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Upcoming Musical Events at SUNY Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The Music Department at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh presents three upcoming events for the community in November.

The public is invited to attend the first of a two-workshop series designed to demonstrate collaboration between composer and quartet.  On Friday, Nov. 10, Dr. William Pfaff, assistant professor of music, will join the Biava Quartet to present a Composer/Quartet Collaboration at 3 p.m. in the Hyman and Frances Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall.  

Pfaff is currently composing a work for the Brava String Quartet. During the workshop, the quartet will perform excerpts from Pfaff's composition and offer their insights and suggestions in an open exchange. The musicians will be called upon to demonstrate a variety of effects (including variations in timbre, texture and dynamics). Audience members will also have the opportunity to participate and learn about the specific issues involved in writing for such a group. There will be a question and answer period. Admission is free for this event.

The SUNY Plattsburgh Symphonic Band will perform its final concert of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will feature original works by Gustav Holst, Frank Ticheli, P.D.Q. Bach and Andrew Boysen, Jr. The band will also perform transcriptions of works by Louis Gottschalk and Andre-Jean Dervaux, both done by Daniel Gordon, associate professor of music and the ensemble's director.

Three SUNY Plattsburgh choral ensembles will present an evening of choral delights on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium of Hawkins Hall.  This concert is free and open to the public.

College Chorale will perform the lively Marenzio madrigal "Spring Returns" (translated from Italian into English).  In addition, they will perform three choruses from "Alice in Wonderland" by American composer Irving Fine.  Taking texts of Lewis Carroll, Fine set these sharply contrasting and humorous pieces for mixed chorus and piano. 

Cardinal Singers will also perform a madrigal -- the well-known "Fire, Fire" by English Renaissance composer Thomas Morley. The group will sing a 20th-century piece in madrigal style, using a Renaissance Italian poem (Torquato Tasso), "Vita de la mia vita" by William Hawley.  They will also perform two jazz arrangements -- Duke Ellington's "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" and Sammy Fain's "I'll be seeing you." 

Under the direction of Jo Ellen Miano, associate professor of music, Chorale and Cardinal Singers will also sing the moving spiritual work, "There is a balm in Gilead," featuring a tenor soloist.

Student-directed Minor Adjustments will also perform a set of a cappella vocal arrangements of contemporary pop tunes. 

For information on these events, call the SUNY Plattsburgh Music Department at 518-564-2180.

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