Rochester, NY — Eastman School of Music students will bring their talents and passion for music to the community later this month, thanks to the School’s unique Music For All program. Small ensembles of 2-6 musicians will perform for audiences ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens.
According to Elinor Freer, assistant professor of chamber music at Eastman and coordinator of the program, Eastman’s Music For All program is the most extensive and comprehensive outreach program of any collegiate music school. The participating students receive significant training before presenting their performance. This training begins each year with a seminar in January during which a young professional chamber music group demonstrates for Eastman students the skills necessary to connect with audiences of all ages. In February, Eastman student groups spend time preparing their own school and community presentations under the guidance of Eastman faculty members, before finally taking their show “on the road” in March.
“All 21st-century musicians must become powerfully communicative advocates for their art,” Freer said. “Music for All gives Eastman students the opportunity to develop the performance and communication skills necessary to become such advocates — and allows them to contribute to building new audiences for classical music.”
In addition to several dozen private performances, the following events are open to the public:
Wednesday, March 22, 7PM: Vim Saxophone Quartet
Hawkins Carlson Room, University of Rochester, 275-2121
Saturday, March 25, 2PM: A441 Wind Quintet
Borders Books and Music, 1000 Hylan Dr., 292-5900
Tuesday March 28, 7PM: Guitar Trio
Brighton Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave., 784-5300
Saturday, April 1, 1PM: Klenke Winds with harpist Liz Munch
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave., 428-7300
Saturday, April 1, 7:30PM: String Trio
St Luke’s Episcopal Church of Fairport, 77 Country Corner Lane, Fairport, 223-2796
Sunday, April 2, 4PM: Wind Quintet
Scottsville Free Library, 28 Main St., Scottsville, 889-2023
Tuesday, April 4, 12PM: Piano Duo
Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh, 325-4000 ext.17
Tuesday, April 4, 7PM: The Cape Cod Experiment
Brighton Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave., 784-5345
Friday, April 7, 7PM: Genesee Brass Quintet
Barnes and Noble, 3349 Monroe Ave., 586-6020
Each year the Music For All program sends over 40 chamber music groups out into the local community to perform approximately 90 concerts at locations such as schools, colleges, libraries, bookstores, hospitals, churches, and senior centers. Over 2000 people in the greater Rochester community are able to enjoy live music through Music For All each year. For more information, visit www.esm.rochester.edu/musicforall.