ARTS @ Oswego

October 2015 – March 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.

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Bacchae” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 2:00 pm


The Bacchae, directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson and adapted from Euripides by Matthew Gasda, is considered to be Euripides’ greatest tragedy. Author Matthew Gasda updates this classic for the next generation in this world premiere. Gasda’s adaptation integrates the chorus into the plot, and the god is not a distant presence but rather, a character.

“A great script; intense, poetic, bloody, sexy, intellectually provocative and authentic,” states NYC based and Oswego State director Christopher Carter Sanderson, The Bacchae will awaken your appreciation for classic Greek theatre.

October 22 • 2PM
October 23, 24, 29, 30 • 7:30PM
October 31 • 2PM

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

Dorrance Dance Performance: “SOUNDspace” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm
Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield Photography

Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield Photography

Michelle Dorrance is one of the brightest stars in contemporary tap dance. A featured choreographer at Jacob’s Pillow for the past two summers, she will re-stage one of her most original and exciting works— SOUNDspace— in SUNY Oswego’s Hewitt Union Ballroom. She’s paid her dues with popular touring shows like STOMP, and now leads her own gifted company. An exciting treat for the eyes and ears!

“Inventive, imaginative take on tap!” —Boston Globe

“Michelle Dorrance is not only a dynamo in tap shoes but a compelling, imaginative choreographer as well. She and her company… performed… works that stretch the boundaries of tap.”
-Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe

“Ms. Dorrance makes full use of tone, timbre, volume, tempo and, of course, rhythm, constructing patterns that lock together thrillingly…The main emotion that “SOUNDspace” produced was excitement: excitement about sounds, and about the development of this talented choreographer, the most promising one in tap right now.”
-Brian Seibert, The New York Times

Michelle Dorrance named 2015 MacArthur Fellow “Genius Award” Winner. Watch Interview and Dance Video

Dorrance Dance “SOUNDSPACE” Excerpts
Dorrance Dance Website

Michelle Dorrance 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.

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Stone Age” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm


The Stone Age is a devised theatre project with the University of Calcutta, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and International Education and Programs. Directed by Aditya Sengupta with Assistant Directors Kheya Chattopadhyay and Jonel Langenfeld, it is an intercultural production written, produced and cast by visiting scholars from the University of Calcutta, India.

The performance centers around five Asian youth who move to New York City and their struggle to cope with a new culture, social mores, and bullying. When displaced youth turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with their insecurities the group discovers the answers are in self-acceptance, kindness and that everyone faces challenges regardless of skin color or nationality.

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

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Mouse Trap” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm


The Mouse Trap, written by Agatha Christie and presented by Student Association, Blackfriars & Oswego State Theatre, is a student honors production directed by Anna Richardson. It tells the story of a group of strangers stranded in a lodge during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. Suspects include the newly married couple housekeepers, a spinster with a curious background, an architect, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, who no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed.

A classic “who done it” by one of the world’s most famous mystery writers. Produced under arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

March 3, 4, 5, 11, 12 • 7:30PM
March 13 • 2PM