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July 25, 2002
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OSWEGO -- Brazilian movements, hip-hop dance, contemporary chamber music, a brassy orchestra and a festival full of jazz are some of the stops on this year's journey for the Artswego Performing Arts Series at SUNY Oswego.
"Artswego looks to present a rich tapestry of culture, both American and international, with performances that college students, as well as area residents, otherwise could not experience on a regular basis," said Artswego Program Coordinator Mary Avrakotos.
Rennie Harris PureMovement, which will kick off the season with 8 p.m. shows Sept. 20 and 21 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre, translates hip-hop and urban culture into dance classes and performances. "Feats of virtuosic dancing brought down the house," The Washington Post said of one of Harris' shows. "Long columns of superlatives could only begin to suggest their dynamic kinetic and fresh appeal."
The group is known for its innovation and energy in fusing street dance and theatre. "PureMovement push hip-hop as far as it can go, not just in their jaw-dropping coordination -- but in the elaboration and reinvention of basic moves," raved the British Guardian. "This is much, much more than simply dancing to records -- just as the live DJ act that accompanies them is much more artful than simply spinning vinyl."
Tickets for Rennie Harris PureMovement will cost $20 (or $17 for seniors, students and children; $7 for SUNY Oswego students).
Performing at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, Elements Quartet is known for a repertoire ranging from Mendelssohn classics to contemporary humorous compositions by John Zorn. One of the group's newest pieces is adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici, who has called the quartet "edgy and innovative . . . an important new ensemble."
The Detroit Free Press praised the quartet's "mercurial blend of passion, polish, intensity, nuance, maturity, imagination and humor." Tickets for the show will cost $12 (or $10 for seniors, students and children; $7 for SUNY Oswego students). There will also be an admission-free informance at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall and a preview at 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at the "river's end bookstore."
The second annual daylong Jazz Guitar Festival on Nov. 16 will offer workshops, master classes and chamber-styled performances by professional jazz guitarists throughout Tyler Hall. Cost for early-bird registration (by Oct. 15) will be $35 for general admission, $25 for seniors and students, and $10 for SUNY Oswego students. After that, the costs will rise to $45, $35 and $15 for the respective audiences.
Festival headliners the Peter Leitch Sextet will present a concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. A New York City-based guitarist with 25 years of experience, Leitch presents what New York Times reviewer John S. Wilson termed "warm, singing lines . . . (with) both a melodic grace and a rhythmic strength."
Tickets for the show will cost $12 (or $10 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). The group will also give an admission-free informance at 3 p.m. Nov. 15 in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.
Calling themselves "The Boston Pops -- In Brass," The River City Brass Band will offer familiar folk tunes, ballads, Broadway and Hollywood favorites, marches and classical transcriptions at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in Waterman Theatre. The 28-member ensemble is known for virtuosity, a diverse family program and the inclusion of warm, witty humor.
Tickets are $15 (or $12 for seniors, children, students and Artswego patrons; $7 for SUNY Oswego students). The band will also present a free informance at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.
Presenting the Artswego season finale at 8 p.m. March 12 in Waterman Theatre, the Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo has been praised by The Times of London for serving a "spicy, simmering stew of Brazil's African, Arabic and European influences."
Drawing on its native land's cultural diversity, Grupo Corpo says it strives to present a style that embodies Brazil yet translates to audiences in any country. "The company . . . has been well trained in both classical ballet and modern-dance techniques," Jack Anderson wrote in The New York Times.
Tickets will cost $20 (or $17 for seniors, students and children; $7 for SUNY Oswego students).
"The blend of formal performances, informances and master classes in the Artswego schedule are intended to provide high accessibility to all of these impressive artists," Avrakotos said. "Season passes at discount rates also allow people to enjoy a whole artistic journey."
For more information or reservations, call 312-2141 or e-mail
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