CORVALLIS, Ore. – The touring fiddle choir Childsplay will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

The performance is part of “SAC Presents,” a visual and performing arts events series presented by the School of Arts and Communication in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

Led by violin maker Robert Childs, Childsplay is comprised of more than 20 musicians from around the U.S. and Ireland, with each member of the string section playing a violin or viola handmade by Childs.

The touring group features instrumentalists ranging from all-Ireland and Scottish fiddle champions to members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The show also features National Heritage award-inning Irish step-dancer Kevin Doyle and Pilobolus dance theater member Molly Gawler, as well as the celebrated traditional Irish vocalist Karan Casey.

Childsplay has toured for more than 30 years, and has just released its seventh album, “The Bloom of Youth.” The album release was the first step in what has been announced as the band’s farewell tour.

“Since our first gig in 1988, our band of talented musicians has strived to take fiddle music beyond mesmerizing repetition and into the realm of harmonies and counter rhythms — traditional fiddle sounds in a contemporary world,” Childs has said. “We are so grateful to all of our fans for their continued support as we tune our strings for the final time, and we hope to meet new fans along the way.”

SAC Presents brings well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser known artists and ensembles to the community. The lineup of artists represents a broad spectrum of music genres as well as other types of performers and speakers. The complete line-up can be found online at:

Discounted season ticket packages, four-performance mini-plans and individual event tickets are now on sale. Tickets for Childsplay are $30 to $35 in advance and $35 to $40 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit or call 541-737-5592. All seats are reserved.

Up to 100 free tickets are available for OSU students for each event. An OSU student discount code is needed and may be obtained in Fairbanks Hall 309A or 309B, or by calling 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents participates in Corvallis Arts for All. If tickets remain on the evening of the performance, individuals in the SNAP program with an Oregon Trail Card may purchase up to two tickets at $5 each starting one hour prior to each performance. Call for availability. For more information and for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-737-5592.

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 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.


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



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