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April 24, 2003
COLLEGE ORCHESTRA CONCERT TO FEATURE WORLD PREMIERE, JAPANESE SOLOIST
OSWEGO -- The SUNY Oswego College-Community Orchestra and the College Choir will combine Friday, May 9, to present a commissioned premiere by composer Mike McFerron. The performance at 8 p.m. in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theater on campus will be open to all free of charge.
Also featured in the program will be the Lieutenant Kije Suite by Sergei Prokofiev, as well as the Joseph Haydn violin concerto in G major, featuring Kayoko Hayashi, an exchange student from Japan, performing the solo violin part.
With a grant from Artswego, the college's performing arts program, SUNY Oswego commissioned McFerron to write a piece for its College-Community Orchestra and College Choir. The work is based on the tragedy "Antigone" by Greek dramatist Sophocles.
"He has composed a very interesting and beautiful piece named 'Odiporia,' which translates into 'Journey,'" said Juan Francisco La Manna, director of the orchestra and a member of SUNY Oswego's music faculty.
McFerron will also give a presentation at 3 p.m. May 9 in Room 41 of Tyler Hall. "Dr. McFerron will illustrate the compositional aspects of his piece as well as offer insights into the life of a composer of classical works," La Manna said.
McFerron is an assistant professor of music and composer-in-residence at Lewis University near Chicago. He holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
He has served as resident composer at the Chamber Music Conference of the East/Composers Forum in Bennington, Vt. He won the Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition in 2002 and was selected for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's "First Hearing" Program in 2001.
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