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Music Department Offers artistic 'treasures'

Using a theme of Time, Talent and Treasure, the University Music Department’s 2003-04 season will span a collection of classical, jazz and ensemble offerings. The crown jewel of the season is a performance by the Duke Ellington Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Anderson Center Concert Theater. Stepping into his father’s and grandfather’s shoes, Paul Mercer Ellington leads an orchestra that for three-quarters of a century has been the pre-eminent group of working jazz professionals in the world.

Guest Jazz Concert

Saturday, September 20, 8 p.m. Watters Theater
Jazz singer Sheila Jordan and Bassist Cameron Brown (see inset for details)

Contrasts: An Evening of Chamber Music Treasures
Saturday, November 8, 8 p.m.
Anderson Center Chamber Hall
This Belgium-based chamber music ensemble is a much-sought-after group that performs with refinement, sensitivity and verve.

An Afternoon in Vienna

Sunday, February 1, 3 p.m.
Anderson Center Chamber Hall
The blockbuster works of the chamber music repertoire will be featured in the concert with violinist Patricia Sunwoo, pianist Michael Salmirs, violist Roberta Crawford and cellist Stephen Stalker, including Beethoven’s “Ghost” piano trio, Brahms’ “Piano Quartet in G minor” with its sizzling gypsy finale and Schubert’s “B-flat String Trio.”

A Russian Fantasy for Two Pianos
Saturday, February 21, 8 p.m.
Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Duo-pianists Michael Salmirs and Ewa Mackiewicz-Wolfe team up to perform Sergei Rach-maninoff’s “Suites and Symphonic Dances” on side-by-side pianos.

A Tribute to Ezra Laderman
Friday, March 5, 8 p.m.
Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Pianist Chai-Kyou Mallinson, singers, dancer Marlon Torres and flutist Georgetta Maiolo will pay homage to one of the great composers of this era — Ezra Laderman, professor and composer-in-residence at Binghamton University from 1972 to 1982. The prolific composer’s list of achievements is practically endless, ranging from solo instrumental and vocal works to large-scale choral and orchestral music.

Songs My Teachers Taught Me: Mary Burgess and Friends

Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m.
Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Mary Burgess, with pianist Diane Richardson and friends, will mark her 40 years on the musical stage. This landmark concert takes a nostalgic look at the renowned soprano’s New York City Opera and concert debuts, revisits her best-loved diva roles and reprises music that has meant the most to her during her long career on the stage. Burgess promises a “romantic evening” with many surprises.

A Panoply of Pipeworks!

Sunday, February 8, 4 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Binghamton
Master works from all periods of organ literature will be performed by BU organ professor Jonathan Biggers. The concert features his 10 fingers, two feet and all 2,876 pipes of the fabulous Guilbaut-Therien organ at this downtown Binghamton church.

The King of Instruments: Guest Organist David Heller
Sunday, April 18, 4 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Binghamton
David Heller, a member of the faculty of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, is an active recitalist, teacher, recording artist and author of books on hymn playing. Co-sponsored by the Binghamton chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Musica Exotica: A Solo Piano Recital by Michael Salmirs

Saturday, October 18, 8 p.m.
Casadesus Recital Hall
Pianist Michael Salmirs performs an array of music by Chopin, Albeniz, Ravel and Scriabin. Salmirs, a faculty member at Binghamton University, is artistic director of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble and has appeared in concert throughout the United States.

An English Legacy: Works for Viola
Friday, October 31, 8 p.m.
Casadesus Recital Hall
(Concert is in conjunction with the 2003 Viola Fest Nov. 1)
Violist Roberta Crawford, with pianist Michael Salmirs, cellist Stephen Stalker, violinist Patricia Sunwoo and oboist John Lathwell, highlight English composers who produced some of the finest works for viola around the turn of the last century with music by Purcell, Britten, Clarke and Vaughan Williams.

Musica Nova Lecture/Recital: Quartet for the End of Time
Thursday, February 12, 8 p.m.
Casadesus Recital Hall
Performing Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, violinist Patrician Sunwoo, pianist Margaret Reitz, clarinetist Timothy Perry and cellist Stephen Stalker present one of the most important works of the 20th century. The French composer, creating the piece while held in a prisoner-of-war camp, gives powerful testimony to the sounds of nature, mystical faith and human achievement. Paul Goldstaub will discuss the piece before the performance.

Mozart Lecture/Recital
Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m.
Casadesus Recital Hall
Music historian Alice Mitchell sheds light on the greatest musical genius of all time, followed by a recital of Mozart’s chamber works performed by violinist Patricia Sunwoo, violist Roberta Crawford, cellist Stephen Stalker and pianist Michael Salmirs.



Michael Carbone, director
Thursday, November 20, 8 p.m.
Anderson Center Chamber Hall

Thursday, April 22, 8 p.m.
Anderson Center Concert Theater

Timothy Perry, Director
Schumann, Sibelius — and Sunwoo!
Sunday, October 26, 3 p.m.
Anderson Center Concert Theater
Faculty artist Patricia Sunwoo solos in Jean Sibelius’ sublime Violin Concerto in D major. Conductor Timothy Perry also leads the orchestra in Robert Schumann’s majestic finale, his “Symphony No. 4 in D minor.”

Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition
Sunday, November 23, 6:30 p.m. Casadesus Recital Hall
Top instrumental, keyboard and vocal talents from the Music Department compete for an opportunity to solo with the University Symphony.

University Orchestra Concerto and Aria Concert
Saturday, February 28, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Concert Theater
Winners of the 2003-04 Concerto and Aria Competition present their winning performances with the orchestra. The orchestra performs Stravinsky’s 1919 Firebird Suite.

University Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus: Mozart Requiem
(see under Choral Concerts, April 17)

A Musical Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 6, 3 p.m.
Concert Theater (free)
A family-oriented feast of “Sounds, Sights and Stories for the Season” with the University Orchestra, Harpur Chorale, University Wind Ensemble and Women’s Chorus. Music, art, poetry, holiday favorites and a sing-along!

Ho-Ho Holidays!
Sunday, December 7, 1 p.m.
Oakdale Mall, Johnson City (free)
An annual favorite with music hot, cold and cool, as the Wind Ensemble presents a musical salute to Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season. Selections sure to cool down the stress and warm the heart.

Timothy Perry, director

Family Weekend Concert: University Wind Ensemble, Women’s Chorus and Harpur Chorale
Saturday, October 18, 3 p.m.,
Anderson Center Concert Theater (free)
A spectacular and eclectic mix of classical, traditional and popular music.

Cinematic Signatures II — John Williams
Sunday, March 7, 3 p.m.
Anderson Center Concert Theater (free)
The Wind Ensemble returns with its second family concert of film music, featuring composer John Williams and 30 years of blockbuster successes, including music from Jaws; Schindler’s List; the Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter series; and more.

New Dances
Sunday, April 25, 3 p.m.
Anderson Center Chamber Hall (free)
A program highlighting new and recent wind ensemble compositions that are full of energy and spirit, featuring solo horn player Greg Cecere.

Bruce Borton, Peter Browne and Theresa Lee-Whiting, choral directors

Family Weekend Concert: University Wind Ensemble, Women’s Chorus and Harpur Chorale
Saturday, October 18, 3 p.m.
Anderson Center Concert Theater (free)
A spectacular and eclectic mix of classical, traditional and popular music.

University Chorus and the Binghamton Philharmonic

Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Concert Theater
(For tickets, contact the Binghamton Philharmonic Office)
The 150-member University Chorus and Binghamton Philharmonic, under the baton of new conductor JosÚ Luis Novo, join forces to perform Rachmaninoff’s The Bells. Soloists include Yana Eminova, soprano, Todd Geer, tenor and Timothy LeFebvre, baritone.

University Chamber Chorus: Bach and More
Sunday, January 25, 3 p.m.
Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main St., Binghamton (free-will offering)
The select chamber chorus, conducted by Theresa Lee-Whiting, performs J. S. Bach’s Cantata No. 147 and other choral works.

Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus
Saturday, March 20, 8 p.m., Anderson Center Chamber Hall (free)

University Chorus and University Symphony Orchestra: Mozart
Saturday, April 17, 8 p.m.
Anderson Center Concert Theater
The heartwrenching final work by Mozart, often called the “brightest star in the musical firmament.”

Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus
Thursday, May 6, 8 p.m.
Anderson Center Chamber Hall (free)

Saturday, November 1
Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Violists from all over the region will gather for a day-long workshop featuring activities for students of all levels. The fest features an afternoon guest-artist performance and workshop for teachers and college-level students, as well as a 4 p.m. Grand Concert to cap off the day. Concerts are free and open to the public.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08