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2018-2019 Season / Specials / Achievements of Women in Music
All performances at 7:30pm at Waterman Theatre @ SUNY Oswego




Symphoria celebrates 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and the legacy of Central New York women who were leading voices in the movement with a program featuring the music of award winning female composers.   The program includes diverse works ranging from America's first successful female composer, Amy Beach, Joan Tower's America the Beautiful inspired work Made in America, to Caroline Shaw's innovative Entre'Acte.



TOWER: Made in America       
HIGDON: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone/Oboe       
SHAW: Entre’Acte      
MAZZOLI: Holy Roller
BEACH: Symphony No.2, op.32, E minor (Gaelic) (IV. Allegro di molto)


Free parking is available in the Irving garage for this performance


PLEASE NOTE: This performance will also be performed at Wells College at 7:30pm on Saturday October 20th and at the Waterman Theater on the SUNY Oswego Campus on October 24th at 7:30pm with Trevor Jorgensen as saxophone soloist.



This concert is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.   



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Achievements of Women in Music

7:30pm | Waterman Theatre @ SUNY Oswego
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About Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto..

This “Oboe Concerto” gives the instrument a chance to highlight its extraordinary lyrical gift. The beauty of the soaring line intrigued me as a starting point, and then the realization that the oboe makes a great partner for duets within an orchestral texture, sent me in the direction of creating interactions with other instruments in the supporting ensemble.

This instrument’s playful quality in quick-moving passages set the tone for the faster

I have always thought of the oboe as being a most majestic instrument, and it was a pleasure to be able to create a work that would highlight its beauty and grace. “Oboe Concerto” was commissioned by the Minnesota Commissioning Club, and premiered by Kathy Greenbank and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in 2005.
–Jennifer Higdon

Artist Information:

Heather Buchman

Heather Buchman is director of the Hamilton College Orchestra and Chamber Music program and Chair of the Department of Music. She has served as Education and Outreach Conductor for Symphoria, Syracuse’s professional orchestra. She has developed numerous innovative programs for Symphoria, as well as for the orchestral and chamber programs at Hamilton College. She appears frequently as conductor and trombonist with the Society for New Music and other organizations.

In her work with Symphoria she developed several innovative programs for the orchestra’s Kids and Spark series. She has also developed various artistic collaborations at Hamilton College, including a fully staged production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and a new interdisciplinary event, called Sight/Sound/Spoken, mixing chamber music with performances by creative writers and displays of student artwork. Her interests include experimenting with concert format; performing in nontraditional, informal, and architecturally unique spaces; mixing performance and education (as in the Brainstorm series with Hamilton College Orchestra); and in a wide range of collaborative work.

Buchman’s work in regional arts advocacy has been recognized by a citation from the Society for New Music in 2013 and Civic Morning Musicals’ Ruth Edson Award in 2014. She serves on the board of CNY Arts, a regional organization working with NY State Council on the Arts and other funders for supporting and promoting arts and culture in Central New York. In 2012 she received Hamilton College’s Class of 1963 Award for Outstanding Teaching. She served on the ad hoc committee that developed Hamilton College's educational goals.

Buchman completed professional studies in conducting at the Juilliard School, earned a M.M. in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, and a B. Mus. degree in trombone from the Eastman School of Music. More recent studies include conducting workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia.

She served as Principal Trombonist of the San Diego Symphony from 1988-1997. She won prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany and the New York Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition.

A more recent path of exploration has been the study of ballet. She explores the parallels and intersections between music and dance in her teaching and in performance. Other interests include the connections between music/sound and other art forms and fields, and developing collaborations grounded in these connections.

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