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YALE, 1966, REVISITED

Four composers who were all attending Yale School of Music in 1966 were reunited in Oneonta on April 9, 2010 to present several of their works at a concert in Hartwick College Anderson Theatre. Composer Frank Bennett traveled with his wife, the world-renowned singer and veena virtuoso, Geetha Ramanathan Bennett, from the Los Angeles area to present "Tillana", a piece for veena and mridangam. The premier performance of Mr. Bennett’s string work written for duo parnas, "Three Sketches", was also performed. This piece is delightful and was particularly well-received.

Composer Carleton Clay, a resident of Oneonta and music professor for 39 years, who organized this event as part of the Catskill Conservatory’s Spring Music Festival, was to have presented two works including "Some Favored Frost" and "Elegy." Though this setting of eight of Robert Frost's poems could not be performed due to an illness, "Elegy" for duo strings, was played by Madalyn and Cicely, as was Brian Fennelly's award-winning "Sigol for Two" and his new piece "Maverick Tango."

The minimalist composer who coined the term "minimalism", Tom Johnson, came to Oneonta from Paris to present four works: "1,2,3" was performed by Hartwick College Choir, "Monologue for Tuba" and "Tilework for Tuba" by David Unland, and "Eggs and Baskets" by duo parnas. "Eggs and Baskets", an interesting, entertaining and musically revealing work, presents the dilemma of putting two to six eggs in two baskets and all the possible permutations for each case. If each egg was represented as a note on a scale, and the two instruments represent the two baskets… well the resultant music tells the story! Some eggs sadly do break!


L-R: Carleton Clay, Frank Bennett, David Unland, Madalyn Parnas, Cicely Parnas, Brian Fennelly, Tom Johnson
L-R: Carleton Clay, Frank Bennett, David Unland, Madalyn Parnas, Cicely Parnas, Brian Fennelly, Tom Johnson

Truly one of the most varied, entertaining, and stimulating concerts ever conceived! Thank you Carleton!