The Eastman Faculty Artist Series announces 11 performances for the Spring 2022 semester, an opportunity for our world-renowned and internationally acclaimed faculty members to demonstrate their virtuosity and artistry in Eastman’s stunning concert venues.
“It’s always a pleasure to begin a new season of showcasing Eastman’s world-class musicians and composers in our Faculty Artist Series,” says Julia Ng, Assistant Director of Concert Operations. “We’re excited to welcome our patrons back for a season that is made even more exciting by the premieres of a number of Eastman Centennial commissions.”
This spring’s series includes several world premieres and commissions by world-renowned composers. They include:
- January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Piano Collaborative Concert featuring Priscilla Yuen and Irina Lupines.
- “Dances from Many Lands”: a mix of pieces for two pianos and four hands
- January 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Eastman Virtuosi
- Premiere of Tout le monde a la foiss by Jeremy Gill and Reunion- A Picturesque Rochester by Zoe Wang
- February 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Robert Morris, Professor of Composition
- “All Tonics: Music for Piano and Sinfonietta Ensemble”
- The four pieces in this concert are all composed by Robert Morris
- Featured artists include I-Hsiang Chao, piano; Kevin Sun, piano; and Daniel Brottman, conductor. The sinfonietta players will be Eastman students and alumni.
- February 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Steven Doane, Professor of Cello with Barry Snyder, Professor Emeritus of Piano, Mikhail Kopelman, Professor of Violin, Rosemary Elliot, Assistant Professor of Violoncello, and Masumi Per Rostad, Associate Professor of Viola.
- “Steven Doane and Friends”
- Program includes Janáček’s Pohadka for Cello and Piano, Arensky’s colorful Quartet for violin, viola, and cellos, and the Dvořák F minor Piano Trio.
- February 20 at 3:00 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: Russell Miller, Professor of Vocal Coaching and Repertoire and guest Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, Soprano
- “Woman Speaks”
- Program includes music by Gustav Mahler, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Libby Larsen, Robert Schumann, Sheila Silver, Jean Sibelius, Aulis Sallinen, Tom Cipullo, and Alan Louis Smith.
- February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall: Yoojin Jang, Assistant Professor of Violin and Alexander Kobrin, Associate Professor of Piano
- Program includes Complete Sonatas for violin and piano by Johannes Brahms.
- March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall: Masumi Per Rostad, Associate Professor of Viola
- March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall: Mikhail Kopelman, Professor of Violin with Steven Doane, Professor of Cello
- Featured artists include Anna Gourfinkel, piano and Elizaveta Kopelman, piano
- Program includes works by Dvořák, Weinberg, Bloch, and Brahms.
- March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall: Rich Thompson, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media
- Part I is titled “The Art of the Trio”and features guest faculty members Jeff Campbell, bass, and Bill Dobbins, piano; Part II, “Trio Generations,” features Oliver Scott and Gavin Gray.
- March 19 at 7:30 p.m.in Kilbourn Hall: Eastman Virtuosi
- Premiere of Cynthia Folio’s work
- March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall: George Taylor, Professor of Viola
- Premiere of a Les Tombeaux by Jung Sun Kang
Tickets for Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series are $10 for the general public and free to UR ID holders. 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 began 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.
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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.
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.