Pegasus Early Music keeps the art form of early music alive through an annual series of concerts with both local and international artists. These concerts encompass a wide spectrum of music: medieval, renaissance, baroque and classical; vocal and instrumental; sacred and secular.
Pegasus artists perform on period instruments, including the lute, harpsichord and theorbo, with attention to current standards of historical performance practice from musicological research. Every concert incorporates a pre-performance talk by the artist, and many of the concerts include master classes, workshops and run-out concerts to nearby towns.
Founded in 2005, Pegasus began with three concerts a season. The organization now offers five main concerts a season in venues throughout Rochester, including the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, the Memorial Art Gallery, Hochstein and other spaces chosen for their acoustics and intimate ambiance. In 2013, Pegasus announced a collaboration with Ithaca-based NYS Baroque, which expanded its concert area to the central New York region.
Pegasus also has collaborated on performances with Downtown Arts Link, the Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester City Ballet, University of Rochester’s Humanities Project and the Fringe Festival.
Other programs include:
- Pegasus Rising: This concert series showcases young emerging performers. Presented in smaller, edgier venues in Rochester, these concerts are more informal—with spoken commentary by the artists—to help engage a younger audience. The series also helps the artists develop their career building skills, as they are the ones responsible for audience development, publicity, marketing and artistic decisions that go into putting on the concert. Artistic Director Deborah Fox, who is also a lutenist, mentors the performers throughout the process.
- Arts Leadership Program intern: Pegasus has an annual intern from the ALP program at the Eastman School.
- Baroque Music and All That Jazz: These performances explain and demonstrate baroque music and the art of improvisation.
The next Pegasus concert, “On the Road,” is Feb. 22 at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church. Billed as “a string band tour of 17th century Europe,” the program is slated to feature Julie Andrijeski, Boel Gidholm, violins; Paul Miller, Dan Elyar, violas d’amore; David Morris, cello; Tracy Mortimore, violone; and Deborah Fox, Daniel Swenberg, theorbos/guitars.
Pegasus has two part-time employees and has its office at 211 Cobbs Hill Drive. Its website is pegasusearlymusic.org.
Financial record Year ended May 31, 2014
Contributions $125,164 87
Program service revenue 17,724 12
Sales 587 Less than 1
Total revenue $143,475 100
Salaries/professional fees $56,613 83
Printing 7,820 14
Occupancy 1,934 2
Other 1,855 2
Total expenses $68,222 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $75,253
Board of Directors
Ronald Epstein, M.D., president
Andrew Nagel, vice president
Stephen Lewandowski, secretary
Barbara Consler, treasurer
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