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.