RSS Feed | Eastman Events Calendar Daily update from the Eastman Events Calendar (c)2017 University of Rochester Non-Degree Recital - Wendy Toh, violin Eastman School Ray Wright Room 1485223200 1485228600 Tuesday Pipes. 25-minute organ concert by William Porter, Eastman School of Music faculty Eastman School - Off Campus Christ Church 1485277800 1485280800 Music for All: Boston Brass Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1485289800 1485295200 Kilbourn Concert Series - Boston Brass Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1485306000 1485313200

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Boston Brass

JOSE SIBAJA, trumpet / JEFF CONNER, trumpet


For nearly 30 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, which captivates all ages. The ensemble’s signature sound, lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Through over 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, bands, organ, jazz bands and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in 49 states and 30 countries and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore and Mahidol University in Bangkok.

Boston Brass along with Jupiter Band Instruments are ambassadors for the Give A Note Foundation, giving musical instruments to schools in need. They have been featured educators and performers at the Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Music Educators National Conference events, American Bandmaster Association Conference, The American Band College, Western International Band Clinic and at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. Since 2006, Boston Brass has served as Artist/Educational Ambassadors for KHS- America, XO Professional Brass Instruments.

Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, The Great American Brass Band Festival and has recorded several diverse albums. Latin Nights, their latest offering, features a collection of some of the greatest classical and jazz works by Latin composers and performers and features the legendary drummer Steve Gadd, the beautiful voice of Talita Real, percussion and guitar. Other albums include Ya Gotta Try, featuring music from Horace Silver, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie, produced by legendary jazz recording genius Rudy van Gelder and Within Earshot, featuring classical works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, Liszt and others.

Boston Brass has two holiday recordings, Christmas Bells are Swingin’, and The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, featuring the Boston Brass All-Stars Big Band playing the truly phenomenal charts made popular by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Boston Brass tours a vibrant holiday show each year featuring many of the charts from these two albums, combined with a variety of solo and combo selections and some fun surprises, which has quickly established the show as a perennial audience favorite.

2011 marked the 25th Anniversary of Boston Brass and was celebrated with the “25 Fanfares Project,” wherein 25 fanfares were premiered by composers from all over the country. Boston Brass also premiered a new major commission by noted wind ensemble composer Brian Balmages and new arrangements by the legendary Sam Pilafian. Additionally, Boston Brass is very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the fabulous Imani Winds in a program entitled “Sketches of Spain,” featuring the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans. In the 2012/2013 season the quintet began touring their “Notes from the Balcony” program with the Enso String Quartet to rave reviews. The program features music based on “Romeo and Juliet”.


Tickets start at $20 (discounts available for UR ID holders) and are available online at, in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main St.), or by calling (585) 274-3000. 

Guest Master Class - Hsin-Yun Huang, viola Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall 1485388800 1485396000
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Hsin-Yun Huang has forged a career as one of the leading violists of her generation, performing on international concert stages, commissioning and recording new works, and nurturing young musicians. Ms. Huang has been soloist with the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Taiwan Philharmonic, the Russian State Symphony, Zagreb Soloist International Contemporary Ensemble; and the London Sinfonia, among many others. She performs regularly at festivals, including Marlboro, Santa Fe, Rome Chamber Music Festival, and Spoleto USA. Other festivals include Moritzburg, Divonne, Cartagena, Prague Spring, Telluride, and Salt Bay, among many others. She tours extensively with the Brentano String Quartet, most notably including performances of the complete Mozart string quintets at Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Huang was the Artistic Director of the Sejong International Music Festival which took place at the Curtis Institute of Music from 2013-15. The 2014-2015 season will bring the debut of a series of three chamber concerts presented by the 92nd Street Y. Other recent highlights include complete Hindemith Viola Concerti with the Taiwan Philharmonic and Taipei City Symphony; concerto appearances in the Alice Tully Hall and Central Park of New York City.

Ms. Huang has in recent years embarked on a series of major commissioning projects for solo viola and chamber ensemble. To date, these works include compositions from Steven Mackey (Groundswell), which premiered at the Aspen Festival. Shih-Hui Chen (Shu Shon Key) and Poul Ruders (Romances) Ms. Huang’s 2012 recording, titled “Viola Viola,” for Bridge Records, included those works along with compositions by Elliott Carter and George Benjamin; the CD has won particular accolades from Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine.

A native of Taiwan and an alumna of Young Concert Artists, Ms. Huang received degrees from The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music. She has given master classes at the Guildhall School in London, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. She served on the jury of the 2011 Banff International String Quartet Competition as well as the 2015 Honen’s Piano Competition as a Collaborative Artist.

Ms. Huang first came to international attention as the gold medalist and the youngest competitor in the 1988 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. In 1993 she was the top prize winner in the ARD International Competition in Munich, and was awarded the highly prestigious Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award. Ms. Huang was a member of the Borromeo String Quartet from 1994 to 2000. She is a founding member of the Variation String Trio with violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Wilhelmina Smith. Ms. Huang now serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. She is married to Misha Amory, violist of the Brentano String Quartet. They live in New York City with their two children, Lucas and Leah.

Guest Artist Recital - Eric Berlin, trumpet; Greg Spirodopoulos, trombone; Ludmila Krasin, piano Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1485392400 1485399600  

Trumpeter Eric Berlin has made the music of our time the focus of his career. As a soloist, Eric has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works for trumpet from some of today’s most exciting composers, including Robert Bradshaw, Michael Ellison, Eric Ewazen, Evan Hause, Salvatore Macchia, Stephen Paulus, and James Stephenson.  In March 2012 Mr. Berlin premiered and recorded “True Colors for Trumpet and Orchestra” by George Tsontakis which was commissioned for him by the Albany Symphony Orchestra. â€œCalls and Echoes” a new recording of American Trumpet Sonatas with pianist Nadine Shank was released in August 2013.  Berlin’s latest release Fantastique! documents works Berlin commissioned and premiered for trumpet and wind ensemble by Evan Hause, Jeffrey Holmes, Stephen Paulus and James Stephenson. 

Mr. Berlin has been a featured soloist at several recent International Trumpet Guild Conferences including a full recital of commissions in 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand and concerto performances in 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2013. He has has performed as a soloist with Hartford, Albany and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestras, the Helsinki University Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and the wind ensembles of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Denver. Of his performance with  the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Globe wrote “Eric Berlin poured out dazzling, clarion brightness with elegant edges”.

As Principal Trumpet of the Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998 Eric Berlin and can be heard with that ensemble on more than a dozen acclaimed recordings that include works by John Corigliano, Morton Gould, John Harbison, Roy Harris and William Schuman and Michael Torke to name a few. He holds the same position with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where he can be heard on three dozen recordings by living American composers including Derek Bermel, Jacob Druckman, Robert Erickson, Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, Steven Mackey, Gunther Schuller, and Evan Ziporyn. Since 2006, has spent his summers performing as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO. In addition to his regular positions, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

Mr. Berlin enjoys international regard as a trumpet pedagogue. He maintains a studio as Artist-Teacher of Trumpet at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he hosted the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Conference. He has given master classes at Baylor University, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, the University of North Texas, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northeastern University, and University of New Hampshire, as well as the Turku Conservatory in Turku and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Eric is a member of the Board of Directors and a lifetime member of the International Trumpet Guild.

A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Berlin attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Charles Schlueter, former Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet. He has also studied extensively with Vincent Penzerella of the New York Philharmonic, Tom Rolfs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Frank Kadarabek, former Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

While not performing and teaching, he can be found running, hiking and biking in Western Massachusetts where he lives with his constant companion Reuben. Eric Berlin is a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs on Schagerl rotary valve instruments.


Greg Spiridopoulos is a member of the Empire Brass Quintet, principal trombone of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, and a member of the Portland Symphony and Boston Philharmonic orchestras.

Mr. Spiridopoulos has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Mstislav Rostropovich and Robert Spano. He has performed with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart, John Williams and Erich Kunzel.

An enthusiast of historical performance, Mr. Spiridopoulos has custom-built his own Classical Period replica alto and tenor trombones, which he uses in performances with the Handel and Haydn Society. He can be heard on the Handel and Haydn Society’s recording of Mozart’s Requiem, under the direction of Harry Christophers. He has also worked under the direction Christopher Hogwood, Grant Llewellyn and John Nelson in the Handel and Haydn Society.

As an active free-lance musician, Mr. Spiridopoulos has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Cantata Singers of Boston, Emmanuel Music, the West Virginia Symphony, Key West Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, the Empire Brass Quintet, Burning River Brass and many others.

Since 2010, Mr. Spiridopoulos has been Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has performed recitals and presented master classes at numerous schools including Boston University, University of New Hampshire, University of North Texas, Baylor University, Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University and Oklahoma City University. In June 2012, he appeared as a guest soloist at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Spiridopoulos has also been a featured faculty soloist with the University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands.

A native of Vienna, Virginia, Mr. Spiridopoulos received his Master of Music degree from Boston University, where he studied with Ronald Barron. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University, studying with Curtis Olson and Philip Sinder; and was a proud member of the Spartan Marching Band.


Eastman at Washington Square - Jazz Performance Workshop Eastman School - Off Campus First Universalist Church of Rochester 1485450900 1485452700  

Located at the First Universalist Church, corner of South Clinton and Court Streets
Each concert begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Jazz Performance Workshop

Relax and enjoy this concert featuring jazz performances by students of Eastman School of Music jazz trumpet professor, Clay Jenkins.

Eastman at Washington Square concerts are presented by the Eastman Community Music School in cooperation with the First Universalist Church. Please note that if Rochester City School District schools are closed due to inclement weather, the church building will also be closed and the concert will be cancelled.

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Non-Degree Recital - Tyler Wiessner, saxophone Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge 1485473400 1485478800 RPO: Philharmonics #7 - Pre-Concert Chat Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 1485473400 1485475200 Guest Master Class - Peter Steiner, trombone Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall 1485477000 1485486000 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: Phils #7 - Stare Conducts Shostakovich #5 Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 1485477000 1485484200  


Ward Stare, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano  

ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL  Two Days in the Life of a Soviet Worker (World Concert Premiere)      
RAVEL  Shéhérazade                        
SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 5        

The year: 1936. After his opera, Lady Macbeth, is denounced as “anti-Soviet,” Shostakovich’s fate rides on the success of his next composition. The ensuing Fifth Symphony is a paragon of music’s power to express beyond the notes, at once brutal, mournful, and triumphant—with a side of sarcasm. A monumental evening also features the “liquid gold” (The Times) soprano of opera star Nicole Cabell, winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.


Tickets start at $23 and are available online at, in person at the RPO Patron Services Center (108 East Avenue), by calling (585) 454-2100, or at any Rochester-area Wegmans  


Faculty Artist Series - Robert Morris, composition Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1485478800 1485486000

Faculty Artist Series: Robert Morris, composition


Robert Morris  ...gradually... [for violin and piano]

                         Three-Braided River for piano solo

                         Three Tattoos for four percussionists

                         Suite from Marian Antiphons for soprano, percussion, guitar, piano, and organ


 Robert Morris has taught at the Eastman School of Music since 1980. He chaired the composition department from 1999 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2011. Morris also serves as an affiliate faculty member of the music theory department.

Morris has composed over 170 compositions (including computer, outdoor, and improvisational music), and written over 60 articles and books on topics in music theory, music criticism, composition, and Indian music.

Morris is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the A. Whitney Griswald Foundation, the American Music Center, the Hanson Institute of American Music, and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 1975 he was a MacDowell Colony fellow, and in 2008, a Djerassi artist. He has been guest composer at many festivals and series of new music including: the ISCM Festival of Contemporary Music (Paris, 1975; Boston, 1991); the International Conferences of Computer Music (Rochester, 1984; Urbana, 1987); “Composer to Composer” (Telluride, 1990); Composer's Symposium (Albuquerque, 1991 and 2009); Contemporary Music Festival (Santa Barbara, 1992); The 1993 Kobe International Modern Music Festival in Japan; The Heidelberg Contemporary Music Festival (Heidelberg College, 2005); The New Music Festival 2009 (Western Illinois University); Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009); New Music Festival, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (Bowling Green State University, 2010). He has received numerous awards and commissions including those from the Pittsburgh Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Yale University, Speculum Musicae, Brave New Works, The Society for New Music, Alienor Harpsichord Society, Hartt College Festival of Contemporary Organ Music, National Flute Association. Morris's music is recorded on CRI, New World, Music Gallery Editions, Neuma, Music and Arts, Fanfare, Centaur, Open Space, Innova, Yank Gulch, Albany, and Attacca.

His recent book, The Whistling Blackbird: Essays and Talks on New Music (2010) is published by The University of Rochester Press. Morris is presently Co-editor of Perspectives of New Music and Contributing Editor of The Open Space Magazine.

The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker. 

Tickets $10 general admission, free to University of Rochester ID holders and current series subscribers. Available online at, in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main St.), or by calling (585) 274-3000. Buy Tickets

Student Degree Lecture Recital - Mitchell Hutchings, voice Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge 1485480600 1485486000 Audition Day: Convocation Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1485525600 1485531000 Piano Department Master Class - Margaret Kampmeier Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge 1485529200 1485536400 Peter Kurau: Horn Applicant Master Class Eastman School Messinger Eastman School, Messinger Hall 1 1485552600 1485559800 Student Degree Lecture Recital - Sungmin Shin, guitar Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge 1485559800 1485565200 Eastman Presents: Norm Lewis - "The Music of the Night" Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 1485565200 1485572400  

Norm Lewis: “The Music of the Night”

Eastman Presents Series

January 27, 2017 | 8:00 PM Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

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In May of 2014, Norm Lewis made history as The Phantom of the Opera’s first African American Phantom on Broadway.

He was recently seen on PBS in the Live From Lincoln Center productions of Showboat with Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis: Who Am I?, New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration with Diane Reeves, American Voices with Renée Fleming and the PBS Special First You Dream – The Music of Kander & Ebb. His additional television credits include Gotham, The Blacklist, and Blue Bloods, as well as in his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on the hit drama Scandal.

Mr. Lewis received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who’s Tommy. In London’s West End he has appeared as Javert in Les Misérables and Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS.

Off-Broadway Mr. Lewis has performed in Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous, and A New Brain. His regional credits include Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd, and The Fantasticks.

On film Mr. Lewis has appeared in Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences, Preaching to the Choir, and the upcoming film, Magnum Opus.

Norm’s solo debut album “This is The Life” can be found on as well as



Tickets start at $26 and are available online at, in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main St.), or by calling (585) 274-3000. 

Guest Masterclass - Susan Jolles, harp Eastman School Howard Hanson Hall 1485615600 1485622800 Morning Chamber Music Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall 1485619200 1485624600  
Morning Chamber Music is a series of hour-long chamber music concerts. The series is directed by cellist Rosemary Elliott, and features Eastman Collegiate faculty in varied programs involving piano, strings, and wind.
Trio for violin, cello and piano Op 150                                                   Amy Beach (1867-1944)


Lento espressivo

Allegro con brio

Harmony and Hate                                                                                   Zack Browning (b. 1953)

Trio for violin, cello and piano                                                          Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941)

Adagio Lamentoso

Allegro Agitato

Janet Sung, violin

Rosemary Elliott, cello
Rose Shlyam Grace, piano 

If you have questions about the Morning Chamber Music Series, or are interested in or know of someone interested in contributing to string scholarships at Eastman, please contact series director Rosemary Elliott at

 All Morning Chamber Music events are free and open to the public.

Student Degree Recital - Alexis VanZalen, harpsichord Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1485621000 1485626400 Eastman Community Music School Recital Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall 1485630000 1485635400 Eastman Community Music School Recital Eastman School Howard Hanson Hall 1485630000 1485635400 Chamber Music Guest Master Class - Kim Kashkashian, violist Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge 1485633600 1485642600  
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Kim Kashkashian, internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola, was born of Armenian parents in Michigan. She studied the viola with Karen Tuttle and legendary violist Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Since fall 2000 she has taught viola and chamber music at New England Conservatory.

Following Grammy Award nominations for several previous recordings, Kashkashian received a 2012 Grammy Award in the "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" category for Kurtág and Ligeti: Music for Viola, on the ECM Records label. Kashkashian's recording, with Robert Levin, of the Brahms Sonatas won the Edison Prize in 1999. Her June 2000 recording of concertos by Bartók, Eötvös and Kurtág won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award for a premiere recording by soloist with orchestra.

In 2016, Kashkashian was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kashkashian has worked tirelessly to broaden the range of technique, advocacy, and repertoire for the viola. A staunch proponent of contemporary music, she has developed creative relationships with György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli, and Arvo Pärt, and commissioned works from Peter Eötvös, Ken Ueno, Thomas Larcher, Lera Auerbach, and Tigran Mansurian.

Marlboro and the Viennese school represented by her mentor, Felix Galimir, were major influences in developing her love of chamber music. Kim Kashkashian is a regular participant at the Verbier, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Marlboro, and Ravinia festivals.

She has long-standing duo partnerships with pianist Robert Levin and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and played in a unique string quartet with Gidon Kremer, Daniel Phillips, and Yo-Yo Ma.

As a soloist, she has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York, and Cleveland, and in recital at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Kaufmann Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, as well as in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Athens, and Tokyo.

Kashkashian's musicianship has been well represented on recordings through her association with the prestigious ECM label in a fruitful collaboration that has been continuous since 1985.

Kim Kashkashian has taught in Bloomington, Indiana, and in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany, and now resides with her daughter in Boston.

Kim is a founding member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to fight hunger in their home communities.

Eastman Community Music School Recital Eastman School Howard Hanson Hall 1485635400 1485640800 Eastman Community Music School Recital Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall 1485635400 1485640800 Student Degree Lecture Recital - Moriah Wilhelm Rowe, violin Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge 1485646200 1485651600 Non-Degree Recital - Ann Sawamura, saxophone Eastman School Ray Wright Room 1485648000 1485653400 RPO: Philharmonics #7 - Pre-Concert Chat Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 1485648000 1485649800 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: Phils #7 - Stare Conducts Shostakovich 5 Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 1485651600 1485658800  


Ward Stare, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano  

ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL  Two Days in the Life of a Soviet Worker (World Concert Premiere)      
RAVEL  Shéhérazade                        
SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 5        

The year: 1936. After his opera, Lady Macbeth, is denounced as “anti-Soviet,” Shostakovich’s fate rides on the success of his next composition. The ensuing Fifth Symphony is a paragon of music’s power to express beyond the notes, at once brutal, mournful, and triumphant—with a side of sarcasm. A monumental evening also features the “liquid gold” (The Times) soprano of opera star Nicole Cabell, winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.


Tickets start at $23 and are available online at, in person at the RPO Patron Services Center (108 East Avenue), by calling (585) 454-2100, or at any Rochester-area Wegmans  


Student Degree Lecture Recital - Daniel Baer, piano Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge 1485653400 1485658800 Non-Degree Recital - Max Berlin, jazz piano Eastman School Ray Wright Room 1485655200 1485660600 Pre-Concert Lecture - Faculty Artist Series - Renée Jolles, violin (with Margaret Kampmeier, piano; Susan Jolles, harp) Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1485717300 1485720000 Faculty Artist Series - Renée Jolles, violin (with Margaret Kampmeier, piano; Susan Jolles, harp) Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall 1485720000 1485727200

Faculty Artist Series: Renée Jolles, violin
with Susan Jolles, harp; Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Pre-concert talk with the composers at 2:15 p.m.



Leo Kraft
Victoria Bond
David Liptak World Premiere
Louis Karchin
Roberto Sierra


 Renée Jolles, violinist, enjoys an eclectic career as soloist and chamber artist specializing in a wide variety of styles from the Baroque to the contemporary. Hailed as a “real star” by The New York Times for her New York Concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall, she has premiered hundreds of works, including the American premiere of Schnittke’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Her concerto engagements have included orchestras such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, The Cape May Festival Orchestra, and The Salisbury Symphony. Ms. Jolles is a member of the Jolles Duo (harp and violin), Continuum, Intimate Voices, The New York Chamber Ensemble, and is a concertmaster of the world-renowned, Grammy Award winning, conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Honored to be a featured soloist in three world premieres as part of the Orpheus “New Brandenburg” commissions, she can be heard as soloist on the WQXR website in live performances from Carnegie Hall performing the music of Paul Moravec, Melinda Wagner, and Peter Maxwell Davies. She has performed at festivals such as Marlboro, Cape May, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Rockport (Mass.), Norfolk, Taos, Riverrun, and The Chamber Music and Composers’ Forum of the East. Committed to recording new music, she can be heard as soloist and chamber artist on the Cambria, CRI, North/South Recordings, Albany, and New World record labels. She can also be heard on three recently released albums appearing this season which showcase the music of composers Oleg Felzer, Victoria Bond, and Ushio Torikai. Before accepting the position of Associate Professor of Violin at Eastman, Ms. Jolles was on the faculty of The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division, The Mannes School of Music, Preparatory Division, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. During the summer, she is on the faculty at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Ms. Jolles received her BM and MM degrees from Juilliard, where, upon graduation, she was presented with the school’s highest award, the William Schuman Prize. While at Juilliard, she held teaching fellowships in Chamber Music as an assistant to the Juilliard Quartet, and in Ear-Training. Her teachers have included Lewis Kaplan, Felix Galimir, Jacob Lateiner, and members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, and American String Quartets.


The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker.


Tickets $10 general admission, free to University of Rochester ID holders and current series subscribers. Available online at, in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main St.), or by calling (585) 274-3000. Buy Tickets

Student Degree Recital - Dai-An Liu, harp Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall 1485734400 1485739800