Flying Theme from E.T. - music by John Williams
Star Trek Through The Years - music by Alexander Courage, Jerry Goldsmith, et al.
Space Oddity - words and music by David Bowie, arranged by Rob Birdwell; featured vocalist: Marc Callahan
A Brave and Startling Truth - poem by Maya Angelou, music by Rob Birdwell; featured poetry reader: Shelley Moon
Other works to be performed and conducted by Corvallis-OSU Symphony music director Marlan Carlson include:
- Tomasi: Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra featuring Nathan Boal on saxophone
- Richard Strauss: Thus Spake Zarathustra
Marlan Carlson and I were chatting in his office in early December 2015 about the possibility and logistics of adding David Bowie's Space Oddity to the program, preferably with an operatic baritone singer. To my delight he said he knew just the singer. I followed him from his office as he speedily lead the way to the studio of Marc Callahan. Marlan asked Marc of his availability, introduced me, and then I mentioned the Bowie song; Marc took maybe 20 seconds to stew this idea around before he said, "why not?" and just like that a new arrangement, song, and performer were slated for the concert! It's been a joy getting to know Marc and his exceptional vocal talents. I can't wait for him to unleash that thunderous voice of his on this song - it is musically and emotionally fitting that a wondrous voice and talent such as his will be performing it. Coming in the shadow of David Bowie's recent passing makes it all the more poignant. I'd been scoring the arrangement of Space Oddity and completely immersed in all things Bowie for several weeks when I heard the sad news. The gift of Bowie's Blackstar album and the stories from his collaborators shed light on his relentless artistry despite what he was facing. Can't get much more final frontier than that.