SUNY Oswego’s Artswego performing arts series regularly brings creative artists to campus and engages them in workshops and demonstrations in schools and other venues in the surrounding area.
In recognition of this commitment to serious modern music, Artswego was one of only five presenters to receive Chamber Music Association/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming last year.
Artswego and Oswego’s music department “have worked diligently to introduce the work of contemporary composers,” said Artswego coordinator Mary Avrakotos, as the program balances acquainting new audience members with the classical repertoire and challenging the community with new and ambitious work.
The 2010 award recognized programming in the 2008-09 year, when the college presented a newly commissioned oratorio and more than half of Artswego’s programming featured work by contemporary and emerging composers. Last year the tradition continued with the quintet Imani Winds performing new works and presenting a week of outreach programs, and composer and pianist Bob Washut unveiling two new pieces that the college commissioned.
Photo: Daniel Bernard Roumain was among composers conducting creative outreach in the Oswego area.