OSWEGO — Rob Auler, acclaimed SUNY Oswego pianist and assistant professor of music, will celebrate legendary composer and pianist Frederic Chopin’s 200th birthday with an April 11 Faculty Series performance.
“Bicentennial Celebration” also will feature Carter Pann’s “Upstate: A Slow Drag,” commissioned by the Oswego College Foundation, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in the Campus Center auditorium.
Auler said Chopin, a Polish national hero of the early 19th century, “would be on the Mount Rushmore of piano composers.” Auler will perform a variety of selections from the composer’s solo piano repertoire.
“Artists across the country and the world have been paying tribute to this great artist throughout the calendar year,” Auler said. ” He did a great deal to revolutionize writing for the piano. One of his greatest gifts is that everything sounds spontaneous and natural — almost like 19th century piano jazz.”
Pann’s work is what Auler called a “concert-ragtime composition.” The program also will include Beethoven’s “Waldstein Sonata.”
“The concert is highly audience-friendly, accessible and immediate for the listener,” Auler said.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for SUNY Oswego students through Tyler box office, or online at tickets.oswego.edu.
The Faculty Artist Series is a new music department initiative to bring more public visibility to the creative efforts of its faculty.