After almost five decades on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, Professor of Percussion John Beck will present his final faculty recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Eastman Theatre before he retires this spring. Admission to the event is $10, at the door only (free to UR ID holders).
In addition to his numerous appearances as conductor and performer at Eastman concerts, Beck is familiar to Rochester audiences through his 40-year career as timpanist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and his performances with the John Beck Quartet.
Beck came to the Eastman School of Music in the 1950s as a student and began teaching in 1959. Eastman percussion alumni from across the country are expected to come to the May 4 recital, which will also feature faculty members Jeff Campbell, associate professor of jazz studies, on bass, and Howard Potter, associate dean for community and continuing education, on vibes. Also joining Beck are pianist Rod Blumenau; drummers Steve Gadd, Dave Mancini, and Bill Cahn; and Sal Sparraza on flugelhorn.
Beck’s career as a performer and teacher also included posts with the United States Marine Band and participation in numerous conducting and percussion clinics in the United States and Europe. He has published articles and columns in professional journals, headed professional organizations such as the Percussive Arts Society, and received teaching awards. Beck was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1999.
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Faculty Artist Series: John Beck, percussion.
26 Gibbs St.
Tickets: $10, at the door only (Free to UR ID holders)