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Fall concerts 2018

Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 pm
Hui Cox Ensemble

From Pop to Art
How jazz musicians reinvent the pop song

The Hui Cox Ensemble - Hui Cox, guitar; Michael Wimberly, percussion; Michael Bisio, string bass; and Laura Roth, vocals

7 string guitarist, composer, and Grammy-nominated producer Hui Cox has produced and performed with some of the biggest names in the music business. lauraandhui.wordpress.com

Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 pm
Hyperion String Quartet

Hyperion String Quartet

Amanda Brin, violin; Jamecyn Morey, violin; William Hakim, viola; Jonathan Brin, cello

Old Friends and New Acquaintances - Celebrating their upcoming 20th Anniversary as a Quartet

The quartet is made up of some of the region’s outstanding string players. Formed at the Eastman School of Music, the Hyperion String Quartet was among the top ten finalists at the 7th Annual Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan. Strad Magazine praises them for their “high level of homogeneity and confidence.” They have performed at NYC’s Lincoln Center and Japan’s Izumi Hall. They are the Quartet in Residence for the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing, NY and for the deBlasiis Music Series at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. The members serve on the faculties of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. www.hyperionquartet.com

Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 pm
Christopher CooleyJameson PlatteMichael Emery

The Omega Trio

Michael Emery, violin; Jameson Platte, cello; Christopher Cooley pianist

Michael Emery blends performing with teaching to create an active musical career. He has collaborated in chamber music with many international artists, including Ruggiero Ricci, Elizabeth Pitcairn, André-Michel Schub, and Emanuel Ax.

Jameson Platte maintains an active career both as a performer and a teacher. He is currently a member of the critically acclaimed Duo 92 with pianist/composer Matthew Quayle, principal cellist of the The Orchestra of Northern New York, The Plainfield Symphony, Bacchanalia Virtuosi, Chelsea Opera and assistant principal of the Allentown Symphony. As faculty at Skidmore College, he teaches cello and chamber music. jamesonplatte.com

Christopher Cooley began playing piano at the age of seven and made his orchestral debut at age 15 with the Florida Youth Orchestra. He holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Texas-Austin, and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Heasook Rhee. As a soloist, he has played with the University of Texas Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, and the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York. www.chriscooleypiano.com


Spring concerts 2019

Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 pm
Sharon CampbellAnne Jennifer NashSylvia Stoner

Sister, Show Me Eternity

A staged, multi-media concert celebrating the life and works of Emily Dickinson through American music, literature and poetry featuring Sylvia Stoner, Anne Jennifer Nash, Sharon O’Connel Campbell

The concert is a touring multimedia collaboration of faculty from UNK, Skidmore College and Concordia College (Minn.). It incorporates literature, guest artists, commissioned work and student performances.

The concert will be performed by soprano Sylvia Stoner of Skidmore College; soprano Anne Jennifer Nash of Concordia College; and mezzo-soprano Sharon Campbell, associate professor of UNK’s Music, Theatre and Dance. (Pianist is TBD). The show also includes performances by four students from the Capitol Region (Currently TBD). The ensemble also represents characters in the Dickinson family's life. Art songs by sixteen different composers, including Aaron Copland and Libby Larson, are combined with pieces composed for this concert by Evan Mack to weave a thematic tapestry representing the poet's life, relationships and art. sylviastoner.com

Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 pm
Robert Auler 2019

Robert Auler, piano

Mr. Auler’s last performance (April 2017) electrified the audience with his “American Icons” program which featured American “Classical” Composers paired with American jazz giants. this time he brings a program called “Outtakes” which pairs three classical variation sets (Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn) with three jazz variation sets; faithful transcriptions of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans.

Auler has won first prize in national and international piano competitions, including the Society of American Musicians and the Stravinsky Awards. Auler has performed on six continents, including performances throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Denmark, the Czech Republic, China, South Africa and New Zealand. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.

Join us for an afternoon of passionate and intelligent music making that connects the American spirit with the European classical voices we all love so well. Performance samples are available at Robert’s website: robauler.com

Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 pm
Sten IsachsenMaria Zamantauski

Sten and Maria Z

Maria Zemantauski, guitar; Sten Isachsen, guitar and mandolin

Sten Isachsen and Maria Zemantauski have delighted audiences around the globe as soloists and in various ensembles for decades. Together, this dynamic string duo celebrates their eclectic musical tastes -- fiery flamenco, classical, Latin, roots and bluegrass. mariazemantauski.com stenisachsen.com