Eastman Faculty Artist Series Fall 2021

August 5, 2021

Media only:  Katey Padden, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, (585)451-8492,  kpadden@esm.rochester.edu


The Eastman Faculty Artist Series announces 17 performances for the Fall 2021 semester, an opportunity for our world-renowned and internationally acclaimed faculty members to demonstrate their virtuosity and artistry in Eastman’s stunning concert venues.

Always a beacon in the entirety of concerts presented at Eastman, the Faculty Artist Series features a variety of world-class musicians and we are so fortunate to showcase their talent,” says Michael Stefiuk, Director of Concert Operations. “As venues now begin to return to presenting concerts, we’re also extremely excited to welcome back our patrons!”

 This fall’s series includes several world premieres and commissions by world-renowned composers. They include: 

  • August 29 at 3 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Nicholas Goluses, Professor of Guitar
    • Program includes Cinco Piezas para guitarra (1985) by Astor Piazzolla, Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 by Benjamin Britten, The Five Préludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and the World Premiere of Fantasia by Bill Dobbins, composed for Nicholas Goluses.
  • September 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Michael Burritt, Professor of Percussion
    • The center piece on the program is Koolish Zein, a three-movement work for solo marimba and vibraphone with percussion quartet and electronics by New Zealand composer John Psathas, written for Michael Burritt and commissioned by a consortium of universities including Eastman. Professor Burritt will be joined by Assistant Professor of Music Theory Matt Curlee ‘01E (MM) for the premiere of Curlee’s new work, Something Hiding in the Light, a piano and marimba duo with percussion quartet. In addition, the program offers premieres of All Green Lights, a percussion duo by Kyle Peters ‘17E (MM) and Michael Burritt’s newest solo work, Blue Smoke
  • September 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Eastman Virtuosi
    • Premiere of Composer and Eastman alumnus Jon Lin Chua’s (‘18E) work titled “…and she said…” performed by Professors Renée Jolles, violin, and Katherine Ciesinski, mezzo-soprano. 
    • Mozart Divertimento for String Trio, K. 563 performed by Renée Jolles, violin, Masumi Per Rostad, viola, and Steven Doane, cello.
  • September 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: JCM Faculty (Jazz & Contemporary Media)
  • October 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall: Charles Pillow, Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Bill Dobbins, Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media
    • Music by Dobbins, Chick Corea, Maria Schneider, and Charles Pillow
  • October 17 at 3 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Michael Wayne, Associate Professor of Clarinet, George Sakakeeny, Professor of Bassoon, and friends
  • October 31 at 3 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall: Tony Caramia, Professor of Piano
    • The Dawn of Eastman:  music published or written in 1921.  Guest artists include Anthony Dean Griffey, Tenor; Elisa Noyes, Soprano; Kristie Barr, Mezzo-soprano; Kyle Vock, Bass; and Mike Kaupa, Trumpet.
  • November 7 at 7:30 p.m.in Hatch Recital Hall: Mark Kellogg, Professor of Euphonium, Trombone, and Brass Chamber Music
    • “Location, Location, Location”, a performance with music inspired by specific places, buildings, cities, and more. Featuring music of Gabrieli, Bruckner, Kellogg, Candillari, Vernon Duke and others.
    • Featuring pianists Priscilla Yuen and Christopher Azzara as well as other guests.
  • November 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall: Clay Jenkins, Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media with Jazz Faculty
    • The repertoire will include several original compositions as well as some arrangements of other jazz tunes.
  • November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall: Michael Wayne, Associate Professor of Clarinet with Juliana Athayde, Violin.
    • Program includes J.S Bach Chromatic Fantasy, transcribed by Stanley Hasty; Arthur Benjamin, Le Tombeau de Ravel; Rebecca Clarke, Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale; and Bela Bartok, Contrasts.
  • November 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Renée Jolles, Professor of Violin and Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano
    • This program celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States. Musical selections will include works by Amy Beach, Jennifer Higdon, Gabriela Lena Frank, and others.
  • November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Hall: Oleh Krysa, Professor of Violin with Barry Snyder, Professor Emeritus of Piano
    • Program will include Beethoven Sonata’s for Violin and Piano #8, #9, and #10.   
  • November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Alexander Kobrin, Associate Professor of Piano
    • Beethoven Sonatas op.109, 110, and 111
  • November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Guy Johnston, Associate Professor of Cello and Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano
  • November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Timothy Long, Associate Professor of Opera and Guy Johnston, Associate Professor of Cello
    • Featuring a combination of solo piano, piano with voice, and chamber music.
    • Dvorak Dumky Trio
  • December 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Marina Lomazov, Professor of Piano
    • Premiere of a new work by Eastman alumnus Carter Pann’s (‘94E).

Tickets for Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series are $10 for the general public and free to current Season Subscribers. General Admission tickets will be available for purchase at each concert. Visit http://eastmantheatre.org for more information.

The three-semester-long Eastman Centennial celebration will begin in Fall 2021 and continues throughout 2022. Highlights include acclaimed guest artists performing alongside Eastman’s ensembles; national academic and music conferences; alumni events throughout the country; a documentary being produced in partnership with WXXI, and more. Pillar events include: “Opening of the Doors,” a community-driven celebration scheduled for March 3-6, 2022; “100 concerts to celebrate 100 years”; and a Meliora Weekend celebration in Fall 2022.

For up-to-date information on the Eastman Centennial, including feature stories, future events, videos, testimonials, ways to engage, and more, please visit our Centennial website at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/100.


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.

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. Additionally, more than 1,700 members of the Rochester community, from young children through senior citizens, are enrolled in the Eastman Community Music School.