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Music a la Carte (Facebook Live): Alicia Straka

Alicia Jo Straka will perform a 30-minute performance on the Music a la Carte Facebook Live series.

Straka (previously Baker) is a professional accordionist, singer, pianist, and composer from Portland, currently residing in Denver.  She earned bachelor of arts degrees from Oregon State University in piano performance, vocal performance, and choral music education, and holds  a Master of Music in vocal performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado Boulder. Throughout her career, Straka has won multiple international accordion competitions, worked as an artist for the prestigious Roland Corporation, sung leading operatic roles, and has performed at notable venues including Carnegie Weill Hall and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Alicia currently teaches private students, and is an active performer, composer and arranger.

Alicia will perform a selection of fun music featuring her accordion and voice; including jazz, French café, pop, and perhaps even a polka or operatic treat. Tune in for a wide variety of joyful music on an instrument that's full of surprises! The Music à la Carte Facebook page can be found at: Facebook Live events are free to view.

Straka's website for recordings and more information:

The School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts is hosting a series of Facebook Live events to keep alive the decades-long tradition of noon concerts, while following Oregon State University’s commitment to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

The “brown bag” concert series has been presenting performances by OSU, regional, national and international musicians on Fridays at noon in the Memorial Union during fall, spring and winter terms since 1969.

While the in-person performances have been canceled, a new series of 30-minute Facebook Live events will be held on Fridays at noon throughout the term.

Other upcoming performances:

  • April 17: Halie Loren, jazz/pop singer-songwriter. Based in Eugene, Loren’s accolades include Editor’s Pick on CD Baby, Independent Music Award for best jazz song of the year and Top 10 Hot New Releases at in the U.S. and Canada.
  • April 24: William Seiji Marsh, guitar and vocals. Marsh, formerly of Eugene, now based in Los Angeles, is currently the guitarist for Pink Martini. He has toured and recorded with Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Lost Lander, Halie Loren and more.
  • May 1: Gideon Freudmann, cello. Freudmann is a cross-genre cellist whose live performances use technology to loop and layer tracks in real time. He has played with Richard Thompson, Patty Larkin and They Might Be Giants, and released solo albums in a variety of genres. 

    Additional performances will be announced as they are scheduled.

Friday, April 10 at 12:00pm to 12:30pm

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