Gifford Foundation supports music education outreach

A $13,877 grant from the Gifford Foundation is the catalyst for extending the reach of SUNY Oswego’s Ke-nekt Chamber Music Series.

As the major sponsor for the series, the foundation helps to close the gap between revenue from ticket sales and the cost of mounting the series and providing outreach programs for the Central New York community.

Performers coming to campus with the Pioneer Saxophone Quartet concert on Wednesday, Nov. 2, will participate in programs at area high schools, meeting with a SUNY Oswego French class and providing an admission-free informance that is open to the public.

The quartet—saxophonists George Weremchuk, Lynn Klock, David Pope and SUNY Oswego music faculty member Angela Space—will spend two full days at Liverpool High School and West Genesee High School where they will provide lecture/demonstrations and master classes.

They will also visit a SUNY Oswego French class where they will talk about the French origin of the saxophone during the 1940s. There they will also perform a piece by Alfred Desenclos that epitomizes standard repertoire for saxophone. This piece was originally commissioned by the French Parliament for March Mule’s saxophone quartet. Mule was one of the first saxophone soloists and teachers.

Outreach programs will culminate with an informance at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall. Through conversation and the performance of selected excerpts from their repertoire, the Pioneer Quartet members will explain how they explore the new territory of saxophone quartet music. This program is free and open to the general public.

The formal concert will take places later in the evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom on the SUNY Oswego campus. Tickets for the concert cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). Reservations for the evening show can be made through Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or

Over the past several years, the Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corp. has extended its reach to include Oswego County. A part of its mission is to serve as a catalyst for the kind of creative collaboration that has resulted in the creation and development of the Ke-nekt Chamber Music Series and related outreach programs.

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(Posted: Oct 28, 2005)