2015 Festival

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2015 Festival



Featuring classical musicians and composers of African descent

ROCHESTER, NY, July 29, 2015 — A GRAMMY Award-winning string quartet from New York City and the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic will be featured guests at the 2015 Gateways Music Festival.

A celebration of classical musicians of African descent, the Festival will run August 11 through August 16 with nearly 100 talented musicians from 23 states and Canada performing in various venues throughout the city and suburbs of Rochester.

All of the festival events are free and open to the public.

The Harlem Quartet will be among the performers at Gateways’ two chamber music concerts:  7 p.m., Thursday, August 13, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St. and 7 p.m., Saturday, August 15 at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave.

Based in New York City and making its debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the Quartet has performed throughout the United States as well as in South Africa, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Panama and Belgium. Their recording of “Mozart Goes Dancing” with jazz legends pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton won a GRAMMY Award for Best Instrumental Composition in February 2013.  The recording was from the album the quartet made with Corea and Burton entitled “Hot House.”

Anthony McGill joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2014 as principal clarinet after spending 10 years as principal clarinet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  He is recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. He performed with noted artists, violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barrack Obama on January 20, 2009.

McGill will be the soloist at the festival-ending Gateways Music Festival Orchestra concert at 4 p.m.  August 16 in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre in the performance of Richard Danielpour’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra: “From the Mountaintop.” The work is a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

The orchestra, under the baton of conductor Michael Morgan, music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra in California, will also perform Symphony No. 1 in E Minor by black woman composer, Florence B. Price, and La Valse by Maurice Ravel.

Other Gateways Music Festival events include a Piano Recital featuring five pianists, a Pre-concert Conversation entitled “Black Women Composers: In Recognition of Their Creative Musical Brilliance … At Last!”, an open orchestra rehearsal and the Youth Showcase Concert.

For more information about the Gateways Music Festival, a biennial event now in its 22nd year in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music, check the attached festival flier and visit the festival web site at www.gatewaysmusicfestival.org or call the festival hotline at 585-234-2582.