ONEONTA, N.Y. -SUNY Oneonta's Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra and World Percussion Ensemble will join world music trio Globetrotting and several faculty soloists at a performance on Friday, Nov. 11, to dedicate the new music wing of the college's Fine Arts building. The public is invited to attend the event, which will begin at 8 p.m.
Attendees will be the first to hear a new work by Assistant Professor Jeremy Wall, who is best known as a founding member of the ground-breaking jazz-fusion group Spyro Gyra. Commissioned for this occasion, Wall's "Songs of Peace" is based on Muslim, Jewish and Christian writings. Like many of his compositions, it blends jazz, classical, pop and world music.
"I developed a number of the themes for the piece during a trip to Morocco last year," Wall said. "And there are R&B and Brazilian influences, as well."
Dr. Orlando Legname, chair of the SUNY Oneonta Music Department, will conduct the performance in the wing's Large Rehearsal Hall.
"We couldn't be happier to host this event. It will be such an exciting moment for our faculty and student performers," said Legname. "What better way to officially open a music wing than to play a concert?"
The new music wing opened at the start of the fall semester. A $6.7 million addition to the Fine Arts building, it includes several rehearsal spaces, digital recording capabilities and variable tunable walls.
"We're thrilled to offer such a sophisticated facility to students who are practicing, performing and recording music," said SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski. "It's a beautiful space and we're looking forward to showing it off at this dedication."
For additional information about the new music wing's dedication ceremony, contact the SUNY Oneonta Music Department at (607) 436-3415.