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April 1, 2003
MUSICAL RETROSPECTIVE TO HONOR RETIRING PROFESSOR STAN GOSEK
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego's Solid State and State Singers will present "A Retrospective of Stan's Tunes," highlighting original compositions and arrangements by retiring music Professor Stan Gosek, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
The lineup will include such standards as "In the Mood," "Over the Rainbow" and "Summertime"; original big-band compositions such as "Niteroi" and "Blues for 'Trane"; and premieres of new arrangements of "Sweeney Todd" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."
Gosek, who will retire at the end of this year, was appointed to the college in 1981 and became director of Solid State in 1984, replacing group founder Hugh Burritt. Gosek has directed Oswego's jazz studies program, teaching courses such as "Evolution of Jazz and Rock," "Jazz Improvisation" and "Jazz Arranging."
In 1991, he became director of State Singers, the college's pop vocal ensemble. Under the previous direction of founder and creative force Dr. James Soluri, the group had worked closely with Solid State in concerts featuring original arrangements by Gosek, Burritt and Soluri.
When Gosek assumed leadership of both groups, he established an even tighter working relationship. Subsequent collaborations included the "Miles Davis/Dizzy Gillespie Tribute," the "Solid State/State Singers Reunion Concert" and the innovative "Cool Tunes Show," a visual and musical tribute to popular animated films, Gosek recalled.
Gosek expanded the touring range of activity and exposure of the groups, with traditional visits at schools throughout the state augmented by appearances at such prominent jazz events as the Cleveland Tri-C-Jazz Fest and the New York State Intercollegiate Jazz Festival. Following the upcoming concert, the groups are scheduled to appear at the Williams College Jazz Festival in Massachusetts.
"Particularly noteworthy were two very successful tours to the Caribbean Island of Montserrat, British West Indies, in 1986 and 1989," Gosek said. In conjunction with the Emerald Singers, the groups produced a CD, "Leeward Rendezvous," at the famous Air Studios on Montserrat. Established by Beatles collaborator George Martin, Air Studios has hosted some of the top names in music, including Elton John, The Police and Paul McCartney, Gosek said.
Well-known to area audiences as the keyboard player and leader of the Freefall jazz combo, the Freefall Orchestra and the Oswego County Summer Stage Band, Gosek also has been active for many years as a member of the program committee for Harborfest. In September, during this year's Solid State/State Singers Reunion Weekend, many of his former students will arrange a musical tribute to his many accomplishments and contributions as a teacher, director and chair of the music department.
Saturday's admission-free performance is sponsored by the SUNY Oswego music department and Student Association. Because there is no reserved seating, attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
For more information, contact the music department at 312-2130.
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