ARTS @ Oswego

February – April 2016

Musician Cooper Boone: “Sideshow” @ Frances Marion Brown Theatre, Fort Ontario Complex, Oswego
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm


Award winning Country Singer/Songwriter, Chef, Actor, Producer, Clinical Psychologist and Entrepreneur Cooper Boone brings music to Oswego that he calls Country BlueGlam (where bluegrass meets glammed-out fashion) from his third album, Sideshow. He and his band are joined onstage by a ringmaster and a cast of characters (played by SUNY Oswego students and faculty).

“Circus: Sideshow” Video

Focus on Faculty: Trevor Jorgensen, saxophone and clarinet and Robert Auler, piano @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm


Trevor Jorgensen and Robert Auler of the music faculty perform the Dahl Saxophone Concerto, the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto, and other masterworks from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: The Afiara Quartet @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
Photo Credit: Daniel Ehrenworth

Photo Credit: Daniel Ehrenworth

Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 PM
Host: Ahreum Kim

The Afiara Quartet is a dynamic ensemble, described as “a revelation” (La Presse) with performances balancing “intensity and commitment” with “frequent moments of tenderness” (Montreal Gazette). After residencies at The Juilliard School and San Francisco State University, the Afiara is Fellowship Quartet at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto– embracing their role as ambassadors for the genre in the 21st century.

Afiara plays Dvorak “Dumka(s)” on YouTube

“Quicksilver and delicate…electric and filled with sentiment…”
–San Jose Mercury News

“Moments of sheer transcendent beauty abounded from both the music and the musicians.”
–Seen and Heard International (Montreal Chamber Music Festival review)

The Afiara Quartet Website

Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: Jazz Bassist Larry Grenadier @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

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Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 PM
Host: Eric Schmitz

One of contemporary jazz’s most respected and accomplished players, Larry Grenadier provides his trademark upright bass work for the bands of pianist, Brad Mehldau and guitarist, Pat Metheny. In a distinguished recording career, he has performed with many other jazz luminaries. Joined by the Oswego Jazz Project, Grenadier showcases the tone and creative curiosity that keep him in demand.

Larry Grenadier Website
Read more about Larry Grenadier
Larry Grenadier on YouTube

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo: “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm


Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green presents his multi-media homage to the visionary architect, engineer and philosopher of sustainability, Buckminster Fuller. Accompanied live on stage by legendary indie band, Yo La Tengo, Green weaves video from Fuller’s extraordinary life into an engaging evening of “live cinema”.


The documentary project premiered at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has played at creative venues and festivals from The Kitchen in New York City to the Barbican in London.

“…a movie being born as you see it and hear it – as alive as music.” Writer, historian & activist Rebecca Solnit

Project Webpage

Band Webpage

Focus on Faculty: Mihoko Tsutsumi and Juan F. LaManna, Duo Piano @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Apr 3 @ 3:00 pm

Mihoko Tsutsumi-Juan LaManna

Faculty members Mihoko Tsutsumi and Juan F. LaManna collaborate in a four-hand piano recital. The performance features selections by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel, Debussy, and Piazzolla.

Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: Duo Parnas @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm
Photo Credit: Michael Polito

Photo Credit: Michael Polito

Pre-Concert Talk:7:00 PM
Host: Robert Auler

First Prize winners at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall, Duo Parnas soon earned raves in The New York Times, which cited their “electrifying reading,” “lush tone,” and “pinpoint precision.” Presenting exciting and technically flawless performances, the duo is a collaboration of musical sisters– violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist, Cicely Parnas.

“The duo parnas…gave the piece an electrifying reading, couching it in a lush tone and executing its complex interplay with pinpoint precision.”
–Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

duo parnas Website
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Focus on Faculty: Lake Effect Trio @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm

Ahreum Kim-Trevor Jorgensen-Rob Auler

Ahreum Kim, violin; Trevor Jorgensen, clarinet; and Robert Auler, piano, represent SUNY Oswego in classrooms, on concert stages and recruiting visits. Join them for works of Milhaud, Stravinsky and others.

Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: Baritone Kyle Pfortmiller & Soprano Laura Pfortmiller @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Apr 27 @ 1:45 pm

Kyle Pfortmiller Hi-Res

Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 PM
Host: Juan La Manna

Baritone Kyle Pfortmiller has appeared with opera companies throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan and New York City Operas, Sarasota Opera and Lake George Opera Festival. His stage repertoire ranges from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Papageno to Lerner and Loewe’s Henry Higgins. He joins soprano, Laura Pfortmiller, for an evening of mesmerizing duets and enchanting arias from favorite grand opera composers.

View Avant de quitter ces lieux (Faust) live with the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra on YouTube
Kyle Pfortmiller Website