The Faculty Artist Series Presents: Eastman Virtuosi

January 15, 2020

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Media only: Katey Padden (Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator), (535) 274-1052, kpadden@esm.rochester.edu

The Faculty Artist Series presents Eastman Virtuosi on Saturday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. The concert will feature performances by Professor of Guitar, Nicholas Goluses; guitar, Professor of Voice, Anthony Dean Griffey; tenor, and Associate Professor of Piano, Andrew Harley; piano. The program will include Fantasia for Solo Guitar by Bill Dobbins, Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media, written for and performed by Nicholas Goluses; Gerald Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring, performed by Anthony Griffey and Andrew Harley; and the Eastman Collegium Viol Consort, Cristel Thielmann, director, in selections by Gibbons, Byrd, Tomkins, Leclair, and Vivaldi.

Nicholas Goluses is Professor of Guitar, founder and director of the guitar programs at the Eastman School of Music, where he is the recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before coming to Eastman he was the first Andrés Segovia Professor at Manhattan School of Music where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and was the recipient of the Pablo Casals Award and the Faculty Award of Distinguished Merit. His students have won major competitions throughout the world, and he is in great demand for master classes at leading institutions throughout the world. Nicholas Goluses’s concert tours as soloist, with orchestra, and as chamber musician have taken him across North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and the Far East to critical acclaim.  

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “an altogether exceptional artist” who has “voice, technique, musicianship, diction, and poetry in his soul,” four-time Grammy Award-winning American tenor and pedagogue Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world. Equally sought after as a teacher and adjudicator, Griffey is a perennial judge of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and a regular presence at masterclasses and workshops all over the world. Since 2015 Griffey has served as Professor of Voice at the Eastman School of Music. Performance highlights of his 2019/20 season include Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg conducted by Alan Gilbert, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Seattle Symphony, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and recitals at the Morgan Library and Wingate University.

In a career spanning over 25 years, Griffey has performed leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Bastille, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, San Diego Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Opera Australia. With an operatic repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Britten, Griffey is best known for his interpretation of the title role in Peter Grimes, which he has sung all over the world.

English pianist Andrew Harley enjoys an internationally recognized performing and teaching career. Specializing in instrumental chamber music and song literature, he has been heard in live radio and television broadcasts, on numerous recordings, as well as at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Dr. Harley began his early musical education at the renowned Chetham’s School of Music, continuing his studies at Oxford University, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the University of Southern California. Since immigrating to the United States, Dr. Harley has held faculty positions at The Juilliard School, the University of Southern California, and the University of North Carolina, before coming to the Eastman School of Music in 2019. As a guest artist, he has taught and given master classes at The New England Conservatory, Indiana University Bloomington, the Royal Northern College of Music, Chapman University, and the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, where he served as Visiting Guest Faculty in Accompanying.

As a performing artist, Dr. Harley concertizes across the globe, collaborating with such distinguished recital partners as international opera stars J’Nai Bridges, Denyce Graves, Susanna Phillips, Eric Owens, the legendary American cellist Lynn Harrell, and members of The Cleveland Quartet, The Juilliard Quartet, and Talich Quartet.

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 UR ID holders. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433  Eastman Main Street, 9:30AM – 2:30PM., Monday-Friday; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at http://eastmantheatre.org

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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.

More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. They are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Guggenheim Fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community.