by Jim Farfaglia
Once a year she appears,
this spring bride all aglow;
ready to take her vows again
just beyond my kitchen window.
Oh, how her white gown shines
next to new and ever-greens;
the gray of winter fading fast,
her blossoms pure as dreams.
She stands with arms reaching,
joyful to marry this season;
we witnesses, content to wait,
for joy is the best of all reasons.
Multi-instrumentalist Charles Pillow will join three SUNY Oswego ensembles for free public concerts in at 7:30 p.m. consecutive days at Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.
On Tuesday, May 6, the college’s Jazz Ensemble will feature Pillow, an international jazz artist, focusing on Pillow’s de-orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures in an Exhibition.”
Pillow will perform on a variety of instruments. The repertoire also will include pieces by jazz greats Pat Metheny, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and an arrangement of Joe Zawinul’s “Birdland” by Stan Gosek, emeritus professor of music at SUNY Oswego.
On May 7, Pillow will sit in on saxophone with the Oswego Jazz Project, generally an all-faculty combo that occasionally invites students and other performers to play.
On May 8, the college’s Wind Ensemble will perform the world premiere of New Zealand-Canadian composer David Lisik’s piece, “The Dogmas of the Quiet Past,” featuring Pillow on alto sax.
The group also will perform works by Percy Grainger, Eric Whitacre and Gustav Holst.
For more information on SUNY Oswego fine arts performances, visit www.oswego.edu/arts. Information on visitor parking is available at www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.
SUNY Oswego’s College-Community Orchestra will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Sheldon Hall ballroom. The orchestra’s director, Juan F. La Manna of the college’s music department, will conduct.
“Pieces performed will include Purcell’s delightful suite from the opera ‘The Fairy Queen,’ romantic and expressive excerpts from the opera “l’Arlesienne’ by French composer Bizet, and the powerful ‘Lullaby and Finale’ from Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ ballet,” La Manna said. “Beethoven’s joyous, humorous and raucous ‘Symphony No. 8’ will close the program.”
Donations to benefit the SUNY Oswego music department’s scholarship fund will be accepted.
For more information about fine arts events at Oswego, visit www.oswego.edu/arts.
Information on parking is available at www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.
Submitted by SUNY Oswego
SUNY Oswego students collected six awards at the fifth annual SUNYwide Film Festival and Symposium held in April at SUNY Fredonia.
Peter Myers’ animated film “Gone Fishing” won first place in the animation category. Jeffrey Newell’s “Myopia” received honorable mention in the experimental category as well as the prestigious Audience Choice Award.
“Ekiti Son” by Calvin Nemec won first place in the music video category. These films can be seen on online on Vimeo.
Myers, of Red Hook, is a junior cinema and screen studies major. Newell is from Liverpool and is a graduate student in art who majored in both broadcasting and cinema and screen studies as an undergraduate at Oswego.
Nemec is a junior broadcasting and cinema and screen studies major from East Aurora.
The top awards for student papers went to Oswego students: first place to “Bits of Jeanne Deilman in Irreversible and Hunger” by Michael Fisher and second place to “Spice World: The Masquerade of the Third Wave of Feminism” by Kelsey Titus.
Fisher, of Islip Terrace, graduated in December with majors in technology education and cinema and screen studies. Titus is from Cicero and is a graduate student in technology education who majored in cinema and screen studies as an undergraduate at Oswego.
Spring has sprung at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego.
Classes for the month of May include hand-painted silk scarves, sewn spring bags and hand painted papier mache boxes.
Cindy Schmidt is teaching a class in hand painted silk scarves from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. Create your own wearable art to brighten up your spring.
There is a class limit of six students. All materials will be provided.
Make a fashionable spring bag in a class offered at Lakeside Artisans from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday May 8.
The instructor, Kathy Fenlon will guide students in selecting fabric to design their own unique bag. There is a limit of four students per class.
Students will select from a variety of fabric and make the bag in class. The bag includes an easy (practically fool proof) way to install a zipper. These bags make great gifts!
Students may bring their own portable sewing machine if they have one. A machine will be provided for students who do not have one to bring.
General knowledge of operating a sewing machine is helpful — the sewing is easy and basic.
Use bright spring colors and motifs to decorate two small papier mache boxes in a class with Lakeside Artisans’ artist Michele Southgate. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17.
To register for the class, or for more information, contact us at 342-8880 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The class fee of $45 includes all supplies to make the items and a non-refundable registration fee of $10 per participant.
Registration for a class may be done in person at Lakeside Artisans or mailed to Lakeside Artisans, with contact information, at 191 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126.
Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
Sixth-grade students at Granby Elementary School recently ended a unit on ancient Greece.
As a final assessment for the unit, students were assigned a research project. These projects were then shared with the school during a Greek Festival, held in the school’s main lobby.
Students chose topics such as the Olympics, the Parthenon, Greek Gods, the ancient Greek alphabet and weaponry.
As for the actual projects, students made posters, Spartan shields, spears and temple replicas.
Students in Joe McNamara’s class studied Greece’s culture, the country’s religion, government and economy and where the country is located in Europe.