September 2016 – March 2017
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
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”
Performing Arts Series: Ailey II
One of America’s most beloved dance companies returns to the ARTSwego stage. Sylvia Waters, founding artistic director, received an honorary doctorate from SUNY Oswego in 1996. Her successor Troy Powell carries forward and refreshes the Alvin Ailey vision of artistic excellence and outreach. New works and classic repertoire.
“Amazing young dancers giving their all to choreography…”
— New York Times
Monday, March 27, 2017 • 7:30PM
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Directed by Devin Brain
America’s premiere touring classical theatre company presents their diverse-cast production of this Shakespeare classic. With a presidential election year and the “Ides of March” just behind us, take time to reflect on ambition, loyalty, love of country, backroom politics, and the historical patterns we can’t stop repeating.
“Delivered…crisply and compellingly”
—New York Times
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 • 7:30PM
X: A New Play by Marcus Gardley
Directed by Ian Belknap
The assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and details seldom shared—brought vividly and lyrically to life. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar provides the framework for an award-winning playwright to deepen our understanding of this complex, compelling figure in the tumultuous era of the 1960s.
“One of the most promising contemporary playwrights”