'Viola Center Stage' to start spring Ke-Nekt series

Simon Rowland-JonesAn often-unsung instrument of the chamber ensemble will be showcased during “Viola Center Stage” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Simon Rowland-Jones (pictured) and Sarah Avery are visiting artists for the concert, which is part of SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

The program presented by guest and local musicians will include Rowland-Jones’ “Lux Perpetua” Suite for Solo Viola, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, Haydn’s String Quintet “Divertimento” in G major and Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor.

Rowland-Jones made his Carnegie Hall solo debut recital in 1979 and was the founding violist of the Chilingirian Quartet. His several solo and ensemble recordings include the highly acclaimed Bach cello suites from his own transcription, as well as works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Schumann. Rowland-Jones writes mostly chamber music and works for viola. He has taught at conservatories since 1980 from Australia to Britain to Sweden.

Avery is one of Rowland-Jones’ foremost students, playing viola on three continents and teaching the instrument to all ages. She is currently the artistic director of the String Quartet Program of Northern Colorado, a member of the Illuminati Quartet and principal viola of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.

Additional performers will include Patricia Davis, Jacqueline Darvill, Sara and Jeremy Mastrangelo, Matt Vacanti and Rebecca Horning, as well as Elizabeth La Manna of SUNY Oswego’s music department, who serves as the event’s faculty host.

Rowland-Jones and Avery will discuss techniques of string playing and the music and history of their favorite composers at an admission-free interactive informance at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall, part of SUNY 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 tickets@oswego.edu or visit www.oswego.edu/ke-nekt.

For evening and weekend events at SUNY Oswego, visitors may park in any campus lot free of charge.

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(Posted: Jan 23, 2008)