The HWS Fall Concert Series kicked off on Wednesday, Sept. 10, opening its full, varied repertoire to the Colleges’ campus. This year’s concerts include everything from a guitar weekend to Indian tabla to a special chorale performance. With something for every taste and genre, the series is sure to have a concert or two that’ll make you call for an encore.
On Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room, the series got underway with one of the most prominent, exciting and active emerging chamber music groups in the country: the Manhattan Piano Trio. Comprised of pianist Milana Bahl, violinist Dmitry Lukin and cellist Dmitry Kouzov, the Trio has given more than 250 performances in 28 states and is the grand prize winner of the 2006 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2007 Yellow Springs Music Competition, and runner up at the 2006 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition.
From chamber to jazz fusion, the series moves into several days full of performances by some of the most talented guitarists in upstate New York with the HWS Guitar Weekend from Thursday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 21. Throughout the weekend, HWS community members can watch performances by guitarists Rick Balestra, Bob Sneider and HWS applied instructors Kenneth Meyer and Greg Wachala. All guitarists, whether jazz or classical, are active players and educators and have received distinguished awards or recognition for their musicianship. Meyer will perform a classical guitar recital at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 in St. John’s Chapel.
Exploring the complexities of chamber music further, the ETA3 Chamber Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Geneva Room. One of the newest exciting chamber music groups coming out of New York City, ETA3 was formed by Flutist Emily Thomas, Clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky and Pianist Tomoko Nakayama at The Juilliard School during the spring of 2006. The trio strives to communicate the intellectual and emotional elements of life by broadening the audience’s perspective through a varied range of repertoire. The trio was recognized by Juilliard as one of three prominent emerging chamber music groups of 2006, leading to their Alice Tully Hall debut.
On Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Smith Opera House, community members can enjoy a special collaborative performance by the Colleges Chorale and the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble (SVE), titled “A Massive Undertaking-Masses by Persichetti, Hovland and Martin.” With the combined presence of SVE’s excellent choral programming and performance and Chorale’s vocal talent and experience, this performance is one that no one will want to miss!
From SVE and Chorale’s all-star performance of Western music, the Concert Series travels into the Eastern side of its repertoire with Sandip Burman’s performance, Indian Tabla, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the Coxe 8. A native of Durgapur, India, Burman is an accomplished tabla player whose performances are marked with spontaneous innovation and tonal purity even when delivering complex rhythmic patterns at dazzling speeds. He has performed across the United States, from the Kennedy Center to the House of Blues Chicago and has played with such musicians as Bela Fleck, Victor Bailey (Weather Report) and Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra).
Returning to the Western cannon, the Series ends with a classical performance by Pianist Kevin Moore, titled “Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven.” Moore is a professor of music at Onondaga Community College where he has taught since 1975. Throughout his life, he has studied piano with James Ball, Robert Goldsand, Anton Kuerti and Liselotte Schmidt and holds a B.M. degree from the Crane School of Music, an M.M. degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a Ph.D. from New York University and a J.D. degree (magna cum laude) from Syracuse University College of Law.
Ranging in its works from Norwegian to Indian, the Fall Concert Series travels the world and the musical gamut, offering HWS an all-star line-up.