Office of Public Affairs
Oct. 3, 2003
CONTACTS: Rick Balestra, 312-2130
Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581, firstname.lastname@example.org
THIRD SUNY OSWEGO JAZZ GUITAR FESTIVAL
TO OFFER WORKSHOPS, PERFORMANCES NOV. 8
OSWEGO -- Workshops, master classes and performances
will highlight the third annual daylong Jazz Guitar Festival at SUNY
Oswego on Saturday, Nov. 8. The early registration deadline is Oct. 15.
Rick Balestra, a well-known guitarist and teacher
who is an adjunct professor of music at SUNY Oswego, first envisioned
the event as a way to bring internationally recognized musicians to the
college to share their music and ideas with Central New Yorkers.
Charlie Hunter, known for his ability to mingle bass
and melody lines, will teach a master class at 1 p.m. and lead his
Charlie Hunter Trio in a headlining 8 p.m. concert in Tyler Hall's
Waterman Theatre. Hunter has nine albums to his credit in the last
decade and has been described as "a musical phenomenon" by the Richmond
Gene Bertoncini, renowned for his fluid technique
and teaching skills, will lead a solo jazz guitar session at 11 a.m.
When not playing, Bertoncini teaches at the Eastman School of Music,
the New England Conservatory, New York University and the Banff School
of Fine Arts. He also will join forces with Paul Meyers, known for his
active role with several groups in New York City's Brazilian jazz
scene, for a special 2 p.m. concert.
Another highlight of the day will be a 4 p.m.
performance by the Vic Juris Trio. Juris has toured Europe, Japan,
Israel and the United States as a jazz guitarist. His CD "Songbook" hit
the top 10 in 2000.
Other activities planned include a reception
featuring the SUNY Oswego Jazz Guitar ensemble, a performance by Rick
Balestra and Friends, and workshops on subjects including music theory,
tips for studio musicians and guitar restoration and
Those registering by Oct. 15 will receive a special
discount rate for the full program of $35 for the general public, $25
for seniors and students, $10 for SUNY Oswego students. After Oct. 15,
the costs will rise to $45, $35 and $15, respectively.
For more information or to receive a brochure, call
the Tyler Hall box office or visit www.oswego.edu/arts/jazzguitar
for online registration.
The SUNY Oswego music department and Artswego
present the Jazz Guitar Festival, which is supported in part by the
college's student arts fee and made possible by public funds provided
by the Oswego County Legislature, as administered by Arts and Culture
for Oswego County, with additional support from Speedway Press and Big
Apple Music in partnership with D'Addario Guitars.
WAER Jazz88 Radio and ClearChannel Radio, through
its affiliate Y94 FM, provide media support.
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