Office of Public Affairs
(315) 312-2265
Sept. 25, 2002
CONTACTS: Rick Balestra, 312-2130
Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581,
OSWEGO -- Musicians and music fans can take note of workshops, master classes and performances at the second annual daylong Jazz Guitar Festival at SUNY Oswego on Saturday, Nov. 16. The early registration deadline is Oct. 15.
The series is the brainchild of Rick Balestra, a well-known guitarist and teacher who is an adjunct professor of music at SUNY Oswego. His goal is to bring internationally recognized musicians to the college to share their music and ideas with Central New Yorkers.
New York City-based jazz guitarist and composer Peter Leitch, who has more than 25 years in the business and 14 albums to his credit, will lead an afternoon master class. His Peter Leitch Sextet will perform in concert at 8 p.m. to wrap up the day of activities.
Club Django, a Los Angeles-based tribute band to legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, will share their unique take on the form featuring three guitars, upright bass, occasional vocals and violin.
Gene Bertoncini, praised for his fluid technique and abilities as a clinician, will lead a session on solo jazz guitar. 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.
Other activities planned include a reception featuring the SUNY Oswego Guitar ensemble, a performance by Balestra with the Steve Brown Quartet, a workshop on promotion with Frank Malfitano and a session by Bob Sneider on performing Latin music.
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 rise to $45, $35 and $15, respectively.
For more information or to receive a brochure, call the SUNY Oswego music department at 312-2130.
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, and Hofner Guitar.
WAER Jazz88 Radio and ClearChannel Radio, through its affiliate Y94 FM, provide media support.
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