Students from the Purchase College School of the Arts will perform at Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer’s inauguration celebration in Albany on New Year’s Day. Two dancers from the Conservatory of Dance and the Purchase Jazz Orchestra from the Conservatory of Music have been invited to perform at the event.
The 16-member Purchase Jazz Orchestra is directed by Grammy award-winner Todd Coolman, director of the Jazz Studies program at the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music. The big band performs jazz from every era—from staples by Ellington and Basie, to more modern works by today’s leading composers and arrangers.
The Purchase Jazz Orchestra features jazz students Andrew Gould, Evan Cobb, Sam Dillon and Bill Todd on saxophones, Brent Chiarello, Gordon Bartow, Kyle Pollard and Michael Forzano on trombones, Max Darche, Dylan Canterbury, Jonathan Saraga and Wayne Tucker on trumpets, John Fastiggi on piano, Sam Lester on guitar, Nate Allen on bass and Paul Francis on drums.
Two seniors, both award-winning scholarship students in the BFA professional training program at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, will perform new works for the inauguration in The Egg at the Hart Theatre.
Cheng-fang Wu of Taiwan will perform Exile, a modern dance choreographed for her by Edgar Zendejas with music by Geoggrey Oryema. Brian Moore of St. Louis, MO is creating a special tap/theatre piece just for this occasion.
The two dancers are both members of the Purchase Dance Corps, the performing company of the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Dean Carol K. Walker. The company presents a diversity of work ranging from reconstructions to contemporary modern and classical ballet repertory to new works created especially for the Purchase Dance Corps. The company performs major concert and participates in festivals in the United States and abroad.
The Purchase College School of the Arts encompasses the Conservatories of Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts & Film, as well as the School of Art+Design, and provides professional training in the visual and performing arts.