September – October 2016
We begin our season with this talented 50-piece ensemble, composed of music educators from across Central New York. The special concert features SUNY Oswego faculty members Rob Auler and Trevor Jorgensen as piano and saxophone soloists for Stravinsky and Dahl concertos, plus a new work by their faculty colleague, Paul Leary.
“A continuing success story!”
—Syracuse Post Standard
A Talk by Video Games Developer Jeff Gardiner
Jeff Gardiner is a SUNY Oswego alum and a 15-year veteran of the video games industry. During his tenure at Bethesda Games Studios, he has shipped 20 titles, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 4.
Master violinists Kevin Sylvester and Wil Baptiste celebrate the synergy between hip hop and classical music. Featured on NPR and the PBS News Hour, they’ve partnered with top-tier performers from Alicia Keys to Aerosmith. This appearance with turntable ace DJ TK follows a European tour and their newest release, Stereotypes.
“Brilliant music with a poignant message for the world”
Talk with Warren St. John, ORI Non-Fiction Writer
Warren St. John has written for The New York Times, New York Observer, The New Yorker, Wired and Slate. His first book, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania (2004) was named one of Sports Illustrated‘s best books of the year. His second book, Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference was published in 2009.
Talk & Nickelodeon Writers’ Workshop with Karen Kirkland
As VP of Talent Development, Karen has spent the last 11-years identifying, developing and staffing writers onto Nickelodeon network productions. During her time at Nick, Karen has expanded the Writing Program’s efforts worldwide and has helped to launch the careers of many creative and successful visionaries including the creators of Nickelodeon’s top-rated live action show for kids – Bella and the Bulldogs.
Talk by Suzanne Johnson, Interactive Mobile Gaming App Story Lead
Suzanne Johnson is the creator of an Emmy Award-winning webseries. She is currently a story lead for Pocket Gems’ Episode Interactive mobile gaming app. A former V.P. of Programming and Talent Development for ABC Daytime Television, she also wrote for All My Children and was a story consultant for Nickelodeon International.
A Talk by Young Adult Fiction Writer Karen Bao
Karen Bao began writing her first novel, Dove Arising, at the age of seventeen. Dove Exiled is her second published novel. She graduated in May 2016 from Columbia University.
Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: Suite For Fred
Host: Eric Schmitz
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 • 7:30PM
Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Pre-concert Talk 7:00PM
This special concert features renowned Rochester-based jazz professionals and Eastman School of Music professors Chris Azzara, piano; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Mark Kellogg, trombone; Doug Stone, saxophone, from the Eastman Community Music School; and Danny Ziemann, bass instructor at SUNY Oswego. The group will present all new compositions by Eric Schmitz, including a suite dedicated to the memory of jazz composer/educator Fred Sturm.
“There’s No Place Like Home.” –Dorothy Gale
THE WIZARD OF OZ
L. Frank Baum’s classic and timeless tale of Dorothy Gale, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion’s search for what lies over the rainbow in The Wizard of Oz (RSC) re-opens our renovated Waterman Theatre. Featuring the songs we love to hear- Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had The Nerve, We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), The Jitterbug, and The Merry Old Land of Oz.
Director Jonel Langenfeld sets Dorothy’s adventure along the train tracks of Midwest and turns up the beat with a steam punk bent. Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
Talk by Jericho Brown, Poet
Jericho Brown is a poet whose poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book Please (2008) won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (2014) was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront and the Academy of American Poets.