SUNY Oswego Night at the Symphony shows campus community support for SSO

Friday, Feb. 25, will be SUNY Oswego Night at the Symphony—the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. College alumni, emeriti and parents of current students are invited to the 8 p.m. concert at the Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse along with Oswego students, faculty and staff.

The occasion features ticket discounts, a special pre-concert reception, and the option of traveling by bus from the college campus. Oswego concertgoers are encouraged to wear green and gold.

Nexus performing.The program will feature Nexus, a percussion ensemble from Canada, performing one of their signature pieces, “From Me Flows What You Call Time” by Toru Takemitsu, with its dazzling array of bells, drums, marimbas and wind chimes. This work, written with each Nexus member’s personality in mind, was premiered for Carnegie Hall’s centennial celebration with Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The Washington Post called it “a work of mesmerizing beauty.”

“Nexus is in it for the joy of making music,” Takemitsu said. “They love music and perform anytime, anywhere. There can be no other explanation for their music than this: while they are in full possession of . . . astounding technique . . . they perform simply for the pleasure of it.”

The New York Times has called the five members of Nexus “the high priests of the percussion world,” and contemporary American composer Steve Reich has called them “probably the most acclaimed percussion group on earth.”

Also on the program will be Reich’s “Music for Pieces of Wood” and Jean Sibelius’ exhilarating second symphony, a late Romantic work that is his most popular and most often recorded symphony. Kazuyoshi Akiyama will conduct.

SUNY Oswego alumni, emeriti, parents, students, faculty and staff are eligible for a 20 percent discount on concert tickets in any seating area Feb. 25. A special SUNY Oswego section in the balcony has tickets priced at $12 for SUNY Oswego affiliates and free for students with SUNY Oswego identification.

To order tickets, call the SSO box office, 424-8200. To get the 20 percent discount, concertgoers need to identify themselves as part of the SUNY Oswego group attending Feb. 25.

People traveling from Oswego may sign up to take a college-sponsored bus at no charge. It will leave from the parking lot in front of Culkin Hall at 6:15 p.m. To reserve a spot on the bus, call the dean’s office of the college’s School of Communications, Media and the Arts at 312-2156. Parking is free in campus lots evenings and weekends.

A pre-concert reception—with a chance for SUNY Oswego affiliates to meet some of the musicians performing that night—will begin at 7 p.m. in the offices of the Cultural Resources Council. Entry is to the left of the SSO box office at 411 Montgomery St.

A number of individuals in the greater campus community are making personal donations to fund the SUNY Oswego Night at the Symphony bus, pre-concert reception, student tickets and a gift to the SSO. The Cultural Resources Council will provide space for the reception.

“The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra adds a vibrancy and richness to Central New York that is one of this area’s many attractions,” said Julie Harrison Blissert, director of public affairs at SUNY Oswego. “In its 50th year—and our 150th as a college—we wanted to pitch in to help assure the SSO’s longevity.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Drummers extraordinaire—Nexus, a Canadian ensemble, will be the guest artists with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 25, which is SUNY Oswego Night at the Symphony. College alumni, emeriti, parents of current students, faculty, staff and students are invited to the 8 p.m. concert in Syracuse, with perks including ticket discounts, a pre-concert reception and the option of traveling by bus from the college campus.

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(Posted: Feb 14, 2011)