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Corvallis Repertory Singers Announce 2018-2019 Season

Guest Author | 09/21/2018 | Arts and Culture, Concerts & Music

Corvallis Repertory Singers

2018-2019 Season

Candlelight & Carols: Vivaldi’s Gloria

Dec. 15, 7 p.m. and Dec. 16, 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Learn more and buy tickets ($18-$25).

Haydn's The Creation

Feb. 10, 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Learn more and buy tickets ($18-$25).

The Music Man

April 13, 7 p.m. and April 14, 3 p.m. at the Corvallis High School Main Stage Theater. Learn more and buy tickets ($20).

See also: "Newport Symphony Orchestra: Ode to Joy" at the LaSells Stewart Center, on Sept. 30.

Corvallis Repertory Singers 2018-19 Concert Season a "Musical Mosaic"

The Corvallis Repertory Singers, an award-winning choral ensemble, will present a three-concert season that is a mosaic of music styles. Concerts include Vivaldi's Gloria, Haydn's The Creation and Meredith Willson's The Music Man. The group will also participate in the Newport Symphony Orchestra's 30th anniversary concert with its performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

Season tickets, available online at or through various Corvallis and Albany outlets, are $55 for main floor seating if purchased prior to October 1 and $60 after the early deadline. Beethoven's 9th Symphony tickets are part of the Newport Symphony's package and not included in the CRS season.

"It's difficult to imagine a season of more enjoyable music," said Artistic Director Steven Zielke. "From Vivaldi's cheerful Gloria, and Haydn's classic The Creation, to The Music Man, a story about a community that just wants to make some music, in a river city, perhaps not so different than our own. It's a great season and I know that our audiences will really enjoy the music."

Zielke, the Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music and director of choral studies at Oregon State University, added that the group will include two matinee performances this season. "Last year we learned that our audiences responded well to matinee performances, so we have included two of them to give all of our patrons a choice for their schedules," he said.

The Rep Singers will join the Willamette Master Chorus and Central Coast Chorale in two performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Zielke will gleefully turn "singer" for this concert after he prepares the choral group. The Newport Symphony's Adam Flatt will conduct the two performances on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Newport, and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. in Corvallis at the OSU LaSells Stewart Center.

CRS' holiday concert will feature Vivaldi's Gloria and a selection of seasonal carols with two performances on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. "Vivaldi's masterpiece is a perfect accompaniment to the holiday season," said Zielke, noting the big choruses and contrasting solo work.

Haydn's The Creation has not been performed by CRS. Zielke describes its intricacies, "The Creation has it all, intricate fugal choruses that harken back to both Handel and Bach, recitative in the operatic style of Mozart, Handel, and Bach, brilliant solo work that is not only beautiful melodies, but also great characters, and that classical orchestral writing from the historically recognized father of the symphony, Joseph Haydn." This work, which will include a pre-concert talk by the director, will be performed on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.

The final concert is a shift from tradition for CRS with a musical theater performance instead of classical work. The concert version of The Music Man will be performed on the main stage at Corvallis High School on April 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday April 14 at 3 p.m. Featuring familiar songs such as Till There Was You, Lida Rose and Seventy-Six Trombones, this concert will be "semi-staged" and complete with crowd-pleasing music. West Albany High School music teacher Cate Cafferella will provide the stage direction for this show.

Season ticket outlets include Grass Roots Books, Troubadour Music Center, and Susan's Garden & Coffee Shop (formerly Schmidt's Garden Center) in Corvallis; and Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany. Season ticket brochures were recently mailed to previous subscribers. Patrons who would like to receive a brochure may request one by email, or a copy can be downloaded from the organization's website at

About the Corvallis Repertory Singers

Founded in 2000, the Corvallis Repertory Singers includes nearly 50 area singers, many who have studied voice or are professional singers. In addition to Zielke, Raymund Ocampo serves as associate conductor. The singing group has been recognized for artistic achievement with funds from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation; the Oregon Arts Commission, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and by the Benton County Cultural Coalition, with funds provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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