SUNY Oswego Faculty Series to Open with ‘Scenes from Minsk’

OSWEGO — The season’s Focus on Faculty concert series at SUNY Oswego will begin Sunday, Sept. 18, with a violin-reeds duet featuring the world premiere of “Scenes from Minsk,” music faculty member Jonathan Shallit’s original composition.

The concert at 3 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom also will explore the repertoires of such influential composers as Hindemith, Dubois, Busch and Paganini.

Trevor Jorgensen, assistant professor of music at SUNY Oswego, will play clarinet, saxophone and bassoon to Shallit’s violin during movements of “Scenes from Minsk,” which evoke Shallit’s memories from a trip last winter to Belarus.

“There are elements of gypsy music and sounds of klezmer that Jonathan heard there, and passages that reveal the beauty, the bustle and other scenes from Minsk,” said Jorgensen.

Other scheduled concerts in the Focus on Faculty series — all at 3 p.m. Sundays in Sheldon Hall ballroom — are Oct. 9, “New Directions” with the Oswego Jazz Project, a faculty group with which music students frequently perform; Nov. 13, “Twentieth Century Favorites,” with soprano Elisabeth Kisselstein and pianist Rebecca Horning; Feb. 19, “Winter Journey,” with tenor Todd Graber and pianist Juan Francisco La Manna; and March 4, “Out of the Blue,” featuring the Oswego- and Syracuse-based Bacchus Saxophone Quartet.

Concertgoers can obtain tickets and check for any updates to the schedule at or by calling the SUNY Oswego box office at 312-2141. Parking is free on campus on Sundays for those attending Focus on Faculty events.