CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

The eight-song set, directed by Ryan Biesack, features a diverse selection from the big band repertoire: “Groove Merchant” by Thad Jones; Gordon Goodwin’s “Hit the Ground;” Bill Russo’s “Frank Speaking;” “N’Traned” by Roger Braun; John Clayton’s “Deed I Do;” “Pulse” by Dan Cavanaugh; a Florian Ross arrangement of Radiohead’s “2+2=5;” and “Three Fingered Jack” by Salem-based composer James Miley.

Biesack is a drummer, percussionist and music educator. He has appeared with Ron Miles, Hashem Assadullahi, Wayne Horvitz, Douglas Detrick, Halie Loren, Mike Denny and many others. In addition to performing locally, Biesack has played and taught throughout the Midwest and West Coast, in New York City, and overseas in India, South Korea and Nepal.

The concert is free and open to the public and no ticket is required. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671, preferably at least 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.

Story By: 

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


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