Rich mix of genres to mark Ke-Nekt season series

SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt music series will explore musical territory from instrumental to vocal, traditional chamber to jazz to an inventive brand of contemporary for its 2013-14 season.

Bora Yoon performing with bow and bowl“Overall, we’ve got a great variety of artists this season—an exciting lineup,” said Trevor Jorgensen, a member of the college’s music faculty and coordinator of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

The five-performance season, co-organized by the college’s music department and Artswego, will open at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Sheldon Hall ballroom, with jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein, known for his clean, warm tone and lyrical, melodic lines. Syracuse musician Rick Balestra, an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Oswego, will play host to the artist.

Bernstein’s career launched with an invitation from Jim Hall to play alongside John Scofield and Pat Metheny at Town Hall. He has played with jazz masters that include Larry Goldings, Lou Donaldson, Joshua Redman and Bill Stewart.

“He’s been on the leading edge,” Jorgensen said. “He plays in New York City and he plays around the world.”

Bora Yoon, a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist, will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Sheldon Hall ballroom. Yoon says she seeks nothing less than to create a new sonic language. Featured in Wire magazine for her musical innovations, the ethereal artist interacts with live video manipulations by R. Luke DuBois, exploring the connection of sound to the subliminal by using found sounds, new and antiquated instruments, electronic devices, gesture and voice.

A graduate of Ithaca College’s Conservatory of Music and creative writing program, Yoon is classically trained, with a first love of choral music. She has performed at venues from Lincoln Center to Nam June Paik Museum in Seoul. Jorgensen, her Ke-Nekt host and expert on saxophone and other wind instruments, will join Yoon for part of the program.

“It’s really exciting,” Jorgensen said. “It’ll take me out of all of my boundaries. I haven’t done this type of contemporary music before.”

Paying tribute

Returning to Ke-Nekt’s traditional 7:30 p.m. Wednesday performances in Sheldon Hall ballroom, the three remaining events pay tribute to a celebrated American composer, the cello and a former Oswego student and frequent performer at the Metropolitan Opera.

Soprano Julia Broxholm will appear Feb. 19, honoring 20th century composer Samuel Barber by performing his richly textured “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” for chamber orchestra, and other Barber pieces. Broxholm’s distinguished career extends from opera to Broadway, oratorio to vocal chamber music. Todd Graber of the SUNY Oswego music faculty will host.

Cellist Elinor Frey will perform March 5, focusing on Benjamin Britten’s “Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80” and Leos Janacek’s “Pohadka (Fairy Tale).” Frey plays both modern and period instruments, exploring her fascination with the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music. Pianist Rob Auler of the music faculty will host.

Bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, who got his start with Oswego Opera Theatre while attending SUNY Oswego, will appear April 30. His notable operatic roles have included Masetto in “Don Giovanni,” the English ambassador in the world premiere of John Corigliano’s highly successful “The Ghosts of Versailles” and Don Basilio in “The Barber of Seville.” He has received glowing reviews for his work with opera companies from coast to coast for his portrayal of Leporello in “Don Giovanni.” Music faculty members Juan F. La Manna will host.

Tickets for each Ke-Nekt music series event are $15 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students) and are available at all college box offices, online at or by calling 315-312-2141. All shows will be preceded by a 7 p.m. talk by the performers.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket, and is available in the employee parking lots adjacent to and across from Sheldon Hall. People with disabilities needing assistance should call 315-312-2141 in advance of performances.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Found sound—Contemporary artist Bora Yoon will appear Nov. 15 as part of SUNY Oswego’s 2013-14 Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series, applying new and antiquated instruments, found sounds, multimedia, gesture and voice in her quest to create a new sonic language.

(Posted: Sep 18, 2013)

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