Local Composer/Musician to Perform at SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus and Join Band at Paramount

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Local composer/musician Joseph Bertolozzi will hold a concert with The Bronze Collection, his exotic collection of gongs and cymbals from around the world, on SUNY Orange’s Newburgh campus April 30 and will then join the College’s Symphonic Band as a guest musician/composer for the ensemble’s May 2 concert at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre.

PHOTO: Joe Bertolozzi and The Bronze CollectionBertolozzi’s performance in Newburgh will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 221 of the College’s Tower Building, located at One Washington Center. Earlier that day, beginning at 11 a.m., Bertolozzi will conduct a master class in Orange Hall on SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus. Admission to both events is free. The master class discussion will focus on Bertolozzi’s work, The Bronze Collection and the Bridge Music Project.

The Symphonic Band’s May 2 concert, to feature music by American composers inspired by America’s natural resources under the theme “Nature’s Calling,” will begin at 8 p.m. in the Paramount. Prior to the concert, Bertolozzi, band director Kevin Scott and SUNY Orange professor Paul Basinski will conduct a 7:15 p.m. discussion on music and the environment. Admission to the concert is $5.

The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band, comprised of students and community members, will hold an open dress rehearsal—in advance of its May 2 performance—at 7 p.m., April 29 in the Paramount. Admission is free.

All five events are sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department in conjunction with SUNY Orange’s “Global Initiative: Sustaining the Earth,” a yearlong educational program designed to examine issues of environmental stewardship, explore measures to sustain a healthy environment for years to come, and celebrate local and global solutions to environmental problems

The Symphonic Band performance will feature James Barnes’ “Yellowstone Portraits.” This three-movement work, the fourth of his five symphonies, was commissioned by the Kansas City Youth Symphony, and was later transcribed by the composer for symphonic band. Also included on the concert program are Bertolozzi’s “Wings of Eagles,” commissioned by the United States Military Academy Band and the City of Poughkeepsie; Homer C. LaGassey’s symphonic essay “Sequoia”; Brian Balmages’ “Pele,” a concerto for French Horn and wind ensemble portraying the legendary volcano goddess of Hawaii; and Earl Mays’ “Tropical Breeze. Christine Sacchi, the band’s principal horn, will be the soloist during the performance of “Pele.”

Bertolozzi’s April 30 concert will include an array of musical selections, specifically crafted for The Bronze Collection,” under three themes: “Voyage of the Ancients,” “From the Seven Wonders of the World,” and “A Day at the Open,” which will include audience participation. Bertolozzi’s music has been performed by such diverse groups as the United States Military Academy Band and the award-winning Chestnut Brass Company, while he himself has performed around the globe, including such unique venues at The Vatican and the U.S. Tennis Open.

To commemorate the 400th anniversary, in 2009, of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the Hudson River, Bertolozzi will compose music for live, public concerts specifically to be performed upon the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge (The Mid-Hudson Bridge), using the bridge itself as the instrument. The Mid-Hudson Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

For more information on these events, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787 or (845) 341-4393.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940