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Classical Music to Fill Froelich Hall

The Society for New Music, featuring the Colleges’ Associate Professor of Music Mark Olivieri, will perform on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. in Froelich Hall of Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.

Res25295Olivieri’s original composition “Tilt” will be performed by the acclaimed Society for New Music for the third time since its debut in 2014. A piano and percussion piece, “Tilt” is a departure “from the conventional use of percussion in chamber music as a means for coloristic effect,” he explains. Olivieri says he wanted the piece instead to “allow the percussionist to both ‘groove’ and play melodically with a small group of auxiliary percussion instruments.”

Olivieri’s music will be performed alongside composers:

Alex Freeman, a Fulbright scholar and full-time composer, will conduct the single-movement “Blueshift,” performed by a six-piece ensemble.

Aristea Mellos, an Australian composer, will premiere a new version of “Selections from Everything Flowing.” Mellos’ work has been featured on NPR and ABC Classic FM.

Octavio Vasquez, an assistant professor of music at Nazareth College, has performed throughout the world, and composed works for television and film. His catalogue, performed at Carnegie Hall, includes more than 60 titles.

Gregory Wanamaker, a professor of composition at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, is best known for his piece, “Duo Sonata,” which has been performed more than 300 times worldwide and featured in several commercial recordings.

The Society for New Music is a Syracuse-based music advocacy organization. In addition to commissioning the work of upstate-based composers, the Society acts as a catalyst for the growth of the Central New York musical community, recognizing young composers in New York State, using traditional and social media to promote for new music, and sponsoring performances.

Tickets for the performance, available at the Gearan Center Box Office, are free with a valid HWS student ID, $12 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens.