ARTS @ Oswego

October 2014 – April 2015

Oct
29
Wed
Ke-nekt’ Series: Sybarite5 @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm

2011 - Brian David Braun
Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: Sybarite5
Host: Robert Auler | Pre-concert Talk: 7:00 PM

“Their rock star status… is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” The Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sybarite5, the first string quintet ever selected as winners of Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60 year history, is comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass.

The group has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.

Sybarite5 on YouTube playing Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker”
Sybarite5 Website

Nov
9
Sun
Focus on Faculty: Robert Auler, Piano @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Nov 9 @ 3:00 pm

Robert Auler

An afternoon of solo piano music with commentary. The solo piano version of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and three piano transcriptions are highlights.

Nov
12
Wed
Ke-nekt’ Series: Bassoonist Gregory Quick @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm

greg quick pic

Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: Bassoonist Gregory Quick
Host: Trevor Jorgensen | Pre-concert Talk: 7:00 PM

Greg Quick joined the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra as its principal bassoonist in 1977 and has had several concerto performances with the SSO, including John Williams Five Sacred Trees in 1999. Additionally, he served as the Symphony personnel manager for 11 years from 1995 to 2006.

He was principal bassoon of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal, and the Toledo Zoo Band. Greg is an instructor and lecturer of Bassoon at Syracuse University and Hamilton College and has participated in the Skaneateles Festival and Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

Nov
23
Sun
Focus on Faculty: Todd Graber, Tenor; Mihoko Tsutsumi, Soprano; Juan F. La Manna, Piano @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Nov 23 @ 3:00 pm

Graber-Tsutsumi

Selected songs by Schubert and two song cycles by Schumann: the touching, intimate A Woman’s Love and Life and the dreamy The Poet’s Love.

Feb
18
Wed
Vocal Ensemble “Voice” @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

London Fields 2 - photo cr Yoshitaka Kono

Vocal Ensemble “Voice”

For their second American tour, the wonderful British ensemble, Voice, brings a program of songs exploring the beauty, heartache, and humor of love. The trio focuses the program, called If Music be the Food of Love, on the extraordinary role of women in music – as composer, performer and muse.

Extend the Valentine’s season with a perfect evening; hear it with someone you love!

Listen to Voice sing “Go Lassie, Go”

More about Voice

Feb
22
Sun
Focus on Faculty: Ahreum Kim, Violin; Robert Auler, Piano @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Feb 22 @ 3:00 pm

Kim-Auler

SUNY Oswego’s new Assistant Professor of violin and musicology performs the fiery and passionate Grieg Violin Sonata No. 3, in C minor, Op. 45 and other works for violin and piano.

Mar
25
Wed
Trombonists Maniacal 4 @ Marano Campus Center/Various Lounges/Outside Quad TBD
Mar 25 all-day

Maniacal 4

Free and open to the public
Check here for updates on times and locations for Maniacal 4

The Maniacal 4 is an internationally acclaimed group of ‘four great musicians telling one unified, inspiring musical story after another’. Hailed as ‘a force to be reckoned with,’ they have played concerts on three continents, entertaining audiences with a wide range of styles and time periods. Well versed in classical, jazz, Latin and rock music, M4 is also at home playing with a rhythm section or other media. M4 performs its concerts almost exclusively from memory, projecting a ‘clear, unified, uplifting and committed musical vision on par with great CHAMBER ensembles.’ With all four members early in their musical careers, ‘M4 has the goods to become one of the finest trombone quartets performing today.’

Maniacal 4 Website

Maniacal 4 “One Year At a Glance”

Apr
8
Wed
Ke-nekt’ Series: Trumpeter Dave Douglas @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm

Dave Douglas

Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: Trumpeter Dave Douglas
Host: Eric Schmitz | Pre-concert Talk: 7:00 PM

Dave Douglas arguably is the most original trumpeter/composer of his generation. Douglas’ stylistic
range is broad yet unaffected; his music is not a pastiche, but rather reflects a personal aesthetic of a wide variety of interests. He explicitly cites such diverse influences as Igor Stravinsky, Stevie Wonder, and John Coltrane.

As a composer, Douglas adapts and synthesizes unusual forms and creates his own out of
disparate elements. As a trumpeter, he possesses a comprehensive jazz technique; certainly one hears the ghost of Lester Bowie in Douglas’ expressive manipulations of timbre and pitch, but more pronounced is the integration of distinctive compositional and improvisational conceptions that ultimately defines his work.

Dave Douglas on YouTube

Dave Douglas Website

Apr
12
Sun
Focus on Faculty: Trevor Jorgensen, Clarinet; Robert Auler, Piano @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Apr 12 @ 3:00 pm

Jorgensen-Auler

Jorgensen and Auler recently performed together at Argentina’s famed Teatro Colon. They reprise their collaboration for this program of 19th and 20th century masterworks.