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The Ruth and Harry Jackson Lunch Hour Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Coming February 13, 2013:

The Lavender Trio

Flute, Bassoon, and Clarinet  

The Lavender TrioAbout the Performers:

Flutist Elizabeth Carville Evans holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, where she was a student of
Claude Monteux. She was a winner of the 1985 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, and a four time winner of the Conservatory Gala Chamber Music Competition. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Boston' s Jordan Hall, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Harvard's Sanders Theater, among others. A native of New Hartford, her early flute studies were with John Oberbrunner. She returned to the Utica area in 1987 and has since established herself as performer, teacher, and active member of the B Sharp and Etude Music Clubs. She has given solo and chamber recitals throughout the area, and performs with the Utica and Catskill Symphonies.

Bassoonist Judy Marchione holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of George Goslee and Ronald Phillips and a Master of Music Performance degree from the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman she was a student of K. David van Hoesen and Philip Kolker. She also served as K. David van Hoesn’s teaching assistant which included teaching through the Continuing Education Division as well as conducting wood-wind technique classes for University of Rochester Music Education Majors. Currently Ms. Marchione performs with the Utica Symphony, Catskill Symphony, and Binghamton Philharmonic. She has performed over the years with such orchestras as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Ohio Ballet, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, and the Evansville Philharmonic.

Clarinetist Heather Johnsen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The New England Conservatory as a student of Peter Hadcock and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute as a student of Robert Marcellus. Currently Ms. Johnsen is principal clarinetist in the Utica Symphony. She was formerly on the faculty and woodwind quintet at SUNY Fredonia. She has also performed with the Goldovsky Opera Company, was principal clarinetist and soloist with the American Wind Symphony and was a member of the Buffalo Creative Associates, NY. As a member of the NEC Quintet under the direction of John Heiss and Rudolf Kolisch, she performed (at Carnegie Recital Hall) and recorded the Schoenberg Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Johnsen also held a fellowship at Tanglewood and performed with the Sarasota Music Festival. Along with Leo Smit, she was chosen to perform the Copland Sextet in a 75th birthday tribute concert for the composer in NYC.

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Library Concourse
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Coming February 27, 2013:

Sar-Shalom Strong


Pianist

About the Performer:

Sar Shalom StrongSar-Shalom Strong, pianist, has received accolades for his sensitive performances of both solo and collaborative repertoire in a career spanning over twenty-five years. Mr. Strong is often featured in concerts with the Society for New Music, Civic Morning Musicals, and in collaboration with outstanding area and visiting musicians. He has appeared as soloist in concerti with the Utica Symphony Orchestra and the Hamilton College Orchestra, performs frequently with the Skaneateles Festival, and from 1998-2007 served as keyboardist for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Central NY performances include Utica College and Hamilton College concerts with Rob and Lauralyn Kolb, as well as a solo performances at Utica College, a concert of piano trios in Cortland with violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo and cellist David LeDoux, a Syracuse recital with Janet Brown, a performance of Russian music for violin and piano sponsored by the Russian Department of Colgate University. In October 2010 Mr. Strong collaborated with tenor Jon West in a benefit concert for the B Sharp Musical Club Scholarship. Mr. Strong holds degrees from Knox College and Syracuse University, and is Lecturer in Piano and Coordinator of Staff Pianists for Hamilton College.

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Coming March 6, 2013:

Daniel Asa Rose


Author
Daniel Asa Rose
About the Author:

Daniel Asa Rose, an NEA Literary Fellow for 2006, was born in New York City and graduated from Brown University. He won an O. Henry Prize and two Pen Fiction Awards for his first story collection, Small Family With Rooster. His first novel, Flipping For It, a black comedy about divorce from the man's point of view, was a New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback. In 2002, he published Hiding Places: A Father and his Sons Retrace Their Family's Escape From the Holocaust. Come hear him read from and discuss his latest book, a dark comedy about medical tourism, Larry's Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China With my Black-Sheep Cousin and his Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant - and Save His Life.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
MacFarlane Auditorium, DePerno Hall
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Coming March 27, 2013:

D. Nurkse 

Poet 

D. Nurkse

About the Author:

D. Nurkse is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including The Rules of Paradise (2001), The Fall (2003),  The Border Kingdom (2008) and A Night in Brooklyn (2012), his latest. His parents escaped Nazi Europe during World War II—his Estonian father worked for the League of Nations in Vienna, his mother was an artist—and moved to New York. Nurkse’s family moved back to live in Europe for a number of years, returning to the United States around the time of the Vietnam War. Nurkse lives in New York and has been named poet laureate of Brooklyn.

D. Nurkse has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Tanne Foundation Award. Recent awards include a Guggenheim fellowship and a 2009 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing, and Rikers Island Correctional Facility. He has also worked for human rights organizations, writing on human rights issues under his full name, Dennis Nurkse, and was elected to the board of directors of Amnesty International USA.

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Coming April 3, 2013:


Junior B Sharp Music Club

Talented area music students

About the Performers:
Junior B Sharp Music ClubThe Junior B Sharp Musical Club was established in 1916 by the Senior B Sharp Musical Club to augment the musical offerings of the schools and private teachers for talented music students in the area Through regular monthly meetings, the Jr. B Sharp Club gives its student members opportunities for solo and ensemble performance, contact with other outstanding area music students, and involvement in special feature programs and workshops presented by guest professionals.

In recent years the club has also performed at various retirement communities around the region, and has given a yearly benefit concert, raising money for Heifer Project International, the Mr. Holland's Opus Fund, the Music Therapy Project, and the music program at the House of the Good Shepherd. www.bsharpcny.org   

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Library Concourse
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Coming April 10, 2013:

The Society for New Music: Latin Snapshots

Regional composers and performers

The Society for New MusicAbout the Performers:

Founded in 1971, the Society for New Music acts as a catalyst for the continued growth of the central
New York musical community by commissioning new works, promoting advocacy, showcasing regional composers alongside guest composers, providing regional musicians an opportunity to perform the music of their peers, and bringing new music to as broad an audience as possible through performances, broadcasts, and on the web. 

The Society is comprised of a core of dedicated professionals who live in Central New York, but who are nationally and internationally renowned. Most have performed and recorded together for many years.

The Society for New Music is supported in part with funds provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, Copland Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Central New York Community Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Foundation, Amphion Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Virgil Thomson Foundation, Meet the Composer and private donations.
 
Rob Bridge, PercussionRob Bridge, marimba/percussion holds degrees from the U. of North Texas & Southern Methodist. Awarded Eastman’s ‘Performer’s Certificate’ in 1995, he then earned his DMA. He has performed concertos with the Eastman Orchestra and the SMU Symphony. In both 1985 and 1986, Bridge won first at the Percussive Arts Society’s ‘Marching Percussion Forum’ individual Marimba Competition. His teachers include John Beck, Doug Howard, Kalman Cherry, Keiko Abe, & Robert Schietroma. Bridge is in his 13th season with the Society, and with whom he has recorded. He has taught at Ithaca College, SUNY-Potsdam, and currently teaches at Onondaga Community College.

Selma Moore, flute, is Professor of Music at Onondaga Community College where she has taught since 1976. She has appeared in hundreds of concerts as soloist and chamber musician in the Central and Western New York areas under the auspices of Civic Morning Musicals, Syracuse Society for New Music, Syracuse Camerata, Onondaga Community College and many other organizations. On two occasions in recent years she has appeared as Selma Moore and Timothy Schmidtguest flute soloist with the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra under conductor Robert Ferrington. She is a graduate of Crane School of Music (B.S., M.S. summa cum laude) and studied flute with John Thomas, Joseph Mariano, Donald MacDonald and Herbert Ludwig.

Timothy Schmidt, guitar, has performed in numerous solo and chamber concerts and has appeared on recital series for the Rochester Guitar Society, the Auburn Chamber Symphony, Utica College, LeMoyne College, the Truro Twilight Concerts on Cape Cod, and the American Church in Paris, France. He has performed frequently in the Syracuse area for the Society for New Music, Civic Morning Musicals and Arts Alive in Liverpool Syracuse Opera and other organizations. Schmidt has degrees from Hobart College, Ithaca College School of Music and Manhattan School of Music where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Nazareth College and is currently Professor of Music at Onondaga Community College where he has taught since 1988.

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MacFarlane Auditorium, DePerno Hall
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Coming April 17, 2013


A Taste of the Arts

A Celebration

 


About the Event:
A Taste of the ArtsBrought to you by The Department of Performing and Fine Arts, A Taste of the Arts will showcase student art work from the 2012-13 academic year. This is a multi media event, including visual artwork, poetry, theatre, and music. Ashley Goguen and the Utica College Band will be performing, among others. In addition, we will be providing a sampling of various cultural cuisines represented at Utica College, and in the local community. The Utica College Chemistry Department will be creating foods for sampling using Molecular Gastronomy.

The event will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Ellen Clarke Lounge and Strebel Auditorium.  It is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
Strebel Lounge and Auditorium, Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
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Coming April 24, 2013


Jane Springer

Poet

 


About the Author:
Jane SpringerJane Springer's first book, Dear Blackbird, won the Agha Shahid Ali prize for poetry. Her latest collection is entitled Murder Ballad. Ms. Springer's poems have received, among other honors, an AWP Intro Award, and The Robert Penn Warren Prize for Poetry. Her work appears online in journals such as AGNI, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily or in print from journals such as The Cincinnati Review, New Letters, Lyric, and The Southern Review.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
MacFarlane Auditorium, DePerno Hall
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Special Thursday Evening Event:


April 25, 2013


Jennifer Grotz

The Needle, by Jennifer Grotz
Poet
Winner of the 2012 Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

 


About the Author:
Please join us for the evening reading celebrating the winner of the first Eugene Nassar Poetry Prize, Jennifer Grotz, who will read from her book
The Needle
.

Event begins at 7:30 P.M.
Willard Conference Room, DePerno Hall
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Coming May 1, 2013:

Utica College Concert Choir

David Kolb, director
Alane Varga, accompanist

David Kolb

About the Performers:
Please join us for this special performance of the Utica College Choir, directed by David Kolb.

David Kolb is a graduate of Hamilton College with double concentrations in music and mathematics, and has taught math at Mohawk Valley Community College. He has directed the choir at Stone Presbyterian Church in Clinton and is currently the choral director for the Utica Maennerchor. David is also an active singer as well as a frequent performer in local theatrical productions. After several years’ hiatus, the Utica College Concert Choir was reconstituted with David as its director in fall 2010. Since then the choir has presented several concerts.

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Library Concourse
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Coming May 8, 2013:

Utica College Concert Band

Michael J. DiMeo, director

Utica College Concert Band
About the performers:
The Utica College Concert Band has a well balanced instrumentation and includes students, local music educators, members of the Utica College staff and local community. The band, for students, can be taken as a liberal arts course for credit or just as an audit.

The Band plays music from the standard band literature that is both challenging and musically rewarding. They perform once per semester at the Professor Harry F. and Mary Ruth Jackson Lunch Hour Series. Other regular performances include an annual Concert for Veterans and a combined concert with MVCC Concert Band. The Band also performs numerous programs for local events and at senior citizen communities such as the Masonic and Presbyterian Homes.

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Library Concourse
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