The Colgate Scene
September 2005

Country Classics
Cherie L. Hughes '94, soprano, smiles after completing a performance with Steven Heyman, piano, in the Palace Theater during the Chenango Summer MusicFest 2005 [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]

Colgate's ninth annual Chenango Summer MusicFest brought together renowned musicians, including alumna Cherie (Woodland) Hughes '94; members of the performing -- and composing -- music faculty; and student musicians for four days of concerts and other events in June.

Under the theme of "Country Classics," the festival featured traditional classical chamber music concerts as well as Brazilian jazz, classical guitar, rustic international cuisine, a country dance, and the popular Saturday Village Day, with activities for the whole family.

New offerings this year included "Retreat at Chenango" -- special packages with concert tickets, yoga, Feldenkrais, massage, accommodations, and more -- and collaborations with the Partnership for Community Development and the nearby Earlville Opera House that helped to promote the arts and the region.

Dancers spin around the floor at the country dance held in the Palace Theater. Guitarist Steve Brown, director of jazz studies at Ithaca College, and saxophonist Glenn Cashman, Colgate assistant professor of music, play Brazilian jazz during a concert by Glenn Cashman and SambaNova

Dan Prial '07 spent the first half of his Upstate Institute Field School internship working with festival director and organizer Laura Klugherz, a professor of music and a violinist and violist. Prial, who plays French horn, is an active member of several university musical groups. Not only did he gain hands-on experience in organizing various aspects of the music festival, he also conducted research into the role such festivals play in the "creative economy" of a region.

"Through this research, I began to see music festivals in a different light. They are not just to enhance the arts, but rather, to build a community," said Prial. "Music festivals can raise the quality of life in an area, bringing in both businesses and workers, both tourists and long-term residents."

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