ARTS @ Oswego

October 2015 – April 2016

Focus on Faculty: Todd Graber & Friends: Solo and Chamber Vocal Music @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Oct 18 @ 3:00 pm

Carol Chapman-Lisa Casey

Carol Chapman, soprano and Lisa Casey, horn (Missouri State University), and Russell Miller, piano (Eastman School of Music) join Todd Graber, tenor (SUNY Oswego) in a recital of art songs by Schubert, Debussy, Rorem, Poulenc and Strauss.

Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: Pianist Helen Yorke @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm

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Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 PM
Host: Mihoko Tsutsumi

Helen Yorke’s international reputation as a vocal coach and consultant developed from her role as a pianist in close collaboration with top-level singers. Her most enduring partnership was with Renee Fleming, performing as her exclusive recital pianist for over a decade of concerts. Join the London-based artist for an engaging program of solo piano literature.

Helen Yorke Website

The Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: The Bacchus Saxophone Quartet featuring Dr. Robert Young @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm

Saxophone Quartet

Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 PM
Host: Trevor Jorgensen

Dr. Robert Young of the SUNY-Potsdam Crane School of Music has garnered awards and recognition at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition (NYC), the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. He performs with fellow saxophonists Trevor Jorgensen, Dan Blumenthal, and Marilee Blumenthal in a delightful evening of quartet music for the instrument.

World Premiere Performance of Gregory Wanamaker’s “…unsettled, unphased…” with Dr. Robert Young

Robert Young Website

Focus on Faculty: Rob Auler, Piano “Outtakes” @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Nov 15 @ 3:00 pm

Robert Auler

Auler pairs three classical variation sets (Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart) with jazz transcriptions (Jarrett, Evans, Hancock) – exploring similarities and differences across classical and jazz genres.

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

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.