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Each week the Eastman Community Music School and First Universalist Church of Rochester are proud to present free concerts featuring artists from the Eastman School of Music and ECMS. Faculty and Student Performances from both schools offer an excellent opportunity to hear some of the best musicians that Rochester has to offer and all performances are absolutely free!

Concerts take place every Thursday from late October through May at 12:15pm at the First Universalist Church, corner of Southnton and Court Streets, beginning at 12:15 p.m. and ending at approximately 12:45 p.m. Brown bag lunches are welcome during the performances. Admission is free. Concerts will also be streamed on Facebook live on the UUROC Facebook Page!


Student Non-Degree Recital - Jonathan Churchett, bassoon Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge 1579908600 1579914000

Jonathan Churchett is currently a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bassoon Performance degree in the studio of George Sakakeeny. Prior to studying at Eastman, he lived in Austin, Texas. Jonathan has attended the Eastern Music Festival and Round Top Festival Institute and played in masterclasses given by Drew Pattison, Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Matthew McDonald, Eric Stomberg, and Oleksiy Zakharov, among others. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys knitting and taking long walks.

Faculty Artist Series - Masumi Per Rostad, viola Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1579912200 1579917600
The Faculty Artist Series is generously sponsored by Patricia Ward Baker. 

The Grammy Award-winning violist Masumi Per Rostad has received praise for his rich and expressive tone, energy, and commanding presence, and has been described by critics as an “electrifying, poetic and sensitive musician.” In addition to performing, Rostad teaches and has contributed to online and print publications.

Rostad started studying music, initially on the violin, at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City when he was three years old. He discovered the viola when he was twelve years old and four years later, attracted to the instrument’s warm and mellow sound, devoted himself to the viola.

As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, which he joined in 2001, Masumi has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 2009, the quartet received a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance and was named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year. Other honors include the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. From 2009 to 2012, Pacifica was the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a position that had been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet. The ensemble has served as quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.

As a soloist, Rostad has appeared at prominent festivals including Spoleto USA, Music@Menlo, Marlboro, and Rockport Chamber Music; collaborated with such string quartets as the St. Lawrence, Pavel Hass, Emerson, and the Ying Quartet, which is the quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music; and toured extensively and recorded as a former member of the International Sejong Soloists and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra.

Rostad’s advocacy for the arts and passion to increase opportunities for audiences to hear chamber music led him to launch DoCha, a festival in Champaign, IL. Events feature multi-genre collaborative presentations from classical chamber music to contemporary dance to the spoken word. All programs are free and include performances for elementary school students and master classes, competitions, and performance opportunities for local music students.

Rostad has been a contributing writer to such publications as Strings, Gramophone, The Huffington Post, and The Guardian.

Rostad received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he received the Lillian Fuchs Award for outstanding graduating violist. There, he studied with legendary violist and pedagogue Karen Tuttle from the age of 17; just three years later, when he was 20, she selected him as her teaching assistant. Rostad performed the world premiere of Michael White’s Viola Concerto in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, and gave the New York premiere of Paul Schoenfield’s Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Symphony.

Rostad has served on the faculties of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University, and given numerous solo and chamber music master classes at schools, venues, and festivals including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Colburn School, the New York Youth Symphony, Suntory Hall, Sydney Conservatory, the Royal College of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Aspen and Bowdoin festivals.

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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: 50 Years of Garth Fagan Dance Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 1579914000 1579921200

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Garth Fagan Dance

Celebrate Garth Fagan Dance’s 50th anniversary with a rousing, provocative, and nourishing collaborating with your RPO. Garth Fagan Dance and RPO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik join forces to inspire and excite audiences with movement and music from our organizations’ rich histories. Garth Fagan’s eclectic repertoire meets the RPO’s musical prowess to showcase an expansive breadth of music. Selections include Fagan’s “Oatka Trail” set to Dvorak; “Dance Collage for Romie” with music by Jelly Roll Morton; and “Mudan 175/39” with musical selections by Lei Liang – hailed by The New York Times as “…quite possibly one of the finest works Mr. Fagan has created.” 

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Student Degree Recital - Jaein Kim, flute Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall 1579977000 1579982400 ECMS Showcase Recitals Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall 1579984200 1579993200
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These recitals are performances given by students of ECMS and includes students of all ages, and all instruments - you never know what you might hear next! Our Student Showcase Recitals present an opportunity for our students to demonstrate their hard work and achievements to friends, family, and the community.
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Student DMA Lecture Recital - Lauren Rudzinskas, trombone Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge 1579984200 1579989600 A Double Bill from Eastman Opera Theatre: Prima la Musica, Poi le Parole/Der Schauspieldirektor Eastman School Annex A804 1579998600 1580005800


Prima la Musica … and Der Schauspieldirektor will be the Black Box Studio production (January 23-26, 30-31 and February 1-2), directed by Ian Silverman, an Eastman Directing Master of Music Candidate, with musical direction by Timothy Long, Music Director of Eastman Opera Theatre. These two short operas – one by Mozart and the other by his great rival Antonio Salieri — were originally presented as a double bill in February 1786, and each is a highly amusing send-up of the creation of an opera, with character that range from poets with writer’s block to rival divas fighting over star billing.


January 25, 31, February 2

January 26, 30, February 1

James McCarthy

Nathan Savant

Andrew Hammond

Kevin Spooner

Sarah Yaden

Rosie Kearin

Peiqi Huang

Hannah Harrow

Kira Kaplan

McKenzie Warriner

Alexandra Rose Hotz

Ye Ji Lee

Jeremy Lopez

Matthew Campisi

Impresario Acting Troupe (in all performances): Elise Cismesia, Natalia Hulse, Sally Curran, Trevor Scott, Jordan Costa, Lucy Almada


Tickets go on sale December 9th.


Faculty Artist Series - Eastman Virtuosi Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1579998600 1580004000
The Faculty Artist Series is generously sponsored by Patricia Ward Baker. 
Members of Eastman Virtuosi include Bonita Boyd, Professor of Flute, and Renee Jolles, Professor of Violin. 
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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: 50 Years of Garth Fagan Dance Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 1580000400 1580007600