Tribute to popular composers to open Ke-Nekt series

Wendy BloomA concert celebrating the musical friendship of composers Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc will start SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Titled “Britten and Poulenc Interlude,” the concert of instrumental and vocal works will be preceded by a 7 p.m. talk with more information about the composers and their works.

The composers first met in 1945 and were good friends until Poulenc passed away in 1963, said Todd Graber of SUNY Oswego’s music department, who is the concert’s faculty host.

“Revered composers of the 20th century, their music reflects and was inspired by the tumultuous historical events of this period,” Graber explained. “Both men also refused to believe that traditional tonality could no longer express important truths, and their gorgeous sonorities display ample proof.”

Guest artists will include mezzo-soprano Wendy Bloom, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s Julie Bridge playing horn and vocalist Russell Miller of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. SUNY Oswego faculty members Graber, Robert Auler and Juan La Manna will also perform.

Graber will perform some selections and discuss the composers’ lives and music during an admission-free informance at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, part of Oswego’s College Hour programming.

Tickets to the full-length evening concert cost $15 ($10 for senior citizens or students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students).

For information or reservations, call 312-2141, e-mail or visit

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(Posted: Aug 29, 2007)