Chamber music series to connect with audiences

imageTop touring chamber musicians will join SUNY Oswego faculty to launch a new six-concert series titled Ke-nekt’ this fall.

The college’s music department and Artswego performing arts program designed the Ke-nekt’ series to connect members of the campus and Central New York community with chamber music. Organizers intend the series to bring renowned performers to Oswego and to showcase the talent of the SUNY Oswego music faculty.

All concerts will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, except for a return visit by Elements Quartet on Tuesday, March 10, also part of the Artswego Performing Arts Series. This multimedia concert at 7 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre will include the projection of images that inspired “Snapshots,” an evening-length performance of short contemporary pieces commissioned by Elements Quartet.

The Ying Quartet will start the series on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Currently in residence at the Eastman School of Music, the quartet is made up of sibling string players who have worked in communities and played worldwide, collaborating with dancers, poets and filmmakers. They will perform a rarely heard Chausson concerto with SUNY Oswego faculty members Robert Auler and Seung hee Yang.

The vocal stylings of S-A-T-B will take center stage on Tuesday, Oct. 19. The group, which includes SUNY Oswego music faculty member Todd Graber, performs a diverse repertoire—19th and 20th century vocal chamber pieces, baroque works, Broadway and operatic oratorios.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, jazz vocalist Dominique Eade will perform, supported by the Bob Sneider Trio and SUNY Oswego faculty member Rick Holland. Eade is renowned for her work as a composer, lyricist and instrumental arranger who strives for a daring and imaginative approach to her brand of music.

The Contrasts concert on Wednesday, Feb. 17, will feature a ground-breaking sonata by Bela Bartok for two pianos, three timpani, xylophone, suspended cymbal, bass drum, triangle and tam tam. Oswego resident Heather Sweeting and SUNY Oswego faculty members Auler, Juan La Mannna and John McNeill will perform the piece. A romantic piano trio by Robert Schumann performed by SUNY Oswego faculty members Yang, Elizabeth La Manna and Juan La Manna will precede the sonata.

The series will conclude Wednesday, April 20, with cellist Julie Albers (pictured), whose achievements transcend her 23 years. She is returning to the Oswego/Syracuse area after performing with the Syracuse Symphony in the spring. SUNY Oswego faculty members Yang, Auler and Dan Barach will join her on stage.

Organizers expect the series to attract capacity audiences and encourage individuals interested in attending the performances to purchase specially priced season tickets. Season tickets are available through Tyler box office for $60 ($40 for seniors and students, $20 for SUNY Oswego students).

For more information or to purchase tickets for individual performances, visit the Oswego Performing Arts Web site at Information is also available directly from Tyler box office at 312-2141 or via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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(Posted: Aug 18, 2004)