Visiting artists to jazz up Oswego shows

Toby KoenigsbergTwo guest artists—pianist Toby Koenigsberg of the University of Oregon and bassist Ike Sturm of St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan—will share some jazz at SUNY Oswego in February.

The visiting musicians will join drummer Eric Schmitz of SUNY Oswego’s music faculty for a jazz trio performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. Suggested admission donation is $5 to benefit that SUNY Oswego Music Department Excellence Fund. SUNY Oswego students will be admitted free.

Koenigsberg, an assistant professor of jazz studies at Oregon, also will present a jazz piano recital at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. Selections will include works from John Coltrane, Cole Porter, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Admission will be free.

Schmitz graduated from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music with Stern, who is the assistant director of jazz at St. Peter’s, and Koenigsberg, who has toured and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Schmitz offered high praise for the visiting musicians’ playing abilities and communication skills.

For more information, call 312-2130.

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(Posted: Jan 30, 2008)