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Aug. 9, 2001
CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581
OSWEGO -- The Artswego program at SUNY Oswego will cook up a diverse menu of music and performances for the 2001-2002 season.
"The theme for this year's lineup is 'We're Serving the Arts,' which reflects our commitment to provide a wide range of entertainment people could not otherwise sample," said Mary Avrakotos, Artswego coordinator.
The opening course is a show by performer Joanne Shenandoah on Saturday, Sept. 22. Shenandoah has earned widespread praise for her blending of traditional Native American music with her own compositions. Her newest disc, "Peacemaker's Journey," has earned her an Indie Award and follows the footsteps of the Peacemaker, a prophet credited with uniting warring factions among the Iroquois people during the mid-1400s. Her performance will start at 8 p.m. in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
A spicy dish of world jazz from Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Ache! will continue the Artswego series with a pair of shows -- at 8 and 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 -- at Timepieces, a cabaret-style venue in the basement of Hewitt Union. The four-piece band, led by master drummer Sanabria, offers a simmering mixture of Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, Brazilian and be-bop styles.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, the John Abercrombie Trio will headline a broad buffet of activities as part of Artswego's daylong Jazz Guitar Festival. The festival features workshops and performances throughout the day on the SUNY Oswego campus. The dessert will come with an 8 p.m. performance in the Hewitt Union ballroom highlighting Abercrombie, renowned for merging evolving technology with a tradition well-represented by jazz standards.
Musical trio Betty will dish out their songs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Hewitt Union ballroom. "With a Felliniesque flair for combining the surreal and the everyday, the women of Betty have created their own freak n' funk show," The Washington Post said of the act. Betty's music, according to the Morning Call, combines "elements of '40s big-band harmonies, '60s girl groups, '70s disco and '90s club tracks."
The exotic melange of Squonk's "BigSmorgasbordWunderWork" will take the stage at Oswego High School's Ralph M. Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. This touring groundbreaking musical stirs together ingredients that include the use of light and shadow, hypnotic music, puppetry, dance and visual effects in this artist-driven piece.
Bob Walsh & the Allard String Quartet will wrap up the musical menu with a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. Walsh, who annually plays about 200 shows around the world, combines the spirit of the blues with an accompanying band that includes classically trained string musicians.
Avrakotos said she is proud of the Artswego schedule as well as its affordability. "Students can experience these world-renowned productions for less than the cost of seeing a movie," she said of a special offer where SUNY Oswego students can attend any four performances for $20.
Tickets are also available on a per-show basis or for a season subscription with rates for students, seniors and the general public. For more information, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail
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