Due East heads north for Ke-Nekt performance

due eastDue East will present the distinct pairing of flute and percussion playing mostly new compositions at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

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

Percussionist Greg Beyer and flutist Erin Lesser formed the duo in 2001 at the Manhattan School of Music. While they are each solo virtuosos, their partnership focuses on working with young and emerging composers to create a unique and engaging 21st century repertoire.

To underscore this, four selections Due East will perform at Oswego were written in the 21st century: Alexandre Lunsqui’s “Ligare,” Jeffrey Harrington’s “Valley Spirit and Wind Master,” Joseph Harchanko’s “West” and John Supko’s “Littoral.” Rounding out the program is Jim Hiscott’s “Red Dawn,” which will feature SUNY Oswego faculty host Trevor Jorgensen on clarinet.

The duo seeks to present varied and engaging shows, with selections ranging from multimedia and technology-driven to world-music songs with folksong narratives and vocals. Beyer incorporates many non-Western instruments into his expertise, including playing the Afro-Brazilian berimbau in many Due East performances.

Lesser and Beyer will demonstrate and discuss their collaboration at a free interactive informance at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall, part of SUNY Oswego’s College Hour programming.

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

For information or reservations, call 312-2141, e-mail tickets@oswego.edu or visit www.oswego.edu/ke-nekt.

For evening and weekend events at SUNY Oswego, visitors may park in any campus lot free of charge.

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(Posted: Feb 13, 2008)