February – April 2016
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).
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.
“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 Mouse Trap, written by Agatha Christie and presented by Student Association, Blackfriars & Oswego State Theatre, is a student honors production directed by Anna Richardson. It tells the story of a group of strangers stranded in a lodge during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. Suspects include the newly married couple housekeepers, a spinster with a curious background, an architect, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, who no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed.
A classic “who done it” by one of the world’s most famous mystery writers. Produced under arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
March 3, 4, 5, 11, 12 • 7:30PM
March 13 • 2PM
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.
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
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
The Pirates of Penzance host a sherry party to celebrate the Frederic’s status of full-blown Pirate King upon his 21st birthday, whereby Frederic abruptly declares his distaste for the pirate’s life and intent to leave. Having spent his youth aboard the ship, Frederic has only laid eyes on his maid, yet now has fallen head over heals for Mabel the songbird daughter of Major General Stanley. A modern score filled with wit and whimsy, this classic by Gilbert and Sullivan is a delightful comedic romp.
Stage Direction by Christopher Carter Sanderson
Music Direction by Todd Graber
April 21, 22, 23, 29 • 7:30PM
May 1 • 2PM