Carter Pann brings new spin on classical music

Carter PannUp-and-coming composer Carter Pann’s original work with nods to many genres will mark the next installment of SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

With the composer visiting campus, the trio of pianist Robert Auler, violinist Irina Muresanu and cellist Greg Wood will showcase Pann’s recent work “Nicky’s Trio (Piano Trio No. 1)” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Auler described it as a “hip composition” that is very accessible with diverse styles that will appeal to a wide variety of music fans.

“Having the composer there is a real treat,” said Auler, an assistant professor of music at SUNY Oswego. It will provide a chance for Pann to come up on stage, talk to the audience and explain his compositions, Auler added.

Auler recalled Pann as the top-ranked composition student, a star in the making, when they both attended the University of Michigan. Now a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Pann has composed work performed by the London Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Symphony of Ireland, National Repertory, New York Youth Symphony and Syracuse Symphony orchestras, among others.

Although only in his early 30s, Pann has already made an impact on the classical music world. Pann’s “Slalom” was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding at the 2001 Masterprize Finals and has subsequently been performed throughout Europe.

The Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra of Brno recorded four of his orchestral works, and the resulting “The Piano Concerto” received Grammy consideration. In addition, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra jumped to record Pann’s “Clarinet Concerto,” commissioned for Richard Stoltzman. The Ying Quartet—who kicked off Oswego’s Ke-Nekt series in 2004—commissioned Pann’s “Love Letters” (String Quartet No. 1) for their Life Music emerging composers project.

The young composer’s work transcends classical boundaries by factoring in influences from jazz, ragtime, rock ‘n’ roll “and even a hoedown,” Auler said.

Hosted by Artswego and the SUNY Oswego music department, Pann’s residency will include outreach sessions for students and members of the community. “Conversation with Carter Pann” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Church of the Resurrection, 120 W. Fifth St. in Oswego. Pann also will offer an interactive informance—discussing his background, motivation and the creative process—at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall on campus. Both admission-free sessions are open to the public and feature question-and-answer periods.

A grant from the Rosamond Gifford Foundation supports this year’s Ke-Nekt series, with additional funding for Pann’s appearance provided by Meet the Composer’s Creative Connections. WCNY Classic FM provides media support.

Tickets for the Feb. 15 evening concert in Sheldon Hall cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students).

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

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(Posted: Jan 27, 2006)