Students, faculty to perform in 'Collage' concert

choir rehearsesFaculty and student groups and soloists are getting in tune for the “Collage” concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

This fast-paced show, which supports scholarships for students in the music department, is in its second year. “It was very successful in its first year, and we hope to do even better this year,” said Rob Auler, an assistant professor of music who helps organize the concert.

“Collage” is a “fast-moving, production-oriented” variety evening where one group is spotlighted, and then another starts as soon as that one finishes, Auler said. The program moves so quickly that the idea is for people to hold their applause until the end of the show, he added.

Performing groups will include the College Choir and State Singers, both conducted by Julie Pretzat, and the Concert Band and College-Community Orchestra, both conducted by Angela Space.

Music faculty who will perform in groups or as soloists include Auler, Space, Todd Graber and Rebecca Horning.

Featured student showcases will include a performance by vocalist Dan Williams, a student of Graber, and a piano solo by Justin McVey, a student of Auler. A faculty combo will perform a student composition by Nick Gianopoulos.

The student a cappella group Boys Down the Hall will contribute their harmonies to the evening. In addition, students Megan McGarvey and Steve Mazzoccone, the leads in the upcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” will perform numbers from that musical.

Some students will play a role in “Collage” without even taking the stage. Auler has participants in his “Music Business” class learning while promoting the evening by making posters, talking to local businesses and selling tickets to members of the campus and community.

Tickets for the scholarship fundraiser cost $10 for the public, $5 for senior citizens, high school students and SUNY Oswego students. For information or reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Mar 09, 2006)

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