The Fredonia School of Music will host several events during Homecoming Weekend
On Thursday at 8 p.m. in Rosch, Fredonia alumnus and Eastman School of Music professor, Tony Caramia, piano, will take the stage with Fredonia music faculty members Kieran Hanlon, bass and Alec Dube, drums for an evening of jazz. The concert, entitled, “1917: Celebrating the 100th Birthdays of Jazz Icons,” will focus on several jazz icons who were born in 1917. This centennial concert celebrates their music and the legacy they left us. The program will include selections from the genius of Thelonious Monk (b. Oct. 10); Tadd Dameron (b. Feb. 21); Johnny Guarnieri (b. March 23); Dizzy Gillespie (b. Oct. 21); and Buddy Rich (b. Sept. 30). Event is free and open to the public.
On Friday at 8 p.m. in Rosch, the annual 1970s Fredonia Jazz Ensemble Alumni Concert will take place, featuring tunes made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, Lena Horn, and Buddy Rich. In honor of Mango Santamaria’s 100th birthday, the group will perform “Watermelon Man” written by Herbie Hancock and made famous by Santamaria. Event is free and open to the public. This event will be live streamed at fredonia.edu/music/live.
Also that night, the greatly anticipated 60th Anniversary Hillman Opera Celebration Concert will be held at 8 p.m. in King Concert Hall. Guest alumni operatic artists who have graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera and boast international operatic reputations return to the place where it all began. Also featured will be current students in a chorus of 120 as well as in featured roles. Famous arias and operatic scenes from La Boheme, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, and many others will be part of this special program. Featuring the Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Rudge. Sponsored by Lake Shore Savings and Gugino and Ryel Financial. Gala event details and tickets available online: www.fredonia.edu/tickets.
On Saturday, over 40 alumni of the percussion department, along with 10 current students majoring in music performance, music education and sound recording technology and current faculty from the School of Music are coming together to celebrate Dr. Kay Stonefelt, the recipient of two prestigious awards: Lifetime Achievement in Education by the Percussive Arts Society and the rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor. Pre-concert music will be performed at various places around campus — under the awning at the main entrance of Mason Hall, the tent area outside of the Williams Center and the Williams Center patio near Tim Hortons, beginning at 3 p.m. Food trucks are expected to be stationed near the Williams Center.
The final concert will be performed at 4 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall.
All events are free and open to the public.
And, finally, on Sunday, Oct. 22, the Fredonia String Festival will be held in Mason Hall. Starting at 1 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall, four renowned guest artists will take the stage for a performance of solo and chamber repertoire. Guest artists include: Scott St. John (violin), Sheila Browne (viola), Thomas Kraines (cello), and Diana Gannett (bass). Tickets for the concert are $15, www.fredonia.edu/tickets or call 673-3501. A series of string workshops and master classes will take place after the concert (free and open to the public).
For a complete list of upcoming music events, visit http://events.fredonia.edu/music.