ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Some believe April Fools’ Day originated in 1582 when the Gregorian calendar replaced the Julian calendar and New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. Whatever its true origins, several faculty artists at the Eastman School of Music believe it’s a day for tomfoolery—The program they’ve planned for an upcoming April Fools’ Day concert features a few “misplaced” musicians.
Included on the program for the April 1 recital—to be held in Kilbourn Hall at 9 p.m—are: violist George Taylor and bass player James Van Demark performing as cellists; music theorist Matthew Brown on violin; violinist Zvi Zeitlin as page-turner and violinist Charles Castleman (celebrating 30 years with the School) on viola and serving as a narrator.
Also on the program is Castleman’s arrangement of Beethoven’s middle string quartets —lengthy, complicated works—into a 12-minute piece. (Think the entire Beatles’ White Album condensed into one three-minute song.) The “Condensed Middle String Quartets” will be performed by recent Grammy winners the Ying Quartet.
Tickets for the performance are $10 and will be sold one hour before the concert at the door only (free to UofR ID holders and Kilbourn, Eastman-Ranlet, or World Music Series subscribers, subject to availability).
Saturday, April 1
April Fools’ Day Concert
Charles Castleman and Eastman Faculty
Kilbourn Hall • 9 PM
Tickets: $10 (free to UR ID holders)
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