CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble will present “The River of Time” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.
Chris Chapman will direct the program. “A Concerto of Colors,” a five-movement guitar concerto by Stephen Goss, opens the program. OSU guitar instructor Cameron O’Connor, an internationally renowned guitarist, will perform as soloist.
Each of the contrasting movements depicts a facet of the landscape of the American southwest, and the listener is guided via clues in the movement titles: “Albuquerque Turquoise,” “Still Black,” “Green Movement,” “Nocturne in Blue and Gold,” and “Red Rocks.”
OSU graduate music education student Jennifer Coleman will conduct “Sanctuary” by Frank Ticheli. “Sanctuary” evokes a wide range of images, from comfort and solitude to strength and power, eventually coming to a close on a quiet echo.
Emmanuel Sejourne’s Concerto for Marimba and Wind Orchestra follows, featuring marimba soloist Jade Hails, an OSU alumnus who graduated in June with a degree in percussion performance. The concerto mixes jazz and romanticism using an accessible tonal language, setting the marimba against a lush backdrop..
David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 10, “The River of Time,” comprises the second half of the concert. The composer passed away while composing the work and it was completed by his son Matthew Maslanka.
At the time of David Maslanka’s death, only the first movement was fully completed along with half of the second. The remainder of the second movement and entire fourth movement were sketched out. Only the opening of the third movement was sketched, and the rest remained in fragments.
Drawing upon his long experience with his father’s music, Matthew Maslanka worked through the sketches to complete the symphony.
The symphony closes with a final chorale statement, with the pianist singing the tenor line in an untrained voice. Each morning, David Maslanka would play one chorale from J.S. Bach’s 371 Chorales. Matthew Maslanka chose to end the piece with it as a final tribute to his father.
Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth will be admitted free. The show is a BANDpass eligible concert. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. Advance tickets may be purchased online at: liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sacevents. To request accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671.
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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