“I remember playing a duet with Paul Evoskevich on a Camerata recital – a jazz sonata for saxophone and piano by Ramon ‘Ray’ Ricker,” said Clifford Brucker, G’89, an adjunct music faculty member from 2000 to 2014. “It was a bear of a piece, and we nailed it. That was one of the high points of my time at Saint Rose.”
The year was 2009, and Brucker, a jazz pianist and percussionist who has played with Aretha Franklin as well as the Albany Symphony, was performing with the Saint Rose Camerata, which this year celebrates its 15th anniversary.
The faculty ensemble at Saint Rose, the Camerata features the College’s talented musicians playing in a wide variety of ensembles. The group has developed a strong reputation in the area and has been featured on radio station WMHT’s prestigious “No Ticket Required” series.