CORVALLIS, Ore. – “SAC Presents,” a visual and performing arts events series presented by the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University, will return for its fourth season in 2018-19.

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.

This season’s events include:

  • Branford Marsalis Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. The renowned jazz saxophonist leads the ensemble, which also features Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums.
  • Childsplay, featuring Irish singer Karan Casey, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Childsplay features instrumentalists ranging from all-Ireland and Scottish fiddle champions to members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The show also features National Heritage award-winning Irish step-dancer Kevin Doyle and Pilobolus dance theater member Molly Gawler. 
  • Angelique Kidjo, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. A three-time GRAMMY Award winner with 13 albums, Kidjo combines West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, and influences from Europe and Latin America. The concert is in conjunction with OSU’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.  
  • Oregon Symphony, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The Oregon Symphony, conducted by Markus Stenz, will present classical works including Ludwig von Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 in C; “Fratres” by Avro Pärt and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat “Rhenish.”
  • Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. The world-touring performance troupe will present “Voces del Sur," a glimpse into the land of Andalucía, the southern region of Spain known as the “cradle of flamenco.” The group’s dancers and musicians pay tribute to the unique culture of Andalucía.
  • Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019. Chestnut, a master jazz pianist, and the GRAMMY Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet collaborate on a range of pieces.
  • Jenny Scheinman & H. Lee Waters: Kannapolis - A Moving Portrait, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019.  A live music and film performance featuring the work of H. Lee Waters, who documented over 118 small towns in the American southeast between 1936 and 1942. Scheinman and filmmaker Finn Taylor have melded these images to Scheinman’s music, creating a new film with live performance and a score performed by an ensemble of bluegrass musicians.

Discounted season ticket packages and four-performance mini-plans are now on sale online and by phone through Oct. 14. Individual performance tickets also are on sale. To purchase tickets, visit or call 541-737-5592.

All seats are reserved. All of the performances will be held in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

In addition to the SAC Presents events, the School of Arts and Communication also is hosting two additional concerts that are not included in the regular season packages. Those shows are:

  • Rachelle and Robin McCabe: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein and more, 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at The LaSells Stewart Center. A duo piano recital.
  • The Vienna Boys Choir, two shows, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the First United Methodist Church, Corvallis.

Tickets for these shows are also available online at or by phone 541-737-5592.

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 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.


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


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