Hartwick's Dr. Jason L. Curley

Hartwick’s Curley to Conduct Symphony with Rock Band Chicago

September 3, 2013

Hartwick College Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Jason Leo Curley will conduct the Utica Symphony Orchestra this fall in their performance alongside legendary rock & roll band Chicago.

The band, famous for songs such as "Hard To Say I'm Sorry", "25 or 6 to 4", and "You're the Inspiration", will perform at the Stanley Center for the Arts in Utica, NY at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5 as part of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute's Great Artist Series.

"The Board of the Utica Symphony Orchestra approached me this April about more progressive programming mixed in with their classics," said Curley. "Given my successes at Hartwick College with respect to Rock Orchestra and Fall in Love with Motown, they thought that my youthful edge could help them re-establish and broaden their audience. I was happy to take up the reigns, and we kick-started the season with a summer concert in June at the Uptown Theatre, which seats 500 people. This November, the concert with Chicago is located at Utica's historic Stanley Theatre which holds twice the size of orchestra members, and the hall seats almost 3,000 patrons! It's going to be an amazing experience for all, and I'm glad that my fellow faculty and some distinguished alumni that are working professionals are able to join me on stage. I hope that the Oneonta community has a chance to attend ... tickets are selling out fast!"

Chicago will play with the Utica Symphony Orchestra, which consists of musicians from near and far. In addition to Curley's music direction and conducting of the engagement, he will be joined by several Hartwick College Artists-in-Residence, Adjunct Professors of Music, and rising stars from the pool of Hartwick Alumni within the Orchestra. These members of the American Federation of Musicians include: Dr. Ana Laura Gonzalez (flute/piccolo), Daniel Hane (bassoon), Uli Speth (violin), Michael DePauw (tuba), Sean M.W. Degan '11 (string bass), and Patrick Duffy '10 (keyboard).

Chicago, ranked No. 13 in Billboard Magazine's Top 100 artists of all time, have sold more than 100,000,000 records and produced 34 albums, 25 of which have gone platinum.

To see Curley and other Hartwick instructors in this performance alongside Chicago, please visit or to purchase tickets, which are on sale now.

For additional information, contact Curley at 607-431-4802 or at

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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