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Performer Profiles - Spring 2010 Season

 

Coming February 10, 2010:

Proctor High School Senior Choir

Patricia Scaramella, director

Proctor High School ChoirAbout the performers:
The Proctor High Senior Choir includes a diverse group of students, ranging from those who will be attending music schools, singers whose main exposure to choral music is singing in their gospel choirs, those who read no music and are learning for the first time. All have individual talents. Several members of the group have performed with the Utica Symphony for the past few years in their annual Holiday Concert. Many of the chorus members have attended NYSSMA and were selected to participate in the Area All State Chorus. Members have gone to Music Camps including the Potsdam summer music camp.

Program will feature selections including traditional spirituals, contemporary choral works, show tunes, and several individual vocal and instrumental solo performances from the New York School Music Association (NYSSMA) finalists.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
Library Concourse
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Coming February 17, 2010:

Naomi Guttman
Poet 

 


Naomi Guttman
About the author:

NAOMI GUTTMAN was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, as well as an Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Wet Apples, White Blood, published by McGill-Queen's University Press, won the Adirondack Literary Award for Best Book of Poetry, 2007. Guttman teaches English and creative writing at Hamilton College where she currently directs the Diversity and Social Justice Project; with Frank Sciacca, Guttman is also co-leader of the Central Leatherstocking Slow Food chapter.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
MacFarlane Auditorium, DePerno Hall
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Coming March 3, 2010:


Carmen Caramanica Jazz Trio

Celebrated guitarist returns

Carmen Caramanica TrioAbout the performers:
A busy professional guitarist, teacher, producer, and master of "every kind of music from country to jazz," bandleader Carmen Caramanica has been a featured guitarist with Tony Orlando, Musical Director and Arranger/
Conductor for Lou Rawls, guitarist for Raquel Welch, and guest conductor and guitarist for N.B.C.'s Tonight Show, Mike Douglas, and Merv Griffin, among other credits.

Drummer Rick Compton has played with some great names in jazz, including Gary Burton, Marian McPartland, Marvin Stamm, Urbie Green, Joe Farrell, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, and Slam Stewart, plus he has played in ensembles conducted by Chuck Mangione, Hank Levy, Leon Breeden, and Chick Esposito.  He is Percussion Specialist for the Utica City School District, and has also taught at Binghamton University and Hamilton College.

Bassist Cosmo Castellano has played on television (WKTV Twist-O-Rama), local dances, and numerous other gigs. He has also backed up shows for Fred Travolina, Al Martino, comedian Pat Cooper, Roger Williams, and the Utica Symphony Orchestra. Cos has played with several jazz stars, like Marion McPartland, drummer Ed Shaughnessy and trumpeter Bob McCoy (both of Tonight Show fame).

Event begins at 12:20 P.M.

Library Concourse
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Bridget MoriartyComing March 10, 2010


Society for New Music

Excerpts from Persis Vehar’s New Opera

About the performers:
Bridget Moriarty is a Syracuse native who currently serves on  the faculty at Syracuse University in the department of Drama. Bridget spends most of her time teaching, singing and accompanying throughout the greater Syracuse  area, and at Hamilton College. She is soprano soloist at DeWitt Community Church and was one of the leading singers in the  Society for New Music’s production of Robert X. Rodriguez’s opera Frida last September.
John Howell
Tenor Jonathan Howell is a Syracuse native who has been singing since he was 9 with the Syracuse Children's Chorus under Barbara Tagg. Recently he performed in several  operas with Syracuse Opera including, Magic Flute, Traviata, Othello, Macbeth, and La Boheme. Other than opera, Jonathan has performed  in many musical theatre productions and with the Society for New Music,  most recently in Frida. He is the tenor soloist at St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Syracuse, and when he is not singing, teaches voice.

Hailed by the New York Times for her musical “honesty, clarity and  compositional skill”, Persis Parshall Vehar has had works  commissioned and Persis Veharperformed by leading orchestras, opera  companies, ensembles, soloists and schools throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Known for her colorful orchestral combinations  and innovative vocal techniques, Ms. Vehar has received many of  today’s most prestigious honors and awards for composition. Upcoming CDs include From the Mountain Top, with works for trumpet and organ. Recordings of her music may be heard on the Fleur de Son Classics, Ltd., MMC, Aeolian, Loft, Capstone, and Mark labels. Vehar is currently in her 12th year as Composer-in-Residence at Canisius College.

Louis A. Angelini, Emeritus Professor of Music, retired from Utica College in 1999 after Louis A. Angelini, Emeritus Professor of Musicteaching for 30, where he served as Coordinator for Music and Coordinator for Performing Arts. Dr. Angelini holds B.M. in Music Theory from Ithaca College, and both a M.M. in Music Theory and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Eastman School of Music. Among his numerous awards are the Koussevitsky Prize in Composition from Tanglewood (the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Italy (studying electronic music at the Studio di Fonologia), the Ford Foundation Contemporary Music Project Fellowship in Composition, as well as participating in Meet the Composer, Inc., sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts. Dr. Angelini’s compositions include solos and duos for instruments and voices, chamber music, choral music, improvisations, musical theater works, and orchestral music.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
Library Concourse
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Coming March 24, 2010:

The Players of Utica


Peforming 3 stories from Saki 

About the performers:

Players of Utica TheatrePlayers of Utica has a genuinely rich and robust history from its beginning as a small social & amusement club to presenting hundreds of dramas, musicals, comedies, and original plays to more than one million residents of Central NY. Players of Utica is one of the oldest, continually producing community theatres in the United States and the oldest in New York State.  Players of Utica has always strived to provide entertainment that is unmatched in quality and value in Central NY.  With each new season, we bring a mix of performances that range from timeless classics to the bold and inspiring  -  some never before seen in Central NY.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
Library Concourse
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Coming March 31, 2010:

Sue Brown, voice; Anthony Milograno, violin

Musical performance

Anthony S. MilogranoAbout the performers:
Now 83, Anthony S. Milograno has been playing the violin since the age of 7.  Anthony served locally as the Utica Civic Band Conductor for 22 years, Concertmaster of the Utica Symphony for 18 years, Assistant Conductor 2 years, and spent 32 years as Head of the Music Department at Clinton Central School. In 2006 he completed a 25 year career as first violinist with the Chautauqua Symphony. In addition, he joined the Montevani Orchestra as a violinist and assistant conductor for a tour which took him across the United States. Anthony holds a bachelors and master’s Degree from Syracuse University.

Susan Milograno Brown '80Susan Milograno Brown '80 has been a music educator, music student, and vocalist for more than four decades. Susan is a music educator with the West Frankfort Elementary School and has previously taught at Notre Dame High School, St. Francis DeSales Elementary School, and BOCES serving the Brookfield and Holland Patent Central School Districts. Susan was a also music education and vocal major at the College of St. Rose and continued her studies at Utica College where she was awarded a BFA in 1980. She pursued graduate music studies at L'Escole Hindemith, Vevey Switzerland in 1982 and completed her Master's of science in Education at Cortland in 1996. She holds teaching certifications in Music, Art, Reading, and Elementary Education.
 
Ann KocubaA graduate of Syracuse University, Ann Kocuba holds a BS degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in keyboard accompanying. She recently retired from public education, having taught in local schools for 33 years. Ann currently holds positions as accompanist for the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, organist for both St. Francis de Sales Church in Little Falls and is an adjunct faculty member of the music department at Herkimer County Community College where she teaches voice and piano.


Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
Library Concourse
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Coming April 7, 2010:


Martin Walls

Poet

Martin WallsAbout the author:

A native of Brighton, England, Martin Walls is the author of three books of poems, including most recently The Solvay Process (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). A Witter Bynner Poetry Fellow of the Library of Congress,Walls’ poems have appeared in FIELD, The Nation, Commonweal, The Gettysburg Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Five Points, Stone Canoe, and elsewhere. Other poetry awards include a The Nation/”Discovery” award and a Breadloaf Writers’ Conference scholarship. His collaboration with photographer Philip MacCabe can be viewed online at www.smallhumandetail.com. Walls is communications manager both of the Syracuse Center of Excellence and the Syracuse University Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.

MacFarlane Auditorium, DePerno Hall
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Coming April 14, 2010:

Sue Beevers


Artist

Sue Beevers Exhibit, April 5 to May 6About the artist:

Sue Beevers knows her life is a creative journey. She is a professional painter and cellist and works from her studio in upstate NY for paintings, painted textile designs, art quilts and books that are marketed around the world. Beever’s primary interest is in the natural cycles, shapes and forms of nature and seasonal changes of her rural landscape. We see her interests in her paintings that adapt to textile designs. The patterns, melodies and variations given in nature become paintings and repeated continuous design in textiles. Paintings and Quilts are woven from her love of the rhythms in her nature inspired passions. Her art quilts are held in collections in the USA, Japan and Europe. Sue is married to David and lives in Deansboro, NY. She teaches Quilting, Weaving and other Fiber Arts workshops on the national and international level. She maintains her own branding for designs and provides fabric designs to international textile manufactures. 

For details on her exhibit in Edith Langley Barrett Fine Art Gallery, see the Gallery Web site at www.utica.edu/gallery.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
Library Concourse
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Coming April 21, 2010:

Téa Obreht


Author

Téa ObrehtAbout the author:
Téa Obreht’s first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, will be published by The Dial Press in 2011. Her fiction debut - an excerpt of The Tiger’s Wife in The New Yorker - was followed by a short story in the summer 2009 fiction issue of The Atlantic. Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, and spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States in 1997. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Téa received her M.F.A. in Fiction from the Creative Writing Program at Cornell University in 2009.
 
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MacFarlane Auditorium, DePerno Hall
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Coming April 28, 2010:


Junior B Sharp Club

Talented area music students

About the performers:
The 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.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.

Library Concourse
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Coming May 5, 2010:

Utica College Concert Band

Michael J. DiMeo, Director

Utica College Concert Band
About the performers:
The Utica College Concert Band provides an opportunity for members of all parts of the College Community as well as participants from the greater Utica area to come together and enjoy making  Music. Its director, Michael J. Dimeo, has enlarged  the band’s regular campus performances to outreach  in the community at large with its Annual Veterans’ Day Concert as well as performances at such facilities as the Presbyterian Home and Masonic Home.

Event begins at 12:30 P.M.
Library Concourse
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