OSWEGO – A piano recital of beautiful music will be performed on March 8 at 3 p.m. in the ballroom of Sheldon Hall at SUNY Oswego.
Admission is free.
Pianist Juan Francisco La Manna will play selections by Brahms (his three Intermezzi Op. 117), Debussy (his Images, book II), Ginastera (his Three Argentinean Dances).
Rounding up the program will Mozart’s piano concerto in A major, K 488, performed with members of the College Community Orchestra.
During the first half, paintings and old photographs will be projected behind the piano.
“I am very excited about this program” said La Manna, a professor of Music at the College since 1997. “The Brahms selections are somber, as he composed them after a friend’s and a sister’s death. French composer Debussy wrote his Images to evoke wonderful pictures, such as church bells, ancient temples, and goldfish. And Ginastera’s pieces are lively and rhythmic: they are inspired by his folk music. The Mozart concerto is a most beautiful piece, especially the second movement, which is simply sublime.”
La Manna has performed as a soloist, both in recitals and with orchestras and has played many concerts regionally and in England, Italy and Venezuela.
Active as a conductor as well, he was conductor for Miami City Ballet and artistic director of Oswego Opera for many years.