October 2014 – March 2015
The Guitar duo of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge is a collaborative effort founded in the roots of
acoustic music, exploring the worlds of improvisation and composition.
With Lage’s background in modern jazz and new music, and Eldridge’s deep relationship with bluegrass as well as his being a member of the widely acclaimed band, Punch Brothers, this duo lives at the nexus of improvisation, spontaneous composition, and virtuosic refinement, all performed on their respective 1939 Martin guitars.
Direct from Dakar, this chorus of sixteen singers and four traditional drummers performs repertoire ranging from familiar spirituals and traditional African songs to the magnificent masses composed by their noted founder, Julian Jouga.
They will be joined by SUNY Oswego’s State Singers who will sing “Vamuvamba” (They Crucified Him) by Boniface Mganga and “Tshotshoroza” arr. by Jeffery Ames.
Bassist Danny Ziemann joins OJP regulars Trevor Jorgensen (saxophone), Eric Schmitz (drums) and Rob Auler (keyboards) for a lively program of jazz standards and original compositions.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. Extend the Valentine’s season with a perfect evening; hear it with someone you love!
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.
Free and open to the public
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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.’