Shallit, Spindler to reawaken Romantic Period with violin, piano

Violinist Jon Shallit of the SUNY Oswego music department will pair with pianist Howard Spindler in a Focus on Faculty concert that seeks to evoke the meaning of the Romantic Period in music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

“I’ve tried to select pieces that convey the real meaning—the depth—of the period,” Shallit said of the concert, titled “The Romantic Spirit.”

Romanticism, while often dealing with intense feelings, “was not fluffy,” he said. Shallit and Spindler intend to speak about each selection and play in a style that faithfully supports their goal to demonstrate “the ethic and sentiment of the period.”

Spindler, an accomplished concert pianist who teaches in the Eastman Community Music School of the University of Rochester, has performed in the past with Shallit at SUNY Oswego, most recently last September for a Focus on Faculty concert titled “Suite of Songs and Dances from Ancient Times.”

In the Sept. 14 concert, the pair will offer selections from Edvard Grieg’s “Sonata in F Major for Violin and Piano, Opus 8”; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Melodie for Violin and Piano, Opus 42 No. 3”; “Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 105,” by Robert Schumann; “Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Opus 100,” by Johannes Brahms; and Cesar Franck’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major.”

Tickets for “The Romantic Spirit” are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students), available at the college’s Hewitt Union, Marano Campus Center and Oswego State Downtown box offices; online at tickets.oswego.edu and by phone at 315-312-2141.

Parking is included in the price of a ticket, and is available in the employee and commuter parking lots across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

For more information about this and other fine arts events at SUNY Oswego, visit oswego.edu/arts.

(Posted: Aug 29, 2014)

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