SUNY Fredonia School of Music announces spring highlights

The SUNY Fredonia School of Music announces its spring lineup of events, including ensemble concerts, faculty and guest artist events, and more. Perhaps the busiest time for concerts all year, Spring offers something for everyone. A complete list of events is available online at “”>

Guest Artists at Fredonia

The School of Music will feature several guest artists during April. On April 2, guest artist Marcin Dylla will give a solo classical guitar recital in Rosch at 8 p.m. Hailed by the Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet,” Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in recent history of Classical Guitar. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the 2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world followed by tour of more than 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during the 2008-09 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos ‘Top 10 Bestselling Albums’ in September 2008. His live recital DVD Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk was nominated for the 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year. Mr Dylla’s Rosch Recital Hall performance sponsored by the Fredonia Guitar Society, will include music by Manuel Ponce, Anton Diabelli, Franz Schubert and Enrique Granados. Admission is $5.

The campus and community are invited to participate in the four-day residency with renowned artists Dawn Upshaw (soprano) and Gilbert Kalish (piano). On April 10 at 1 p.m. Gilbert Kalish will work with piano students in a master class setting; at 4pm, Dawn Upshaw will lead a vocal master class for music students. Both workshops are in Rosch and are free and open to the public. On April 11 at 4 p.m., both artists will be joined by Fredonia faculty members for an open discussion entitled, “Words, Music, Meaning and More\: A Conversation with Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish.” The faculty panelists include Jim Davis (Musicology), Julie Newell (Voice and Opera), Dan Ihasz (Voice), Natalie Gerber (English), and Karl Boelter (Composition, Director of School of Music). This talk is in King and is free and open to the public. On April 12, Upshaw and Kalish will lead a master class in chamber music, featuring School of Music students performing. This class is at 4 p.m. in Rosch and is free and open. The residency concludes with a solo recital featuring Dawn Upshaw and pianist Gilbert Kalish in Rosch on April 13 at 8 p.m. Her program includes works by Ives, Schubert, Ravel, Bartok, Bolcom, and a world premiere by award winning composer, Sheila Silver. This event is ticketed with reserved seating (buy early for best seats), and a post-concert reception with the artists. For tickets, call the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office: 673-3501 or buy online or buy in person at the Williams Center Ticket Office. For complete details and information about the Upshaw/Kalish residency, visit The residency and performance are made possible thanks to a generous gift from Stanley and Elizabeth Star through the Fredonia College Foundation.

Faculty Recitals at Fredonia

On April 4 at 8 p.m. in Rosch, faculty, students and alumni come together to present the complete Brandenburg Concerti in one evening. This event is free and open to the public.

Piano faculty member Dmitri Novgorodsky presents a solo recital in Rosch on April 7 at 2 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Ensemble Concerts at Fredonia

There are many large and small ensemble concerts featuring School of Music students in April and May. All events are free and open to the public. Please check online for complete and up to date information. Highlights include:

April 5 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): World Mallets Ensemble

April 7 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): Brass Choir

April 9 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): String Chamber Ensemble

April 10 at 8 p.m. (King): Concert Band

April 11 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): Saxophone Ensemble

April 12 at 8 p.m. (King): Wind Symphony

April 14 at 4 p.m. (King): University Chorus and Women’s Chorus

April 15 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): Fredonia Guitar Ensemble & Quartet

April 16 at 8 p.m. (Diers): Vocal Jazz Ensemble

April 17 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): Fredonia Percussion Ensemble

April 18 at 8 p.m. (King): All College Band

April 19 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): String Chamber Ensemble

April 20 at 8 p.m. (King): Wind Ensemble

April 21 at 4 p.m .(Diers): College Choir & Chamber Choir

April 21 at 4 p.m. (Rosch): Composer/Choreographer Concert

April 22 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): Latin Jazz Ensemble

April 23 at 8 p.m. (Diers): Cello Ensembles

April 23 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): Chamber Made Guitar

April 24 at 7 pm. (King): New Horizons Band

April 24 at 8 p.m. (Diers): Fredonia Clarinet Ensemble

April 25 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): Student Composers Showcase

April 26 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): African Drumming

April 29 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): Flutasia

May 1 at 8 p.m. (Rosch): Improv Collective

May 3 at 8 p.m .(Rosch): Chamber Orchestra

Other Special Events

April 28 at 4 p.m. (King): Fifth Annual Masterworks Scholarship Benefit Concert featuring the College Symphony Orchestra and Masterworks Chorus performing seminal works by American master composer. Pianist Sean Duggan will perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and alumnus Ray Chenez (’06) will be the featured soloist in Bernstein’s evocative Chichester Psalms. The program also includes Barber’s Overture to School for Scandal and Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring. Tickets are available at various levels of donation through the box office, and all ticket proceeds, less $10, will go directly to music scholarships in the School of Music. For details, call 673-3686 or visit us online:

May 5 at 1 p.m. (King): Annual Concerto Competition (free and open)

May 10 at 3 p.m. (Rosch): School of Music Convocation

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