SATB's vocal stylings continue chamber music series
SUNY Oswego’s Ke-nekt’ chamber music series will continue with the four-part choral harmonies of SATB at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.
The group includes SUNY Oswego music faculty member Todd Graber who, as tenor, represents the “T” in SATB. Other members include soprano Julia Broxholm, alto Wendy Bloom and bass Chris Grapentine. Russell Miller serves as the quartet’s music director and accompanist.
SATB consists of classically trained musicians who can tackle such styles as chamber music, vocal jazz, baroque or Broadway.
The South Bend Tribune in Indiana hailed SATB as “the epitome of expressive vocal professionalism” with “singers who listened to each other and created a true choral ensemble.” The Grand Rapids Press in Michigan applauded the group’s “rich, resonant, classically trained sound that normally is the first casualty in jazz.”
The first half of their full-length Oswego concert will feature classical chamber works from such 19th and 20th century composers as Giaocchino Rossini, R. Murray Schafer, Camille Saint-Saens, Robert Schumann and Benjamin Britten.
The second half will consist of two compilations of show tunes, “A Kurt Weill Cabaret” and “George and Ira Gershwin,” arranged by Jerry Puit. While some of the songs are from long-forgotten shows, many have gone on to become jazz and pop standards, Graber said.
“We like to hit people up front with the interesting works from the chamber vocal genre, many of which are not often performed,” Graber explained. They also give the audience more context about the choral songs and offer bits of translation.
“We try to pick songs that are accessible on first listen,” Graber said of their overall musical selection. “We try to find things that are entertaining and audiences can absorb.”
The group also will present its musical education program, called SINGamijig, to community audiences during their residency at Oswego. SATB will present this program twice Monday, Oct. 18—at 6 p.m. at the River’s End Bookstore in downtown Oswego and at 8 p.m. in the basement lounge of Hart Hall on campus.
SATB will also share information on the art of musical collaboration and a few samples of their tunes at an admission-free informance at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19.
“The chamber music series started in style with a packed house to see the excellent Ying Quartet perform with two of our faculty, Rob Auler and Seung hee Yang,” said Julie Pretzat, professor and chair of the SUNY Oswego music department. “The SATB presentation will spotlight some great singers who bring a lot of fun to their performance.”
Tickets to the full-length SATB performance in the Sheldon Hall ballroom cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for SUNY Oswego students.
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(Posted: Sep 30, 2004)