Inspirational sounds of classical music from violas, violins and later flutes, clarinets and saxophones will fill St. John's Chapel Tuesday evening when HWS students in two performing ensembles present a concert at 8 p.m.
The String Ensemble, directed by Andy Zaplatynsky, will offer “Aria” by George F. Handel (1685-1759); “Rigaudon,” by André Campra (1660-1744); “Menuetto, Op. 2 No. 5,” by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809); the Allegro movement from “Concerto for two violins in A-minor,” by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) “Rondo, K. 80,” and “Presto, K. 156,” both by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791).
Performers will play Violin I and Violin II, Viola, Violoncello and String Bass.
The repertoire of the String Ensemble varies depending on the number of musicians and their instruments. In recent years, the chamber group has performed works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Albeniz, and Scott Joplin. Members sometimes form duos or trios when appropriate combinations are available.
Zaplatynsky, who is also concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra since 1981, previously performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Since 2005, Zaplatynsky has also been a visiting professor with the School of Music of the Fundacion Universitaria Juan N. Corpas in Bogota, Colombia; where he combines teaching, chamber music coaching, and performance with faculty and advanced students.
The Woodwind Ensemble, directed by John Oberbrunner, will present Mozart's “Allelujah Exultate Jubilate;” the Allegro movement from Joachim Quantz's “Flute Duet in G-Major;” Orlando Gibbons's “The Silver Swan (Madrigal);” and Haydn's “Allegro Marziale in G-Major.”
Three flutes and three clarinets will play with an alto saxophone and a tenor saxophone.
This ensemble has also included oboists, clarinetists, bassoonists as well as French horn and string players. Qualified HWS faculty and local high school students frequently play with them on arrangements by composers of past centuries, as well as by contemporary composers.
Oberbrunner, a flutist, graduated with a degree in music education from Syracuse University and taught flute there for more than 45 years, concurrent with his 35 years' teaching in the Syracuse public schools. He is also flute instructor at the Eastern Music Camp at Colgate College.
A charter member of Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in 1961, he performed with that group until 1994. He has also been involved with Friends of Chamber Music and the Society for New Music. He has also hosted “Fresh Ink,” at 8 p.m. Fridays on Syracuse's public radio station, WCNY, and highlighting contemporary classical music composed in the last 15 years.
Sponsored by the HWS Music Department, the concert is free and open to the public.