The Faculty Artist Series Presents: Eastman Virtuosi

August 22, 2018

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The Faculty Artist Series presents Eastman Virtuosi Saturday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. The performance is made up of faculty members Bonita Boyd, flute, Richard Killmer, oboe, Kenneth Grant, clarinet, George Sakakeeny, bassoon, W. Peter Kurau, horn, Irina Lupines, piano, Renée Jolles, violin, Masumi Per Rostad and George Taylor, viola, Guy Johnston, cello, and James VanDemark, bass. The group will be performing a program that includes Hindemith: Octet for Winds and Strings, Mendelssohn’s Variations Concertantes, as well as Leo Smit: Sextet for Winds and Piano.

A Professor of Flute, Bonita Boyd has been an artist-faculty member at Eastman since her appointment in 1976 and was awarded the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching by the school. Also awarded the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching by the school is Richard Killmer, Professor of Oboe, who joined the Eastman faculty in 1982. Kenneth Grant is an Associate Professor of Clarinet and Eastman School of Music (ECMS) Collegiate Instructor in Clarinet and began teaching at Eastman in 1987. A Professor of Bassoon, George Sakakeeny graduated Eastman with his bachelor degree in music in 1978 and joined the Eastman faculty in the fall of 2016. W. Peter Kurau graduated from Eastman with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and is a Professor of Horn and was appointed to Eastman faculty in 1987. Assistant Professor in Accompaning at Eastman and ECMS Instructor in Piano, Irina Lupines received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Accompanying and the 2014 Barr Award during her time as a faculty member and earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Eastman. Renée Jolles, has been a member of the violin faculty at Eastman since 2013. With both a BM and MM degree from Juilliard, she is currently concertmaster of the Grammy Awards winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Joining the faculty in 2017, Masumi Per Rostad is an Associate Professor of Viola and a Grammy Award-winning violist.  Professor of Viola, George Taylor is active in practically every aspect of performance as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Guy Johnston is a Professor of Cello that will be joining Eastman faculty this fall, earning a Bachelor of Music from Eastman in 2003. Appointed Professor of Double Bass at Eastman in 1976, James VanDemark became the youngest person ever to hold such a position at a major music school, also serving as Co-Chair of the String Department and Chair of the Musical Arts Major at Eastman.

Among the pieces being performed, Octet for Winds and Strings, by Paul Hindemith, consists of five movements and was composed between the years of 1957-58. First performed September 23, 1958 in Berlin, it is a classical style piece that is an octet for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, two violas, cello, and bass. Mendelssohn’s Variations Concertantes was written for cello and piano in 1829 to honor his brother, Paul on his chosen instrument, the cello. The additional work, Leo Smit’s Sextet for Winds and Piano, was written in 1932 and first performed December 14, 1933 in Amsterdam. Written for five wind instruments and piano, the piece is classical in form and is composed of three movements.

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 and University of Rochester ID holders. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at

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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 800 concerts to the Rochester community.


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