The Oregon State University choral program presents a tribute to the life and work of Ron Jeffers at the annual Orange & Black Vocal Scholarship Concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis.
Jeffers served as associate professor and director of choral activities at OSU from 1974 to 1982, and as associate professor of music theory and composition from 1982 to 1998. In 1988, he founded earthsongs, a company that publishes choral music from many different countries of the world and books of translations of foreign language texts.
For Friday's performance, OSU’s choral ensembles will perform works by Jeffers and others in a celebration of the impact that Jeffers had on choral music regionally, nationally and internationally.
The OSU Meistersingers, directed by Russell Christensen, will open the program with a set of seven pieces: Corvallis native Greg Simon’s “Spirit”; Shawn Crouch’s “The Peace of Wild Things”; Rene Clausen’s “O My Luv’s Like a Red, Red Rose” and more.
The Choralaires, a newly formed 12-member ensemble, will perform two works as a short interlude: “Underneath the Stars” by Kate Rusby and an arrangement of Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time.”
OSU’s Bella Voce women’s choir, directed by Sandra Babb, takes the stage to perform six works, including Norman Dello Joio’s Walt Whitman-inspired “A Jubilant Song,” and the Bolivian lullaby “Duermete, Mi Corazon."
Steven Zielke, the Patricia Valian Reser distinguished professor of music, will lead the OSU Chamber Choir in a five-song set for the final part of the program. This includes Francis Poulenc’s “O magnum mysterium”; “Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz” by Johannes Brahms and “Agnus Dei” by Krzysztof Penderecki.
General admission tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. A reserved seating and preconcert reception package is available for $15, advance purchase only. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth will be admitted free. Corvallis Arts for All discounts are available, valid for up to two $5 tickets with SNAP card.
Advance tickets available online at http://bit.ly/2GQWPEI.