Department of Drama 2016-17 Season

Rust Echoes

Mar 23 – Apr 06, 2017
Faculty members Zeke Leonard and Katherine McGerr present an installation and performance inspired by the N.Y. Central Railroad.

Zeke Leonard and Katherine McGerr’s “Rust Echoes” is a gallery installation and performance inspired by the sonic landscape of the New York Central Railroad. The installation will be on view March 20-April 6, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 23, from 6-8 p.m. Performances will be held on March 24, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m.

For 100 years, the New York Central Railroad moved goods and people throughout the Northeast and Midwest; its connectivity helped to forge the economic and social framework of Central New York. The installation consists of five interactive sculptures made of the materials and forms that were common to the railroad. Steel and wood are given a voice, and railroad tools and hardware are used as musical instruments.

This installation is part of an ongoing project, “Salt City Found-Object Instrument Works,” an exploration by Leonard into resource usage and community building created through the making, distribution and playing of musical instruments.

The performance, devised by McGerr and featuring five students from SU:VPA’s Department of Drama, presents poems and stories about the railroad in dialogue with the sonic sculptures in the installation.

Leonard is an assistant professor in VPA’s School of Design, a member of the environmental and interior design faculty, and coordinator of the school’s first-year experience. His research involves the role of social responsibility and environmental stewardship in contextually relevant design and fabrication practices. Leonard regularly partners with community groups and organizations to find ways to put local resources to better use. 

McGerr is an assistant professor in VPA’s Department of Drama. For nearly 10 years she has been on the artistic staff of Chautauqua Theater Company, where she currently serves as new play development manager as well as the director of their annual Young Playwrights Festival. She regularly incorporates new plays into her teaching practice. Other research interests include the incorporation of plays by female playwrights into scene study repertoire and Stanislavski's Action Analysis system.

Allegro Youth Wind Ensembles

Mar 26, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Part of the Setnor School's community music division, the ensembles are for middle and high school students.

The Allegro Youth Wind Ensembles, part of the Setnor School of Music's community music division, are comprised of the Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble for high school students and the Poco Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble for middle school students. Allegro is directed by Terry Caviness, high school band director in Fulton, New York, and Professor Justin Mertz of the Setnor School of Music. Poco Allegro is directed by Elizabeth Buell, band director in the Westhill (New York) School District. These varied groups of professionals, who participate in rehearsal and performance collaborations with students, make playing in the Allegro and Poco Youth Wind Ensembles a unique experience.


Poco Allegro

Cedar Valley March | Steve Hodges

Country Wildflowers | Larry Daehn

Atlas | William Palange

Highlights from Annie | Charnin/Strouse
arr. by Johnnie Vinson


March Bou Shu | Satoshi Yagisawa

Burnin’ | Gary D. Ziek

Climb to Glory | William Palange

Selection from Phantom of the Opera | Andrew Lloyd Webber
arr. by Warren Barker

Parkour | Samuel Hazo

Margaret Hoeschele, Voice | Setnor Student Recital Series

Mar 26, 2017
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Hoeschele is a junior music major in the Setnor School of Music.

Margaret Hoeschele, a junior music major in the Setnor School of Music, will present a voice recital. With Josh Corcoran, piano.


Dans un bois solitaire, K. 308 | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Das Veilchen, K. 476

Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen | Hugo Wolf  (1860-1903)
Mein Leipster hat zu Tische mich geladen
Heb’ auf dein blondes Haupt
Wohl kenn’ ich Euren Stand
Ihr jungen Leute, die Ihr zieht ins Feld

Fiançailles pour rire | Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
I. La dame d’Andre
II. Dans l’herbe
III. Il vole
VI. Fleurs

“Home” | Music by Alan Menken (b. 1949) | Lyrics by Tim Rice (b. 1944)
from Beauty and the Beast