OSWEGO — Accomplished concert pianist Robert Auler of SUNY Oswego’s music department will present “Reinventions,” a Focus on Faculty Series recital at 3 p.m. Nov. 9, in Sheldon Hall ballroom.
For each piece, Auler either will play a different version from the original or comment in new ways on existing source material or inspiration.
Among the works, Auler will perform three short Johann Sebastian Bach pieces that started life as cantatas: “Sleepers Awake,” “Sheep May Safely Graze” and “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring.”
The artist also will play a group of new compositions, the most notable a piece by new SUNY Oswego music faculty member Paul Leary titled “Perfume,” based on the music of Nirvana and its late lead singer Kurt Kobain.
“This is a stunning composition by my new colleague here at Oswego, Paul Leary — and it’s a great pleasure to bring this to Oswego audiences,” Auler said. “We’re so thrilled to have Paul on faculty.”
The final piece will be George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Auler said, but with a twist — it is Gershwin’s adaptation for piano only. “While the orchestra is not present here, nonetheless the work retains its impact,” Auler explained.
“It’s a great opportunity to connect our campus with the community, and to bring a classical piano recital to our students,” he said.
The award-winning pianist maintains a national and international performing and recording career. He recently published the critically acclaimed CD “Shards” with composer Jonathan Pieslak.
Auler has won numerous competitions, including the Society of American Musicians first prize. Following his success in the Young Keyboard Artists’ Association Piano Competition, Auler was invited to perform on a 15-city tour with orchestra throughout Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark. He recently performed in China and South Africa.
Tickets for “Reinventions” are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students) and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141.
Parking is included in the ticket price, and is available in the lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.