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Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra
Start Date: 3/28/2015Start Time: 8:00 PM
End Date: 3/28/2015

Event Description:
Featuring Ray Furuta, flute, winner of the 2015 Graduate Concerto Competition, and also a revised symphony by Professor Emeritus Peter Winkler.

Tickets: $20 and $10 (Seniors & Students). Call (631) 632-7330.

Conducted by Eduardo Leandro, the concert includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, C.P.E. Bach’s Flute Concerto in D minor, and Peter Winkler’s Symphony. The program features a work with ties to the university’s history written by Professor Emeritus Peter Winkler as well as the 2014 Graduate Concerto Competition Winner, up-and-coming flutist Ray Furuta.

Winkler’s Symphony commemorated an important moment in the history of Stony Brook University. The work premiered in a gala concert celebrating the opening of the Staller Center in 1979 (then called the Fine Arts Center). Additionally, the piece was written in celebration of Winkler’s friend David Lawton, the artistic director of the Stony Brook Opera. Lawton’s influence as an interpreter of Romantic music led Winkler to write a work that would, in Gustav Mahler's phrase, "be like the world; it must embrace everything." Winkler, who has a lifelong creative and scholarly involvement with popular music, retired from Stony Brook’s music department in 2014; he has since made revisions to his symphony and this performance will feature the revised work. The 45-minute long symphony begins with craggy dissonances and ends with a lilting, Caribbean-flavored tune in B major.

Virtuoso flutist Ray Furuta, a student of renowned flutist Carol Wincenc, is a young artist on the rise. He was recently named a Cultural Ambassador for the United States by Sister Cities International; additionally, he is the artistic director and founder of the popular Silicon Valley Music Festival in San Jose, California. He has performed internationally and has collaborated with artists such as the Juilliard, Kronos, and Emerson String Quartets.

The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra is composed of outstanding musicians from all over the world pursuing advanced studies in the graduate school of the Department of Music with renowned performance faculty.
Location Information:
West Campus - Staller Center  (View Map)
100 Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: Main Stage

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