Garth Fagan Dance Will Mark 50 Years Eastman School of Music 100, During Collaborative Anniversary in Kodak Hall

The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, together with Garth Fagan Dance, are proud to announce A Collaborative Celebration: Eastman School of Music 100th Anniversary and Garth Fagan Dance 50th Anniversary, Friday, October 1, at 7:30 PM in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Garth Fagan Dance, together with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, directed by Michael Burritt (’84, ’86 MM), and the Eastman Saxophone Project, directed by Chien-Kwan Lin (’07 DMA), join forces for an incredible evening of music and dance, including the world-premiere of a composition written specifically for these groups by Eastman alumnus, Baljinder Sekhon (’08 MA, ’13 PHD), titled Dreamer.  

As a special addition to the evening, Garth Fagan will be honored and presented with Eastman’s Luminary Award. This award recognizes individuals who have given extraordinary service to music and the arts at the community and national levels. Fagan will be only the tenth recipient of this honor.

“I am honored and thrilled to receive the Luminary award,” shares Garth Fagan. He adds, “I am looking forward to receiving the award on October 1, 2021, when my company will perform excerpts from my work, The North Star (2018), and Norwood Pennewell’s new work with music by Baljinder Sekhon, performed by the Eastman Percussion Ensemble and Eastman Saxophone Project, continuing the long history of creative collaborations between The Eastman School of Music and Garth Fagan Dance.”

The first half of the program will feature Eastman’s two ensembles, including two additional world-premieres.The second half will begin with Garth Fagan Dance performing excerpts of The North Star choreographed by Garth Fagan in 2018.

The evening will finish with Sekhon’s Dreamer, performed in collaboration by all three groups.