ARTS @ Oswego

October 2015 – April 2016

German Movie Series: In July (Im Juli) @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm

In July

When a shy teacher travels across southeastern Europe to meet the woman he loves, he picks up a hitchhiker who has feelings for him. What follows is a series of comedic adventures and misadventures, including a solar eclipse, a special ring, a dead body, a van driven by a temptress and much more.

In German with English Subtitles
Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Official Movie Trailer

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

Helen Yorke2

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

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo: “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm

Buckminster Fuller

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

Project Webpage

Band Webpage

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.