Upstate X-tet to continue Ke-Nekt series

Upstate X-tetThe Upstate X-tet will offer fresh, flexible takes on chamber music with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The performance is part of SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

The X-tet consists of cellist Wesley Baldwin from the University of Tennessee music faculty; clarinetist Jill Coggiola and violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo, both of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra; percussionist Rob Bridge of Onondaga Community College music faculty; and pianist Robert Auler of SUNY Oswego, also serving as faculty host.

“The group aims to bring 20th century masterworks to life for audiences who may be unfamiliar with this repertoire,” Auler said. “The group tries to put a welcoming face on this repertoire, through a relaxed stage demeanor, talks with the audience and a passionate commitment to bringing the music to life on stage.”

“X-tet” is a play on the words “quartet,” “quintet” and “sextet” and acknowledges the 20th century’s trend toward more diverse instrumentation in chamber works, Auler said. “With the flexibility of this group, the group may perform works with unusual arrangements of instruments,” he added.

The concert program will include Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E minor and a non-traditional quartet by Messiaen titled “Quartet for the End of Time” featuring piano, violin, cello and clarinet.

Members will also use their music and education backgrounds to share their knowledge and experiences while visiting SUNY Oswego.

Bridge will discuss “Percussion a la John Cage,” detailing and performing selections from the groundbreaking composer, at a free interactive informance at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall, part of SUNY Oswego’s College Hour programming.

In addition, a Ke-Nekt Young Professionals gathering will follow the concert; for details, contact

Tickets to the full-length evening concert cost $15 ($10 for senior citizens and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students).

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(Posted: Feb 06, 2008)