A concert in honor of K. David Van Hoesen, professor emeritus of bassoon at the Eastman School of Music and former principal bassoonist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Kilbourn Hall. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will feature chamber works and concertos performed by a number of Van Hoesen’s former students.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Eastman in 1950, Van Hoesen taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music before joining the Eastman faculty in 1954. During his 37-year tenure at Eastman, he was a teacher of bassoonists who went on to hold positions with major symphony orchestras or professorships at major universities and conservatories of music.
As a performer, Van Hoesen also played with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and recorded often with the Rochester Philharmonic. His solo recording of Alec Wilder’s “Bassoon Sonata No. 3,” along with the Phyllis McGinley Song Cycle for soprano, bassoon, and harp and the “Duo for Bassoon and Piano” by Alan Blank, are available on the CRI label as part of the Music from Eastman series.
Since retiring in 1991, Van Hoesen continues to be active in the Eastman community and plays bassoon with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.
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Sunday, Nov. 11
Celebration Concert for K. David Van Hoesen, professor emeritus of bassoon at the Eastman School of Music and former principal bassoonist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
Free and open to the public