Office of Public Affairs
March 28, 2001
CONTACT: Stan Gosek, 312-2130
OSWEGO ALUMNI CELEBRATE AT CONCERT
WITH TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR SOLURI
OSWEGO -- Two SUNY Oswego student musical ensembles -- Solid State and StateSingers will present their spring concert at 8 p.m. April 7 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. A portion of the concert will be a tribute to StateSingers' founder Dr. Jim Soluri, who retired last year.
Soluri founded the StateSingers in 1965. The contemporary vocal group has a repertoire encompassing pop, Broadway, gospel, jazz and rock music. Over a quarter of a century, Soluri created 300 vocal arrangements for this group that have given it a distinctive identity.
The free admission April 7 concert will feature a percussion-propelled Latin jazz and pop set.
Latin music has always played a major part in the programming of both groups. The concert will feature some of the most noteworthy examples of this genre spanning the entire history of the Latin "big band" from the '30s to the present. Works by such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Thelonious Monk and Oswego music director Stan Gosek will cover the spectrum of Latin dance music from mambo to samba, and bossa nova to salsa.
Soluri and Gosek jointly composed many of the arrangements featured in this set during their 10-plus years of collaboration as directors of StateSingers and Solid State.
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During a set designed as a tribute to Soluri, current Solid State and StateSingers groups will join with alumni soloists in recreating some of
the classic Soluri works such as "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Day by Day," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Don't Wanna Lose You Now," "My House," "Bring Me a Higher Love/The Finer Things" and Soluri's most famous closer, "Show Me the Way."
Alumni guest performers will include John Paxton '65, Karin Franklin '71, Edna Jesse '83, Mark Finegan '89, Kahan Sablo '90, Cynthia Wyffels '91 and Joe Spado '96.
Oswego alumni will honor Soluri at a reception afterward in The Forum in Hewitt Union. Advance reservations are required by March 30. There is a $10 charge. Reservations may be made by calling 312-2258, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Web.
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