University of Rochester

EVENT: Institute for Popular Music Launches New Concert Series with Pink Floyd Anniversary Celebration

September 17, 2013

The University of Rochester's Institute for Popular Music will launch a new "In Performance" series on Saturday, Sept. 21, with a concert commemorating the 40th anniversary of one of the best-selling albums worldwide, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.

"The goal of this new series is to feature live performances of historic popular music by both student groups and professional artists," said John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music and chair of the Music Department in the University's College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.

According to Covach, "We selected Dark Side of the Moon for our first performance in the series, because the album stands as a real monument to the 1970s and is one of the most important albums of the decade."

The IPM's Pink Floyd celebration kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in Hubbell Auditorium with a lecture by Shaugn O'Donnell, associate professor at the City College of New York, titled "Pink Floyd's Interstellar Journey to The Dark Side of the Moon."

The celebration then continues on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. in Strong Auditorium with a special concert featuring members of the University's Music Department faculty, students from the University's Rock Repertory Ensemble, and Heroes for Ghosts, the region's top Pink Floyd tribute band.

The events are free and open to University faculty, staff, students, and the general public, space permitting. For more information contact Elaine Stroh at or call 585. 275.9397.