Ke-Nekt Concert to Feature Violin-Piano Classic Works

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — Violinist David Mastrangelo, whom SUNY Oswego collaborator Juan Francisco La Manna describes as “a consummate artist and a wonderful, soulful human being,” will appear in concert Wednesday, March 23, in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Syracuse native Mastrangelo and longtime Florida recital partner La Manna, professor and chair of SUNY Oswego’s music department, will deliver a preconcert talk at 7 p.m., followed by their interpretation of works by Schumann, Bach, Part and Ravel in a Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series performance.

“I met David Mastrangelo a few years back, when I began conducting the Naples Philharmonic,” La Manna said. “We struck up a friendship since we had some things in common: the CNY connection, and the fact that his sister-in-law was my daughter’s violin teacher.”

Mastrangelo, now principal second violinist for the Naples Philharmonic, and La Manna began a collaboration that has continued to the present.

“The experiences have been great,” La Manna said. “We ‘really click,’ as musicians are known to say. I hope our musical affinity will come through in this performance.”

The repertoire will include Robert Schumann’s “Sonata in D Minor, Op. 121,” Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Sonata in B Minor,” Arvo Part’s “Fratres” and Maurice Ravel’s “Sonata.”

“Composers have often used the genre (violin and piano) to express their most personal, intimate feelings,” La Manna said. “These artists were complex individuals who, in one way or another, suffered a great deal. The feelings and messages in their chamber music compositions are, at times, elusive and difficult to decipher. (This) program reflects the very personal aspect and, in some cases, the composers’ anguishes and hardships.”

Wide-ranging careers

Mastrangelo began playing the violin at 8 and started studying privately at 12 in his hometown of Syracuse. He attended Southern Methodist University, where he studied with Emanuel Borok and was concertmaster of the orchestra under Ansel Brusilow. He then attended Mannes College of Music in New York, where he studied with Sally Thomas. From 1992 to 1994, he played in the New World Symphony, where he was co-concertmaster under the batons of Eduardo Mata, Hugh Wolff, Lawrence Foster, Barry Tuckwell and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others, before joining the Naples orchestra.

La Manna has been a conductor in St. Louis, Kansas City, Miami and Naples, also directing orchestras in Colorado and Romania. He has directed for the opera company Teatro Lirico d’Europa, as well as the Oswego Opera. As a pianist, La Manna has played recitals regionally, nationally and internationally.

Tickets are $15 ($12 for non-SUNY Oswego students, seniors age 60 and over and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $6 for SUNY Oswego students), and may be purchased at any SUNY Oswego box office location, online at http://tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 315-312-2141. Parking is free that evening for those attending this event.

SUNY Oswego’s Artswego and music department sponsor the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.