Professor's solo piano concert to span classical, jazz

Robert AulerPianist Robert M. Auler of SUNY Oswego’s music faculty will present a solo program ranging from Beethoven and Bach to Gershwin and jazz at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Auler will perform the work of Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, Samuel Barber and George Gershwin.

“The George Gerswhin preludes are written in classical form, but exhibit jazz style, harmony and rhythm,” Auler noted. Jazz fans and those who catch weekly Wednesday shows of the Oswego Jazz Project, of which Auler is a member, at King Arthur’s Steakhouse in Oswego, “will relate to this wonderful set of three miniatures,” he added.

“The Gerswhin, together with the Samuel Barber sonata, constitute two pieces from the American concert repertoire of the 20th century,” Auler explained. “Both are important American contributions to the piano repertoire. Both feature jazzy rhythms, extended harmony and a mixture of lyrical beauty and up-tempo virtuoso pianism.”

Admission is a suggested $5 donation, benefiting the music department’s excellence fund, with SUNY Oswego students admitted free. For more information, call 312-2130.

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(Posted: Sep 04, 2007)