An Exciting Year of Arts Planned at SUNY Oswego


By: Clare Callahan

Two dynamic performance series take place at SUNY Oswego over the next year along with an Art Exhibition that will be occurring at the gallery of SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.  The Artswego Performing Arts Series is hosting six dance, musical theater and music events, the Ke-Nekt Chamber of Music Series is hosting a range of musical talent including jazz artists, a string quartet and a trumpeter.  The Fall Art Exhibition at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse is featuring art by Melissa Johnson.  This diverse range of events is sure to keep the campus and the CNY community entertained over the coming season!



The Artswego Performing Arts Series serves to act as a catalyst for high quality art programs that enhance the cultural environment of SUNY Oswego, the city of Oswego and surrounding communities.  The Waterman Theater in Tyler Hall, which has been used as a venue for the series in years past, is currently under renovation.  This year, event locations will vary throughout the series.  One will occur in a lakeside circus tent and another will take place at a historic site in Oswego.  All of these venues will allow the audience to completely engage in Oswego’s culture.  


Dafnis Prieto, a drummer who will be performing with a Latin Jazz Quartet, will be opening Oswego’s new season. Prieto has released five albums and created music for dance, film and his own bands. He is best known for the high energy of his live performances.  The accompanying artists, The Si o Si Quartet, is known for their rich performances on alto saxophone, piano and bass.  This event will be taking place in the SUNY Oswego Hewitt Union Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23.  Future events include Senegal St. Joseph’s Choir, Vague de Cirque and Third rail.  Stay tuned for more detailed information on these events or visit:



SUNY Oswego's Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series this season offers star power and a wide array of instrumentalists and styles, including classically trained musicians who cover Radiohead and Led Zeppelin, a renowned much-studied trumpeter/composer, a homegrown orchestral violinist and a respected bassoonist.

The season opener for SUNY Oswego's Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series features a performance by Jeremy Mastrangelo, a Syracuse native.  He is performing the three violin sonatas of Brahms.  Brahm’s sonatas have been considered among the most beautifully written for the violin and piano repertoire.  This is fitting for the talent of Mastrangelo who has travelled as a guest concertmaster to Oregon and Canada along with having been a soloist for the Syracuse Symphony.


His performance is a great start for the Ke-Nekt Music Series!  It takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Sheldon Hall ballroom.  There will also be a pre-concert talk at 7p.m. performed by Juan F. La Manna of the SUNY Oswego music department.  For more information on this event visit  Information about future events in the concert series will be posted on the blog!


Fall Art Exhibition:

The first fall art exhibition for the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse will feature the work of Central New York artist Melissa Johnson. Johnson's work incorporates organic forms and animal imagery, and features a variety of marks and materials.  The public is invited to an opening reception on September 11th from 5-7pm.  The exhibit runs from September 11-October 11th and is free to the public!  It takes place at the Tyler Art Gallery at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse. For information on gallery hours visit:

The diverse nature of these events serves to invigorate the already thriving culture in Oswego.  The series are great opportunities to explore and engage with music and art! Stay tuned for more details about the coming events!


Posted On: September 08, 2014
Listed As: Events in CNY