Tribute concert to Pulitzer winner set March 4

Aaron Jay KernisSUNY Oswego will host a free tribute concert to Aaron Jay Kernis, the youngest Pulitzer Prize for music winner, in the March 4 installment of the college’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

The concert, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, unfolds in cooperation with Le Moyne College and Onondaga Community College. Faculty performers from all three colleges will play in tribute.

Kernis will introduce the show with a 7 p.m. talk.

Earning the Pulitzer Prize for “String Quartet No. 2, Musica Instrumentalis” in 1998, Kernis has been praised as “the most consistently exhilarating of the younger American postmodernists” by the New York Observer. Added Andrew Porter in The New Yorker: “Kernis’s invention is exuberant.”

Self-taught on violin, piano and composition, Kernis later trained at the San Francisco Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. He has won honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the American Academy in Rome.

In addition to his Pulitzer work, other notable Kernis pieces include “Newly Drawn Sky” (2005), “Colored Field” (2002), “New Era Dance” (1992) and “Musica Celestis” (1990).

For information, call 312-2141 or visit www.oswego.edu/ke-nekt.

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(Posted: Feb 18, 2009)

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