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Upcoming SUNY Geneseo Concerts Offer Musical Variety

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The Geneseo Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Spectrum Women's Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble are all performing within a week. All are free and open to the public.

GENESEO, N.Y. – Upcoming concerts featuring SUNY Geneseo musicians and singers are providing great variety as the College approaches the end of the first semester of the school year. All are free and open to the public.

Geneseo Wind Ensemble

Newly appointed Geneseo Wind Ensemble Director Leah McGray will conduct the ensemble Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. The program will feature “Memorium: A Tribute to David Maslanka and Karel Husa,” with music by Strauss, Bach, Husa, Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day,” and a previously unpublished suite. Maslanka was an American composer especially known for his music for winds, having composed a third of his 150 works for wind ensemble. He passed away last summer at his home in Montana. Husa was a Czech-born composer and conductor. He won the 1969 Pulitzer Price for Music. He died last December in North Carolina.

McGray recently joined the Geneseo music faculty. She also conducts the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra.

Winter Choral Concert Featuring Geneseo Chamber Singers and Spectrum Women’s Ensemble

Gerard Floriano, professor and chair of the Department of Music, and department lecturer Amy Cochrane will direct the Geneseo Chamber Singers and Spectrum Women’s Ensemble, respectively, in the College’s annual Winter Choral Concert Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Geneseo’s St. Michael’s Church, 23 Main St.

The concert will feature John Rutter’s arrangement of “Oh Holy Night” and Bach’s “Magnificat” (BWV 243).

The Geneseo Percussion Ensemble

Music Department Lecturer Jim Tiller directs the Geneseo Percussion Ensemble concert Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium.

On the program are Beck’s “Jazz Variants,” Daughtrey’s “Immortal Dream” and “Mercury Rising,” and the acrobatic “Fanfare for Tambourines” for six tambourine players.

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