Ke-Nekt series to highlight variety in chamber music

due eastSUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series this season aims to show many faces and facets of chamber music.

All performances in the six-concert series will begin at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a 7 p.m. pre-concert talk, on Wednesdays in the Sheldon Hall ballroom on campus.

The series will begin with “Britten and Poulenc Interlude” on Sept. 12. Featuring mezzo-soprano Wendy Bloom and hosted by SUNY Oswego music faculty member Todd Graber, this concert will showcase the work and longtime collaboration of chamber-music composers Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc in the middle of the 20th century.

The Oct. 10 program will offer “An Homage to Steve Reich,” honoring one of the genre’s most important modern composers, said Robert Auler, the SUNY Oswego faculty host. Reich is slated to attend this show, which will feature guest performers including pianist Andrew Russo, cellist Felix Fan and percussionists Joanna Anderson, Robert Bridge, David Cossin and Jennifer Vacanti.

“Viola Center Stage” on Feb. 13 will spotlight an instrument sometimes regarded as the “middle child” of the violin family, said Elizabeth La Manna, Oswego’s faculty host for the concert. Simon Rowland-Jones, one of Europe’s premiere violists, will be among the performers in a concert featuring the Bach Brandenburg Suite No. 6, Mozart String Quartet in B flat, Vaughn Williams’ “Phantasy for String Quartet” and Rowland-Jones’ “Solo Suite.”

A flexible ensemble of versatile young artists with ties to Central New York forms the Upstate X-tet, which will perform Feb. 27. Auler, the faculty host for the concert, is among the members of this group that seeks out challenging works like Olivier Messiaen’s mystical “Quartet for the End of Time.”

Due East—featuring the flute of Erin Lesser and percussion of Greg Beyer—will head north to Oswego for a March 5 performance. Formed at the Manhattan School of Music in 2001, the duo looks to connect with audiences while breaking down traditional music barriers. Due East’s music incorporates multimedia and technology alongside folk-music type vocals and narratives. SUNY Oswego’s Trevor Jorgensen will host this performance.

Gamelan Lila Muni (Heavenly Sound) will wrap the Ke-Nekt season on April 16. Founded in 1993, this Balinese gamelan angklung orchestra includes students, faculty and staff from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. Modeled on an orchestra traditionally employed for ritual functions, Gamelan Lila Muni performs music ranging from ceremonial pieces to modern secular dances. Sylvia Alajaji directs the ensemble. Oswego’s Eric Schmitz will serve as faculty host.

Tickets for individual concerts cost $15 ($10 for senior citizens or students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). Purchasing season tickets yields a discount price of $60 for the general public—$40 for seniors or students, $20 for SUNY Oswego students—to attend all six shows.

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(Posted: Aug 22, 2007)