NEWS & EVENTS

Ravi Best

Hartwick College Summer Music Festival Kicks off 66th Season July 9

July 3, 2012

Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Jason Leo Curley, the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival will begin its 66th season on July 9, 2012. Among its renowned faculty is Ravi Best, a freelance trumpet player in New York for the past 20 years who has played with some of the greatest names in pop, jazz, and R&B.

Best has performed with several jazz, pop, and R&B artists, such as Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilara, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Ray Charles, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, and Wynton Marsalis. He has toured and recorded with Ani Difranco, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, the David Murray Big Band and Octet, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, and the Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra.

Best has also performed in the pit orchestras of many Broadway shows such as "Swing!," "Kat and the Kings," "42nd Street," "Sweet Charity," "La Cage au Folle, "Baby It's You," and "AnyThing Goes."

He has been a faculty member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Middle School Jazz Academy under the direction on Wynton Marsalis and has taught privately for many years. He holds a BA from Howard University, and a MA in Jazz Performance from NYU.

The HCSMF experience is rich with musical learning, exploration, and discovery. Students work closely with excellent faculty and guest artists and attend small workshops on a wide range of topics. There are opportunities to participate in large and small ensemble groups in a highly collaborative atmosphere.

Each year about 120 qualified students are selected for the Festival. By limiting the size of the Festival, we ensure that each student gets an intensive, quality experience. Students are chosen on the basis of musical promise, ability, and curiosity.

The Hartwick College Summer Music Festival was founded in 1947 as the New York State Music Camp by Dr. Frederic Fay Swift, then a professor of music at Hartwick College. The original location of the camp was at Otter Lake in the Adirondacks.

In 1956 the camp moved to the Hartwick College campus where, except for 1968 and 1969 during years of large scale construction projects on campus, it has remained. In 1985 the New York State Music Camp was renamed the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival & Institute.

The Hartwick College Summer Music Festival includes scores of performances open to the public. They include:

  • Monday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. - Faculty Showcase, Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre
  • Wednesday, July 11 - Oneonta Outlaws Baseball Game (Festival Members will perform the National Anthem)         
  • Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. - Orchestra & Chamber Music Concert, Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre
  • Monday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. - Faculty Showcase, Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre
  • Wednesday, July 18 - Oneonta Outlaws Baseball Game (Festival Members will perform the National Anthem)         
  • Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. - Jazz Ensemble w/ guest artist Ravi Hassan Best (Ellington Orchestra Trumpet), Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre
  • Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m. - Concert (Wind Ensemble, Rock Orchestra, and Musical Theatre:  American Bandstand, Revisited) Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre

For more information, email MusicFestival@Hartwick.edu  or call 607-431-4800.

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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 a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable

Contact: Christopher Lott
E-mail: lottc@hartwick.edu
Phone: 607-431-4030