Concert Dates

2017 Concert Dates

Musician’s of Ma’alwyck “Suite of Love” Preview
Friday, February 10
12:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Suite of Love: an afternoon of romantic music celebrating love's joy, passion and heartbreak with music, dance, and words. Featuring Musicians of Ma'alwyck members Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violin; Norman Thibodeau, flute and Sten Isachsen, guitar, with guest artist Tess McCarthy, soprano, The Nacre Dance Company with Creative License acting troupe and wordsmith Byron Nilsson. Enjoy a fully staged performance interweaving music, with original choreography and the love stories of composers. The concert features music of Bach, Barrios, Mozart, Nin, Purcell and others.

Musician’s of Ma’alwyck “Suite of Love
Sunday, February 12

2:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
General Admission $25, SCCC students w/ID free
Reception to follow in School of Music building or (814) 441-0852 for tickets and information

Love lurks behind many a musical inspiration, which has in turn inspired the Musicians of Ma’alwyck to put together a program celebrating the music, movement, and poetry of that grand, elusive feeling. Love-music somber and love-music sweet are the heart of the Valentine’s Day concert “Suite of Love,” which weaves poetry and dance into a garland of musical selections written by Bach, Schumann, Mozart, and others.

Barrios La Catedral for solo guitar; songs by Robert Schumann and Henry Purcell will be offered alongside the Suite Espagnole for violin and guitar by Joaquin Nin-Culmell – whose sister, Anaïs Nin, penned fervent erotica – and “Blue Third Pieces” by Libby Larsen.

Beth Fecteau is creating dance pieces for her company, Nacre, to both the words and music. The text, much of it inspired by the writings of the composers themselves, is being written by eternally love-stricken wordsmith, Byron Nilsson; the words will be realized by actors from Creative License.

SUNY SCCC School of Music Artist Festival Week

February 27-March 2

Demondrae Thurman, euphonium
Monday, February 27, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Stephanie Brown, piano, master class
Tuesday, February 28, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Chad Eby, saxophone, with SCCC Jazz Faculty
Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Monday, March 6
Chamber Music Series: Evans-Lev Piano Duo

7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Series director Mark Evans, Assistant Professor, and Gili Melamed-Lev, Adjunct Faculty Member, renew their partnership at the piano performing works by Debussy and Phillip Lasser, along with Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor and a piano four-hand version of Brahms’ String Sextet in B-flat major.

Wednesday, March 29
SUNY SCCC Jazz Showcase - Live at the Van Dyck
Featuring the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos

7:30 p.m., The Van Dyck Lounge, 237 Union Street, Schenectady, free

Sunday, April 2
Capital Region Wind Ensemble “Shadow and Light”

3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, tenor saxophone soloist

CRWE presents a concert of shadow and light, and good and evil with works by Frank Ticheli, Jonathan Newman, Michael Markowski, and Shafer Mahoney. Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will perform the world premiere of Making the Darkness Conscious, an anti-hero concerto by CRWE music director, Brett L. Wery. Hulting-Cohen will also premiere Fire Caper for tenor saxophone and wind ensemble by University of Missouri composer, Dylan Arthur Baker. The concert concludes with Vincent Persichetti’s Divertimento as 25 select high school students join the CRWE for its annual side-by-side performance.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for non-SCCC students and free with SCCC ID.

Wednesday, April 12
Chamber Music Series: Faculty and Friends
Featuring the Wery-Evans Duo

7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Brett Wery tackles his Sonata for Alto Saxophone, Clarinet in B-flat, and Flute with Series director Mark Evans at the piano. Don’t miss this world premiere event! Wery and Evans are also joined by faculty members Karen Hosmer, oboe, Katy Svatek, French horn, and guest artist Gerald Lanoue, bassoon, performing Mozart’s incomparable Woodwind and Piano Quintet in E-flat major.

Tuesday, April 18
Empire Jazz Orchestra
Masters Series
with guest artist John Fedchock, trombone/composer/arranger

8 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium

Tickets are $20 for the general public; $6 for non-SCCC students; and free for SCCC students, faculty and staff with ID. For tickets, please contact the School of Music at (518) 381-1231, ext. 2 or by e-mail at

Famed trombonist and arranger John Fedchock will be joining the Empire Jazz Orchestra for a stellar evening of high-energy big band jazz. Since coming to prominence as trombonist and chief arranger of the Woody Herman Orchestra, Fedchock has become widely noted as a bandleader and soloist.

His own ensemble, the John Fedchock New York Big Band, is recognized as one of the great American jazz orchestras and his recordings have received Grammy nominations and extraordinary success on jazz radio and streaming playlists throughout the world.

In addition, Fechcok has performed and toured with T.S. Monk, the Louis Bellson Big Band, the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band,  the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, and is in high demand as a freelance and recording artist in New York and beyond. He is also Musical Director of the All-Star Big Band Jazz Cruise.

Wednesday, April 19
Brass Abbey- Brass Quintet Recital
Allyson Keyser and Omar Williams- trumpets, Catherine Pandori- horn, Phil Pandori- trombone, Mike Silvagnoli- tuba
7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free
Featuring works by Victor Ewald, Samuel Scheidt, Jan Koetsier, Alexander Goedicke, Leonard Cohen, and Claudio Mondeverdi.

Monday, April 24
SCCC Chorus

7:30 p.m., First Reformed Church, 8 Church St., Schenectady, free

Wednesday, April 26
SCCC Jazz Combos

7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Monday, May 1
SCCC Guitar Ensembles

7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Tuesday, May 2
SCCC Vocal Chamber Ensemble

7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Wednesday, May 3
SCCC Jazz/Percussion Ensemble

7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Friday, May 5
Musicians of Ma'alwyck "The Ship's Captain" Preview

12:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

The Ship's Captain, an 1817 Vaudeville, with music of Blum, Merz and Diabelli for flute, violin and guitar. Revel in spring with this delightful fun instrumental work, paired with other music of the early 1800s.

Friday, May 5
SCCC Wind Ensemble

7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Monday, May 8
SCCC Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, free

Sunday, June 4
Capital Region Wind Ensemble “Manhattan Rhapsody”

3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Mark Evans, piano soloist

CRWE concludes the season with a concert inspired by the Big Apple. This concert features Aaron Copland’s An Outdoor Overture and Jan Van der Roost’s Manhattan Pictures. The program closes with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Mark Evans, Assistant Professor, will be joining the group to perform this beloved masterpiece. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for non-SCCC students and free with SCCC ID.