The Faculty Artist Series presents Alan Harris, Distinguished Professor of Violoncello, Saturday, February 3, at 8 p.m., in Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School of Music. The concert, titled “An Evening of Trios”, includes performances by Eastman faculty members Bin Huang on violin and Siu Yan Luk on piano. The program includes trios for violin, violoncello, and piano by Charles Ives and Leonard Bernstein, as well as Beethoven’s Trio, Op. 70, No.1, “Ghost”.
Alan Harris, in addition to teaching at the Eastman School of Music, was an artist-faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1974 to 2013, where he performed with Claus Adam, the Cleveland Quartet, Ronald Leonard, Jan DeGaetani, Albert Tipton, Gidon Kremer, Karen Tuttle, Malcom Frager, Brooks Smith, Pinchas Zukerman, and others. More recently, he has taught at the Castleman Quartet Program and Aria at Mount Holyoke College. Mr. Harris held the post of Kulas Professor of Music, Chair of the String Department, and Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was director of the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar. Other previous faculty appointments include the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Ohio Wesleyan and Northwestern Universities, visiting professor and faculty member at the Eastman School of Music, and visiting professor at Northern Illinois University. Mr. Harris studied with Raymond Stuhl at the University of Kansas and with János Starker at Indiana University.
An active recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, he served as cellist with the Eastman Quartet, was a first-desk player with the Rochester Philharmonic, and was principal cellist of the Eastman and Rochester chamber orchestras. During his distinguished teaching career Mr. Harris has given numerous solo and chamber music master classes and has been active as a panelist and lecturer. His students occupy prestigious positions throughout the music world.
The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker.
Tickets for Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series are $10 for the general public and free to current Season Subscribers. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at http://eastmantheatre.org
About Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.
About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division– about 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Six alumni and three faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, as have numerous GRAMMYÒ Awards. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 700 concerts to the Rochester community.