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September 20, 2013

OCA to open season with Koresh Dance Company

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The Daily Star

---- — Philadelphia’s acclaimed Koresh Dance Company will bring its “turbocharged” energy to Oneonta on Sept. 27 and 28, as part of Oneonta Concert Association’s 86th season opener.

The Friday performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Both performances are at Goodrich Theater, in the Fine Arts Building at the State University College at Oneonta. OCA Young Artist Owen Nied will open with a short musical set on Friday. 

The engagement is the first of OCA’s five-concert series. 

The 10 dancers of the Koresh Dance Company, founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh, perform a repertory that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained, according to a media release.

The result is “sheer physical joy,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The finale was typically turbocharged,” stated the paper, “because when the dust settles after a Koresh concert, you must leave bedazzled.”

The company has been hailed internationally. In Oneonta, the group will perform its Bolero, as well as dances set to classical favorites by Bach and Mozart.

Opening Friday’s performance will be 15-year-old Nied. The teen multiinstrumentalist opened for OCA’s Battlefield Band concert in October at The Oneonta Theatre. Nied made his international debut in 2011 at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, returning in 2012 as a featured performer. Nied also fronts his own band. The opener is part of OCA’s program highlighting talented young area artists before each concert. A short audience discussion with Koresh artistic director Koresh will follow Friday’s performance.

Admission to both concerts is $25 for adults or $6 for students. Tickets are available at the door, and in advance at The Green Toad Bookstore and The Eighth Note music store in downtown Oneonta.

Advance tickets are recommended.

 OCA’s four remaining season concerts are Oct. 25, March 28, April 25, and May 23.

For more information, visit OCA at OneontaConcertAssociation.org. For reservations call 433-7252.