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PRAx center to open April 6, Indigenous artists at forefront

Jules Wood
The Lynne Hallstrom Detrick Concert Hall is under construction in the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts on Friday, November 3, 2023. The Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts represents Oregon State University’s first building dedicated to the arts.

Oregon State University’s Patricia Valian Reser Center for Creative Arts, or PRAx, is opening their doors to the public for the first time April 6 in a grand opening, full day event. 

The open house is free to the public and will feature tours of the building and creative spaces, gallery exhibition, live music and kids activities, according to the center’s website

“Sonic Booms” will be the inaugural gallery displayed in the Stirek Gallery, highlighting the intertwined history of music and technology, curated by Bob Santelli, OSU’s director of popular music. 

The event’s live daytime music will be performed by Native Rose and Jan Michael Looking Wolf, who teaches one of the most popular Bacc-core courses at OSU, Native American Flute. The two will be joined by students of the OSU band and other university ensembles. 

For those looking to continue the open house celebration, a headlining full-length concert will take place at 5 p.m. and costs $10 per ticket. 

According to the website, the concert is a “multi-year commitment by PRAx to presenting musicians who explore the Indigenous history threaded through jazz music.”

Headliners include Delbert Anderson (Navajo/Diné) and his quartet sharing indigenous history with jazz music and Julia Keefe (Nez Perce), a vocalist who will also act as the center’s artistic director for an ongoing series showcasing contemporary Native jazz performers. 

The concert will close out with a performance by the OSU Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Choir composed especially for the center by Franklin Piland, Delbert Anderson and Julia Keefe.

For more information and tickets to the evening concert visit the PRAx website here.

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