Diverse program slated for Feb. 28 Winter Concert

The SUNY Oswego music department will present a Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. This is a change from the originally planned “Night of Broadway” concert, which has been re-scheduled to May 10 in Waterman Theatre.

The Winter Concert will feature the Concert Band, College Choir and State Singers. In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth this year, the College Choir will perform two Mozart pieces—his well-known “Ave Verum Corpus” and the “Gloria” movement from the Twelfth Mass.

The State Singers will perform three settings of texts about nightingales, two by Romantic-era German composers Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms.

The College Choir will join the Concert Band in the performance of two pieces. “Be Thou My Vision” is a setting of the traditional hymn “Slane,” and John Leavitt’s “A Jubilant Song” is an upbeat contemporary setting of a text by Walt Whitman.

In addition to the works for combined band and choir, the Concert Band also will perform Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E flat. It is one of the first pieces written for concert band and is a staple in the repertoire. It was composed in 1909 and has three movements entitled “Chaconne,” “Intermezzo” and “March.”

“Throughout the piece, band members are featured as soloists on the melodies for which Holst is well known,” said Dr. Julie Pretzat, professor and chair of music at SUNY Oswego.

Admission to the concert is free of charge. Persons with disabilities seeking accommodations to attend this event should contact the music department at 312-2130 in advance.

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(Posted: Feb 15, 2006)