Carlson, 541-737-5591, [email protected]


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