CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will present “Nature and the Human Condition – Mahler Symphony No. 3” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

The program, conducted by Marlan Carlson, is comprised entirely of Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony. The six-movement, 100-minute work draws on the combined forces of nearly 200 performers – including Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir, soprano soloist Amy Hansen, the OSU Bella Voce women’s choir and a 100-piece orchestra – to explore the relationship between nature and the human experience.

After the completion of each conducting season, Mahler would retreat to the countryside during the summer months to compose undisturbed in a small hut. It was at his first “composing hut” in Steinbach Am Altersee in 1895 that he began writing what would ultimately become his most expansive work.

Following in the footsteps of his first two symphonies, the third is loosely programmatic and the movement titles originally conceived by Mahler give insight into the architecture and meaning of the work: I. “Pan Awakes, Summer Marches In”; II. “What the Flowers in the Meadow Tell Me”; III. “What the Animals in the Forest Tell Me”; IV. “What Man Tells Me”; V. “What the Angels Tell Me”; VI. “What Love Tells Me.”

The large number of performers and the massive scope of the infrequently performed work make it the largest musical undertaking on the OSU campus during the 2017-2018 concert season.

Reserved seating is $22, $27 and $32. Advance 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; tickets are available one hour prior to performance at the LaSells Stewart Center. 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 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]

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