Evening of Music Celebrates Rochester-Velikiy Novgorod Sister Cities Connection

December 30, 2016

Russian-American Friendship Concert posterA diverse program of vocal and instrumental works by Russian composers, presented by the Eastman Community Music School and Linkages of Rochester, Inc., will celebrate Rochester’s connection to its sister city of Veliky Novgorod. The 11th annual collaborative event, titled “A Russian-American Friendship Concert,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall.

In addition to the concert, audience members will be able to enjoy an exhibit of artwork by Rand Darrow that is inspired by Russian history, folk tales, and mythology.

Featuring faculty, students, and alumni of both the Eastman Community Music School and the Eastman School of Music, the concert will include piano works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Kapustin; folk songs and vocal works by Glinka and Shaporin; and a flute sonata by Prokofiev and other works for wind instruments.

New this year is a performance of Russian jazz music, featuring Mike Kaupa, trumpet; Ha Yun Jung, piano; John Ejafe, bass; and Roy Marshall, drums. Also appearing in the concert is Trio Slava, composed of Irina Lupines, piano; Oleg Lupines, violin; and Svetlana Garitselova, cello.

Other performers include pianists Andy Freeman, Charlie Freeman, Henry Qin, Doug Hanson, and Anna Maimine; singers Hannah Harrow, Shaya Greathouse, Joe Finetti, and Rebecca Ritterman; bassoonist Alisah Lotemple;  and flutists Sophia Kim and Katie Erikson.

The concert will be followed by a reception of Russian treats and sweets in Cominsky Promenade, located on the second floor of the Eastman School of Music.

The event is free and open to the public. Linkages of Rochester, Inc., is a volunteer organization that promotes professional, educational, and cultural exchanges between Rochester and Velikiy Novgorod.


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