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Scaglione takes up baton for Slee Sinfonietta concert

Case Scaglione is among the conductors who will lead UB's Slee Sinfonietta.  

By PHILIP E. REHARD

Published September 15, 2016

UB’s Slee Sinfonietta, under the baton of Case Scaglione, former associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic, will perform works by Schoenberg and Boulez at a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus.

The concert by UB’s professional chamber orchestra-in-residence is presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music.

UB music faculty member Tiffany Du Mouchelle, who wrote her dissertation on the performance of “Pierrot Lunaire,” one of the Schoenberg works to be performed, will offer a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for UB faculty/staff/alumni, seniors and non-UB students. UB students are free with ID.

Tickets may be purchased in advance in person at the Center for the Arts box office, online at www.tickets.com or one hour before concert time at the Slee box office.

The flagship ensemble of the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, the Slee Sinfonietta each year presents a series of concerts of challenging new works by contemporary composers and lesser-known works from the chamber orchestra repertoire.

Leading conductors and composers regularly conduct the Sinfonietta, founded in 1997 by composer David Felder, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Birge-Cary Professor of Music at UB, and comprised of a core group that includes UB faculty performance artists, visiting artists, national and regional professionals, and advanced performance students.

The ensemble has produced world-class performances of important repertoire; it tours and records, as well as presenting unique concert experiences for listeners of all levels of experience.

During the 2015-16 concert season, Scaglione made concert debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, as well as with the Juilliard Orchestra at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. He also returned to South America to work with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia and made his French debut with Orchestre National d’Île de France on a six-concert tour.

He debuted with the New York Philharmonic as assistant conductor in 2011 and was named associate conductor — a position that was revived especially for him by Music Director Alan Gilbert — during the 2014-15 season.

Scaglione is a recipient of the Conductor’s Prize from the Solti Foundation and the Aspen Conducting Prize.