Monday, 28 October 2013 17:20

Faculty vocalists to offer international array of songs at SUNY Oswego

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     SUNY Oswego faculty voices will rise at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in Sheldon Hall ballroom in a concert titled "Vocal Array," featuring songs of France, Germany and Japan.

     Voice faculty Mihoko Tsutsumi, Todd Graber, Nancy James and Robert Allen will sing selections whose composers range from Debussy to Beethoven, Strauss to Charpentier, accompanied by Rebecca Horning on piano.

     "I'm so pleased to have them all here," said Graber, chair of the music department. "It adds variety to the way we approach teaching voice – it gives our students exposure to similar information disseminated differently. It's a nice 'array' of talent and teaching."

     In tribute to her native land, the soprano Tsutsumi, SUNY Oswego's new director of choral activities, will perform three Japanese art songs, "Hamabe no Uta," "Kono Michi" and, in a duet with Graber, "Hana." She and Graber also will offer "Et misericordia" from Johann Sebastian Bach's "Magnificat."

     The concert, part of the music department's Focus on Faculty series, will feature a four-song French repertoire from James, a soprano who has served as chorus master for the Syracuse Opera as well as an adjunct instructor of voice at Oswego. Debussy's "C'est l'extase" from "Ariettes oubliees" is among them.

     Allen, an adjunct instructor, voice teacher and tenor, will offer three songs from Richard Strauss, including "Morgen," and another, "Adelaide," from Ludwig van Beethoven.

     Graber, a tenor, will solo with "An die ferne Geliebte," a cycle of six songs by Beethoven.

     Tickets for "Vocal Array" and other concerts in the Focus on Faculty series are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students) and are available at the college's box offices, online at and by calling 315-312-2141.

     Parking for this event is included in the price of admission, and is available in the employee lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 315-312-2141 in advance of the performance.

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