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Jan. 15, 2003
OSWEGO -- Billed as "the Boston Pops in Brass," the River City Brass Band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre at SUNY Oswego. The 28-piece band's show will kick off the spring season of the Artswego Performing Arts Series.
"The River City Brass Band is renowned as a very talented and versatile group," said Artswego Performing Arts Coordinator Mary Avrakotos. "They can produce the full, rich sound of a symphony orchestra, the intimate music of a chamber orchestra, the toe-tapping rhythms of a military band and the swinging spirit of a big band."
Denis Colwell, the conductor and music director of the River City Brass Band, brings decades of experience to leading the Pittsburgh-based group. He is a professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University.
Founded in 1981, the band regularly tours the United States, playing community concert series, major symphony pops lineups and arts festivals. In 1988, the group joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as America's musical representatives for a series of Australian Bicentennial celebrations.
A quintet from the River City Brass Band will offer an admission-free interactive informance at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 in Room 41 of Tyler Hall. Terry Caviness of SUNY Oswego's music department will facilitate the session, which will include selected pieces from the band's repertoire and a question-and-answer session.
Tickets for the evening performance -- which will include the appearance of local students during the show's finale -- are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors and students, and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. A special family package, with two adult and two student tickets, is available for $49. For information or reservations, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail
The concert is supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Vira I. Heinz endowment; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
WCNY and ClearChannel Radio, through its affiliate 570-WSYR AM, provide media support.
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