GATEWAYS MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2019 LINEUP AND TWO NEW EVENTS!

The Gateways Music Festival in association with Eastman School of Music announces its 2019 lineup and introduces two new events during its six-day run in Rochester, August 6 through 11.

New this year are a three-picture film series August 6 and an “After Hours” session featuring popular and contemporary music.  Both additions expand the offerings of the 26-year old classical music celebration of professional musicians and composers of African descent.

Renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is the festival’s featured guest artist.  She will sing arias from the operas Carmen and Adriana Lecouvreur and African-American spirituals at the final concert of the festival with the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 11 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Michael Morgan is  conductor and festival music director.

Two of the films in the series are: R. A. W. Tuba, a documentary about Gateways principal tuba, Richard Antoine White, who experienced homelessness as a child in Baltimore and went on to become the first African American to receive a Doctor of Music in Tuba, 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Hatch Recital Hall,Eastman School of Music,  and   Kinshasa Symphony – An Ode to Joy, a documentary about the everyday lives of members of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 7 at The Little Theatre.

After Hours, a 10:00 p.m. program, Friday, August 9 at Anthology, will feature Gateways musicians performing non-classical music, including jazz, gospel, R&B and more.

The festival also will feature performances of solo, chamber, and orchestral works by composer Florence Beatrice Price (1887-1953).  In 1933, Price became the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major symphony orchestra (the Chicago Symphony).  A documentary about her life is part of the festival film series.

 Other festival highlights include:

•A talk by Robert Watt, retired assistant principal French horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 37 years and author of The Black Horn, a book about his life and career, followed by a musicians’ panel discussion, 3 p.m., Tuesday, August 6 at Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music.

•An organ recital by Nathaniel Gumbs, director of chapel music at Yale University, noon, Thursday, August 8 at Third Presbyterian Church.

•A solo recital by pianist Stewart Goodyear, 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 6 at Hatch Recital Hall.

•A solo recital by pianist Terrence Wilson, 3 p.m., Friday, August 9 at Hatch Recital Hall.

•A performance of Florence Price’s Second Violin Concerto by Gateways’ concertmaster Kelly Hall-Tompkins, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 10 at Hochstein School of Music & Dance.

The return of the two-day Young Musicians Institute, begun in 2017, provides opportunities for young Rochester-area music students to interact and perform with Gateways musicians.

Only four of the many events of this year’s festival will be ticketed:

·The Kinshasa Symphony documentary, 6:30 p.m. at The Little Theatre on Wednesday, August 7, $5;

· Gateways Brass Collective, 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Art Gallery on Friday, August 9, $5;

·Gateways After Hours, 10:00 p.m. at Anthology on Friday, August 9, $10;

·Gateways Orchestra concert, 4:00 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Sunday, August 11, $15 for adults; $10 for  senior citizens 65 and older and free for students with ID, and  youth under 18.

For a complete listing of Gateways events, repertoire and artists plus ticket purchase information, visit the Gateways web site at: www.gatewaysmusicfestival.org.