ARTS @ Oswego

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December 2015 – April 2016

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Stone Age” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm


Friday, December 4 • 7:30PM
Saturday, December 5 • 2:00PM

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.

A Musical Experience with Sam Hurley @ Sheldon Hall Lower Lobby
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm

Musical Experience

A Musical Experience features SUNY Oswego student Sam Hurley with friends, fellow students and music faculty Dr. Eric Schmitz

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

Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series: Jazz Bassist Larry Grenadier @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Larry Grenadier2

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 @ 7:30 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.

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
duo parnas performing Kodaly – Duo for Violin & Cello – i

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.