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An exciting variety of dance companies, music genres of all kinds, a cirque extravaganza, a theatrical creation featuring the Emerson String Quartet, and the 2019 Gala with opera star Renée Fleming are among the many performances coming to the Staller Center for the Arts in its 2018-2019 season. Tickets for the 2018-2019 season go on sale Saturday, May 5, with discounts offered for multiple show purchases and on tickets for children, students and seniors. Go to stallercenter.com for complete information or call (631) 632-ARTS. Season at a Glance An Evening with Pat Metheny  Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8 pm Compania…

The University Orchestra will present its annual Family Orchestra Concert on Tuesday, March 6, on Staller Center’s Main Stage at 7:30 pm. The orchestra will perform this one-hour interactive concert, “Adventures in Orchestral Music,” with conductor Susan Deaver.  The featured soloist is violinist Mariana Knaupp, winner of the 2017 Stony Brook University Young Artists Program Concerto Competition. Mariana, who is high school student in Huntington, will perform the first movement of Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor with the orchestra. The concert also includes pieces that adventurously showcase the orchestra, including Glinka Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla, Copland Ho-Down from…

Allison Van Cott believes in the power of music to heal. “Music was my sanctuary growing up. As a teacher, I’ve taught that to my students. It’s not about going to Carnegie Hall: it’s about the feeling that music brings you,” Van Cott explains. Van Cott initially got into Stony Brook in the ‘80s on a piano audition. She hadn’t even done her SATs at the time. “Things were a little different,” she said, laughing. However, she didn’t stay at the University, choosing instead to teach piano lessons for children and to focus on raising her daughter. As a result,…

Composer and cellist Margaret Schedel, who co-directs computer music at Stony Brook University, discusses the use of computers to create artificial intelligence (AI) music in a recent BBC Culture article, “Is this the world’s first good robot album?”. Computers have been creating music for years, but now AI researchers are using the latest technology such as artificial neural networks that allow computers to learn by doing. The article talks about a new project called Flow Machines, in which dozens of music scores were fed into the computer system, analyzed, and then new songs were generated. Schedel doesn’t think computers will…

Members of the Stony Brook University Orchestra, vocal soloists and conductors will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 10, at 3 pm in the Recital Hall at Staller Center. Admission for this seasonal traditional concert is free. Vocal scores will be available for purchase at the door for $10. Choruses from Part One, Worthy is the Lamb/Amen and the Hallelujah Chorus will be sung by the audience. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (631) 632-7330 or www.stonybrook.edu/music.

The University Orchestra will present a concert featuring the music of Mozart, Schumann and Tchaikovsky on Tuesday, November 14, on Staller Center’s Main Stage at 8 pm. The orchestra will perform Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 in G minor “Winter Dreams,” and Schumann’s iconic Koncertstucke for Four Horns and Orchestra performed by horn soloists Wilden Dannenbert, Edward House, Bryan Kupferman, and Elizabeth Schmidt — all music students at Stony Brook. The University Orchestra, conducted by Susan Deaver, is a 70-member ensemble of Stony Brook undergraduate students. Tickets are $10 general and $5 seniors and students, and…

Celebrating 50 years of outstanding teaching, learning, and musicianship, Stony Brook University’s Department of Music can boast of outsize impact on the cultural scene worldwide. From opera stars to eminent musicologists, Stony Brook has spawned an impressive roster of talent that’s charting new territory in sound and performance. “We have justifiable pride in our notable faculty and 2,039 alumni who have fanned out throughout the world, performing in pre-eminent ensembles; teaching at prestigious institutions; creating, performing and studying music; and serving in important administrative capacities,” Department of Music Chair Perry Goldstein said. A prime example is the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet…

In 2017, Stony Brook graduate student and ethnomusicologist Jay Loomis and assistant professor of computer science Roy Shilkrot teamed up to secure a grant to create 3D printed replicas of ancient wind instruments. The goal? To give museum-goers an opportunity to interact with rare instruments rather than merely viewing them through a glass enclosure. Loomis had been interested in wind instruments since he was a boy in Wisconsin, when he was struck deeply by flute music wafting from his car radio. After he moved to Long Island, his thirst for playing dovetailed with an insatiable curiosity about indigenous musical instruments. He hoped…

Come cheer on the docs who rock in bands from Stony Brook University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Northport VA, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and Southampton Hospital. Proceeds benefit the best ideas in medicine at Stony Brook Cancer Center. The battle of the bands will be held on Sunday, September 17, from 2 pm to 8 pm at 89 North, located at 89 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY. The price is $20 per person (cash bar) and includes hot buffet, desserts and giveaways. Register online now For more information, please call (631) 444-1088.

The University Orchestra includes 70 to 75 undergraduate students and presents a series of concerts at Staller Center each semester. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 28, and Tuesday, August 29, in Staller 2342. The sign-up sheet for auditions will be posted next to Staller 3304 the week before classes begin, so students can sign up for an audition when they arrive on campus. For the audition, students need to play two short, contrasting excerpts from a solo or concerto of their choice or three contrasting standard orchestral excerpts. University Orchestra is made up of both music majors and…

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