Chamber music series to offer six concerts

imageEverything from classical to contemporary to klezmer will infuse this year’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

The Ke-Nekt series, developed by the SUNY Oswego music department and Artswego, will feature six concerts during the 2005-06 academic year.

The Yang-Shin-Yang Trio will launch the series’ second season with a Wednesday, Sept. 14, concert. This combo features SUNY Oswego faculty member Seung hee Yang on violin, Syracuse University pianist WeiYi Yang and visiting performer Pitnarry Shin on cello. They will perform a classical piano trio program.

“Klezmer and More: Linda and Larry Maxey” will bring this lively style of Jewish folk music to the lakeside campus on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Linda Maxey performs a marimba repertoire that includes George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” while Larry Maxey, a professor at Kansas University, plays the clarinet and will join pianist Juan La Manna of the SUNY Oswego music faculty for Niels W. Gade’s Romantic period clarinet piece “Fantasy” and a sonatina by Joseph Horowitz.

The Pioneers Saxophone Quartet will explore new territory for their instrument on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The group consists of SUNY Oswego faculty member Angela Space, Lynn Klock from the University of Massachusetts, David Pope from James Madison University and George Weremchuk of the University of Central Florida. Their repertoire includes sax-heavy takes on traditional music, popular tunes, jazz and contemporary compositions.

The spring portion of the series will begin with “Carter Pann: New Sounds” on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Pann’s work infuses tonal qualities and humor into eclectic work that quotes other composers in various shades of subtlety. Pann’s team will include SUNY Oswego faculty member Robert Auler on piano, Irina Muresanu on violin and Lindsay Groves on cello.

“Carla Kihlstedt: 2 Foot Yard” aims to blur the boundaries between art song and pop song on Wednesday, March 22. Composer, vocalist and violinist Kihlstedt, joined by cellist Marika Hughes and Shahzad Ismaily on percussion, try to push the envelope by exploring the warm tones of chamber music as well as the more jagged expression of rock sounds.

Vocalist Jacqueline Horner, who last visited SUNY Oswego as part of acclaimed group Anonymous 4, will wrap this year’s series with a performance on Wednesday, April 26. The soprano, who is also an expert in early and baroque music, will bring a repertoire that includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Wedding Cantata” and pieces by Henry Purcell, Claudio Monteverdi and others. Many SUNY Oswego faculty members will join her, with Todd Graber performing duets and Yang, Carol Fox, Daniel Barach, Juan F. La Manna and Elizabeth La Manna playing as an ensemble.

All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom on campus, except for the Kihlstedt appearance, which will take place in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

A grant from the Rosamond Gifford Foundation supports this year’s Ke-Nekt series. WCNY Classic FM provides media support.

Tickets for each performance cost $15, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students. Discounted season tickets cost $60, $40 for seniors and students, $20 for SUNY Oswego students.

For a brochure with more information or to make reservations, call Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail

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PHOTO CAPTION: Series return—The eclectic music of Carla Kihlstedt and her band 2 Foot Yard will be among the offerings as the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series returns to SUNY Oswego.

CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or

(Posted: Aug 03, 2005)