The Willamette Valley will be filled with music of all genres this fall and into the new year. Here's a first look at a busy musical year:

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra

For more information, including tickets, go to the orchestra's website, Concerts are held at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus.

• Portland Youth Philharmonic, 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29. Conductor David Hattner brings his ensemble to Corvallis for a performance. 

• Our Judeo-Romano-Christian Heritage, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20. Works by Mendelssohn, Bloch and Respighi. Cellist Anne Ridlington. 

• Holiday Favorites, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1. With OSU choruses and soloists. 

• Two Big Bs: Beethoven and Bruckner, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. On the program: Beethoven and Bruckner. Also, pianist Alexander Tutunov. 

• Nature and the Human Condition, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22: Mahler's Symphony No. 3. 

Majestic Theatre

• Portland Cello Project, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. This revolving cast of cellists performs everywhere from punk rock clubs to loading dock streets to exclusive private events, and symphony halls all over North America. Admission: $30-$35. Information:

• Shook Twins, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. Identical twins and songwriters, Katelyn and Laurie Shook bring their Portland folk-pop band back to Corvallis for a concert. The Shook Twins are rounded out by guitarist Niko "Slice" Daoussis, drummer Barra Brown, Josh Simon on bass and synthesizers and the twins' signature golden egg, for additional percussion. Admission: $23-$25.

• Gideon Freudmann: CelloBop, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. A founding member of the Portland Cello Project, Freudmann has been on the forefront of that instrument's modern creative expansion for more than 30 years. Using the electric cello for improvisational classical, blues, jazz, electronic, funk and folk music, Freudmann riffs on conventions and traditions. He loops and layers his sounds with pedals and amplifiers, sculpting orchestras out of thin air. Admission: $18-$20.

• Pigs on the Wing, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Imagine the energy and electric intensity of Dark Side of the Moon-era Pink Floyd. This Portland band has been delivering that experience to audiences since 2006. Admission: $18-$20.

• A Cappella Night, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Local and regional a cappella groups perform an evening of pop, contemporary and traditional music. Admission: $12-$14.

• Flamenco Pacifico, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23. The flamenco music and dance ensemble led by guitarist and composer Berto Boyd returns. Admission: $28-$30.

• Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. The fiddle trio from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands formed in 2009 and swiftly gained a reputation for a gripping and unique blend of fiddle music. Kevin Henderson, Anders Hall and Olav Luksengard Mjelva released their second album, "Deliverance," last year. Admission: $25.

Willamette Valley Symphony

Concerts are typically held Saturdays at 7 p.m. at Albany's First United Methodist Church and Sundays at 4 p.m. at Ashbrook Independent School in Corvallis. For more information, go to the symphony's website at

• Nov. 4 and 5: Works by Prokofiev, Forster and Beethoven. Lydia Van Dreel, French horn.

• Dec. 9 and 10: Works by C.P.E. Bach, Mozart and Schubert. Alice Blankenship, violin.

• Feb. 17 and 18: Works by Copland, Block and Schumann. Noah Seitz, cello. 

• June 9 and 10: Works by Bill Whitley, Mahler and David Gustafson. With Whitley and tenor David Gustafson.

Corvallis Repertory Singers

Concerts are held at the First United Methodist Church in Corvallis. For more information, check out the website

• Sunday, Oct. 1: Reform School: Choral Music of the Reformation. Works by Bach, others. 

• Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17: Candlelight and Carols. Handel's Messiah, plus seasonal favorites.

• Saturday, Feb. 3: Choral Fight Night! Battle of the Choirs, with the Battle Born Chorale from Las Vegas, under the direction of Oregon State University graduate Jonathan Baltera.

Corvallis High School Performing Arts Center

• Greg Brown, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Brown is a Grammy-nominated folk singer-songwriter who has recorded more than two dozen albums. The Iowa native has won multiple independent music awards and tours across North America and Europe. Admission: $31-$47. Information:

Corvallis Fall Festival 

Here's the music schedule for next week's Fall Festival. See next week's E for more on the festival. 

Saturday, Sept. 23

• Flamenco Pacifico, 11 a.m. to noon

• Gumbo Groove, 12:45 to 2 p.m. The Eugene group offers what it calls "folk-fueled fungrass."

• Joanne Broh, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Broh, an award-winning blues vocalist, and her band perform upbeat blues with some rock for spice and a splash of funk. 

• Streetnik, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Streetnik is a one-man band with minimalist beats, soul claps, layered vocals, bass sounds and vintage organs with effects.

• The Maharimbas, 6 to 7 p.m. The seven-member marimba ensemble from Corvallis plays a variety of music, including African, Caribbean, American and contemporary music.

• Ludicrous Speed, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Formed in late 2012 Corvallis horn players, Ludicrous Speed is an eight-member ska band.

Sunday, Sept. 24

• Jessie Rae, 11 a.m. to noon. The Portland trio of singer-songwriter Joan Meyer, drummer Jeff Graham and guitarist Jim Bronson formed Jessie Rae in 1998. Their music blends elements of pop, rock, blues, reggae and R&B.

• Bossanaire, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Featuring two female singers, Laurie Hammond and Mallory Glaser, Bossanaire’s sound is reminiscent of the original Brasil 66 group.

• Big Outside, 2 to 3 p.m. The Corvallis band plays all original songs, and its global groove music style is rooted in reggae, Afropop, and other world beats.

• Despite the Whiteness (DTW), 3:30 to 5 p.m. The nine-member band from Corvallis specializes in funk and groove music. 

Chamber Music Corvallis

• Schubert Ensemble of London, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, First Presbyterian Church. Admission: $26-$29. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth free. Information:

• Meccore Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, First Presbyterian Church.

Oregon State University concerts

• Faculty Recital: Rachelle McCabe, piano, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, First Presbyterian Church. Free.

• U.S. Marine Corps All Star Jazz Band, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, Memorial Union Lounge. Free.

• OSU American Strings Concert Series presents An Evening with Tony Trischka, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, Majestic Theatre. The banjo artist will perform an intimate concert followed by a question-and-answer session. A sought after teacher, producer and recording artist, Trischka's innovative stylings have made him one of the most influential banjo players in roots music. Admission: $15. Information:

Corvallis Folklore Society Celtic music series

Performances are at the Whiteside Theatre in Corvallis.

• Old Blind Dogs, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Since forming in 1992, the band has become one of Scotland's most highly touted traditional folk bands and has won numerous awards, including Folk Band of the Year at the 2004 and 2007 Scots Traditional Music Awards.

• Tannahill Weavers, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The popular band released its debut album in 1976, and was among the first bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland bagpipe in an ensemble setting. In 2011, the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and next year will celebrate their 50th anniversary.

• Daimh, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Daimh (pronounced Dive), performs in Scottish Gaelic. Recent accolades include last year’s award for the Best Folk Band in Europe at the Folkherbst competition in Germany and also is a recent winner of the Folk Band of the Year award at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

• Gothard Sisters, 7 p.m., Sunday, March 15. Sisters Greta, Willow and Solana Gothard form this group, which began as a violin trio playing for tips at the farmers market in their hometown of Edmonds, Washington. Last December, the sisters charted on Billboard's World Music Chart with the Christmas album "Falling Snow."

OSU Music a la Carte

The free series is held Friday at noon in OSU's Memorial Union Lounge.

• Sarah Brown, clarinet, and friends, Sept. 29

• Becky Jeffers and Angela Carlson, four hands piano, Oct. 6

• OSU Music Faculty Showcase, Oct. 13

• Cameron O'Connor, guitar, Oct. 20

• OSU Jazz Ensemble, Oct. 27

• Ken Saul, trumpet, Nov. 3

• Ann Kosanovic-Brown, bassoon, Nov. 17

• OSU University Chorale, Dec. 1

OSU vocal performances

• OSU Festival of Voices Gala Concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, LaSells Stewart Center. Admission: $10 general, OSU students with ID and youth ages 8-18 free. Information:

• OSU Choirs — Unity Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, LaSells Stewart Center.

• OSU Opera Workshop, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Oregon State University SAC Presents Series

All events are held at the LaSells Stewart Center. 

Voces 8, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2. Voces 8 is an capella octet from the United Kingdom, and is now said to be one of the world's most popular vocal ensembles. The OSU Chamber Choir will also perform. All concerts admission: $40-$50. Information:

•"The Pianist of Willesden Lane," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. A performance of the true story of a young Jewish musician whose dreams were interrupted by the Nazi regime.

•"Body and Soul," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. This is a film by Oscar Micheaux, restored and featuring a remixed score by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, performed live with Miller and an ensemble.

•"An Evening with Ira Glass: Seven Things I've Learned," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The host of "This American Life" will mix his program live on stage, explaining the creative process and sharing lessons from his life and career.

• Colin Currie and the Oregon Symphony String Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. Currie, an acclaimed percussionist, joins the string ensemble in this concert. 

• Pink Martini, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The Portland-based group, known as the "little orchestra," returns to Corvallis.

• Brooklyn Rider and Kayhan Kalhor, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24. The adventurous string quartet and the master of the Persian kamancheh blur the lines between Western classical and Eastern traditional music.

OSU Ensembles 

• OSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, LaSells Stewart Center. Admission: $5 general, OSU students and K-12 youth free. Information:

• OSU Campus Band, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Memorial Union. Free.

• OSU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, Memorial Union Ballroom. Admission: $5, OSU students and K-12 youth free. Information:

LBCC choirs

•"Whispered and Revealed," fall choral concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

Conducted by Raymund Ocampo. An evening of song from LBCC's award-winning Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and a cappella groups The Sirens and Blue Light Special. Admission: $10 general, $7 students and seniors.

•"The Grace of the World," Winter Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

• Celebration of A Cappella, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14. An evening of all-vocal talent presented musical classics, top 40 hits, led by LBCC's own Blue Light Special (an all-male group) and The Sirens (an all-female group). Other troupes performing will include Rebelation from South Albany High School and OSU's Outspoken and Powerchord. Admission: $8 general, $6 students and seniors.

• Mozart Requiem, Spring Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7


Here's a list of recently released or in-the-works recording projects from mid-valley musicians.  

• Elizabeth Healy. Healy, an independent singer-songwriter from Sweet Home, released her 13-song album "Piece of Cake" in August. Four music videos from it can be seen on her youtube channel,, with songs and T-shirts available for purchase on reverbnation,

• Outspoken. Oregon State University's all-male a cappella group released its latest album, "Bury the Castle," in mid-August. It features 11 cover songs, featuring rock, pop and country, and can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music or purchased at iTunes and Amazon.

• Peter Riley Osborne. The Corvallis native, who now lives in Eugene, is a rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. Osborne hopes to finish recording his album, "I Made This," by October. It will be available on iTunes and Spotify.

• Halie Loren. Loren, an acclaimed singer and independent recording artist from the mid-valley, has teamed with British producer Troy Miller to release a Kickstarter-funded studio album project. For information, go to "Halie Loren is making a new album," The pledge period ends Sept. 30. Contributions will go towards production, studio time, recording, engineering, promotion and more for her 10th album, which will mark the first time she's recorded only her own songs.


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