Season Schedule

All Events Postponed to 2021-2022 Season

The Oneonta Concert Association deeply regrets that, due to the coronavirus emergency, we will be unable to safely produce our 2020-2021 concert season as planned.  We remain committed to bringing live performances to Oneonta!  The artists scheduled for this season have been flexible and gracious, and we are making plans to produce concerts with as many of them as possible next year.  Accordingly, our 93rd season will now be 2021-2022.  Subscriptions already purchased for the 93rd season will be automatically credited to the 2021-2022 season, unless a refund is requested. Please watch this site for future announcements:  If the situation has improved enough in Spring 2021, we may attempt to produce an extra concert then, but only if we can do it safely for our performers and our audience. For details on subscriptions or refunds, please call Margery Merzig, Subscription Chair, at 432-6056. Videos are not at all the same as live performances, but we encourage you to support the artists as much as possible under these trying circumstances.  Many of them include videos of some of their past performances on their own websites at the links included here on our Season Schedule page.  Some of them may be livestreaming concerts on the internet as well.  Check their websites for their own updated information.

Lysander Piano Trio – POSTPONED (Date TBA) image

Lysander Piano Trio - POSTPONED (Date TBA) 

Friday, March 27, 2020 • 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church
66 Chestnut St.
Oneonta, NY 13820

The Lysander Piano Trio (violin, cello, and piano), a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, was praised by The Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas, and a wide palette of colours.” The Trio has developed a reputation for innovative programming of masterworks from the canon alongside newer works and hidden gems of the repertoire. Their “vivid engagement carried by soaring, ripely Romantic playing” (The Washington Post) will have our concert going out like a lion!

Please visit their website:  www.lysandertrio.com

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Imani Winds – POSTPONED (Date TBA) image

Imani Winds - POSTPONED (Date TBA) 

Friday, April 24, 2020 • 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church
66 Chestnut St.
Oneonta, NY 13820

In their career of over 20 years, Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds has discovered what audiences value most from their concerts: a sense of connection– with the music, the performers, the composers, the artistry, and beyond. Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like,” Imani Winds will bring our season to a fantastic conclusion through their dynamic playing, culturally relevant programming, and virtuosic collaboration, seamlessly navigating between classical, jazz, and world music.

Please visit their website: www.imaniwinds.com

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USAF Heritage of America Concert Band – CANCELLED image

USAF Heritage of America Concert Band - CANCELLED 

Saturday, May 16, 2020 • 7:00 PM

Foothills Performing Arts Center – Main Auditorium
24 Market St.
Oneonta, NY 13820

For six decades, the USAF Heritage of America Concert Band has educated, inspired and entertained over 1.5 million people annually, by providing music for events that support Airmen and their families, our Nation’s veterans and build relationships of trust between the American people and their Air Force. The Concert Band is comprised of over 40 professional Airman-musicians who captivate audiences on regular tours throughout the East Coast with a variety of renditions of great orchestral classics, marches, Broadway hits, jazz standards, movie music and patriotic favorites.

Please visit their website: www.HeritageofAmericaBand.af.mil

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Pegasus: The Orchestra, Family Concert – POSTPONED (Date TBA) image

Pegasus: The Orchestra, Family Concert - POSTPONED (Date TBA) 

Saturday, September 19, 2020 • 3:00 PM

Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta
Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820

Pegasus: the Orchestra is a nonprofit professional orchestra with a mission to empower rising musicians with artistic freedom and promote innovative repertoire in an environment of creative thought and expression. Led by Karén Hakobyan, the orchestra brings together musicians and audiences of diverse backgrounds and cultural heritages by harnessing the power of music. Experience a truly unique concert with concertmaster, virtuoso violinist Eiko Kano, as soloist in two completely different Four Seasons: by 18th-century Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi and by 20th-century Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla.

Please visit their website: www.karenhakobyan.com/pegasus.html

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Uli Speth, violin, with Tomoko Kanamaru, piano – POSTPONED (Date TBA) image

Uli Speth, violin, with Tomoko Kanamaru, piano - POSTPONED (Date TBA) 

Friday, October 2, 2020 • 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church
66 Chestnut St.
Oneonta, NY 13820

Violinist Uli Speth is concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic, director of the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble, and a faculty member at Hartwick College and The College of New Jersey. Critics have praised his “brilliant sound and facile fingers” (Austin American Statesman) and “gorgeous tone and stunning technique” (Salzburger Nachrichten). He will be joined by pianist Tomoko Kanamaru, a native of Japan whose playing has dazzled audiences on at least four continents. Together, they will offer a recital that shows the versatility of both of their instruments.

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Catalyst Quartet – POSTPONED (Date TBA) image

Catalyst Quartet - POSTPONED (Date TBA) 

Friday, November 6, 2020 • 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church
66 Chestnut St.
Oneonta, NY 13820

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably burnished … playing with earthy vigor,” Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for “rhythnic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble playing,” the quartet will present their latest project, entitled “UnCovered” and featuring string quartets of 20th-century composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence B. Price, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Prepare to be blown away!

Please visit their website: www.catalystquartet.com

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Rachel Schutz, soprano, with Spencer Myer, piano – POSTPONED (Date TBA) image

Rachel Schutz, soprano, with Spencer Myer, piano - POSTPONED (Date TBA) 

Friday, March 19, 2021 • 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church
66 Chestnut St.
Oneonta, NY 13820

Hailed for her “diamantine high notes, witty characterization, and giddily delirious coloratura” and “communicative zest” (Boston Globe), Welsh-American soprano Rachel Schutz is increasingly in demand throughout the US, Asia and Europe for her sensitive and evocative performances and wide range of repertoire. Her multi-faceted career includes opera, concert, and recital performances. Her program of “American Voices” will feature music from all corners of the American experience, from early folk songs to Broadway standards to dazzling art songs by living composers.

Please visit Rachel’s website:  www.rachelschutz.com
Please visit Spencer’s website: https://www.spencermyer.com/

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Jon Irabagon Jazz Quartet – POSTPONED (Date TBA) image

Jon Irabagon Jazz Quartet - POSTPONED (Date TBA) 

Friday, April 16, 2021 • 7:30 PM

Foothills Performing Arts Center – Main Auditorium
24 Market St.
Oneonta, NY 13820

2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition winner and 2013 New York City Jazz Record’s Musician of the Year, Jon Irabagon combines honoring jazz music’s history with a bold, unique vision for its future direction. This concert is a part of an extensive northeastern tour featuring a new all-star rhythm section and a new book of original quartet compositions to be recorded for his own label, Irabbagast Records. The quartet will feature Jon Irabagon on saxophone, Matt Mitchell on Piano, Chris Lightcap on Bass, and Dan Weiss on Drums.

Please visit Jon’s website: www.jonirabagon.com

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Special Thanks to …

OCA’S LEAD SEASON SPONSOR

OCA five star subaru logo

Five Star Subaru of Oneonta is proud to support the arts as Lead Sponsor of OCA’s 2018-2019 season. wedosubaru.com

Special thanks also to the Hartwick College Music Department for sponsoring the Boston Brass concert and supporting a workshop for area brass students. And we also thank SUNY Oneonta for their long-time support of OCA educational and concert programs. OCA collaborations with our local college Theater and Music Departments greatly benefit area residents and help OCA address its mission of promoting arts education.

www.oneonta.edu | www.hartwick.edu

The OCA would like to thank the First United Methodist Church of Oneonta for their support as a wonderful venue for performances and a welcoming space for our board meetings.

Oneonta Concert Association programs have been made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. OCA is also supported by Five Star Subaru, New York Central Mutual Insurance, WSKG Public Radio, the Dewar Foundation, the Eggleston Foundation, and other area foundations.