College musical talent showcased at 'Collage' fundraiser

choir rehearsalStudents and faculty from SUNY Oswego’s music department will showcase their skills during the annual “Collage” fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

The fast-paced show will feature “a series of spotlight pieces moving from one performance to another so that the effect is an integrated program of music,” said music faculty member Rob Auler, who coordinates the performance.

Past programs moved so quickly there wasn’t even time for applause until intermission or the end of the show, he added.

Music will encompass classical, jazz and show tunes performed by large ensembles, smaller select combos, chamber groups and soloists.

This year’s “Collage” has seen the most student auditions ever, and they were impressive enough to all be included, Auler said.

“The level of the ensembles performing will remain high, but what’s most impressive is how the student performers have really raised their game,” Auler noted.

Individual student involvement will include four pianists, two vocal soloists and a student composition that will be performed by a faculty quartet. Groups performing will include the College Choir, College-Community Orchestra, Concert Band, State Singers, SUNY Oswego Jazz Ensemble and Recorder Consort.

A special highlight will be a performance by the Oswego Jazz Project with special guest Rick Balestra on guitar. The group’s self-titled CD will also be available for sale at the show.

Cost to attend is $10 ($5 for seniors, students and SUNY Oswego students). All proceeds benefit the SUNY Oswego Music Department Excellence Fund.

The college’s “Business of Music” class is selling tickets for the show as part of a group assignment, with tickets also available through Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Assembling a ‘Collage’— SUNY Oswego students and faculty are preparing for the music department’s annual “Collage” concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. The fast-paced show is a fundraiser for the SUNY Oswego Music Department Excellence Fund. Ensembles performing will include the College Choir, shown here with (from left) Heather McDonald, Nicole Arbes and Hannah Nevitt.

(Posted: Mar 07, 2007)

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