Eastman School of Music presents violist Masumi Per Rostad in the next session of the Faculty Artist Series. Rostad is an associate professor of viola in the school’s strings, harp and guitar department. He has made a career out of being a soloist as well as a member of the Pacifica Quartet, which received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America. Rostad will perform a selection of sonatas by Mozart. Accompanying him is guest pianist Sonia Rostad. 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Hatch Recital Hall. esm.rochester.edu
The Eastman-Ranlet Series is bringing the St. Lawrence String Quartet to Rochester this weekend.
Composed of violinists Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violist Lesley Robertson and cellist Christopher Costanza, the quartet will perform Haydn’s “Quartet in C,” John Adams’ “Second String Quartet” and Beethoven’s “Quartet No. 16 in F.”
“Modern,” “dramatic,” “superb,” “wickedly attentive…with a hint of rock and roll energy” are just a few ways critics have described the musical phenomenon that is the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The SLSQ is best known for their intense performances, the range of their repertoire and their commitment to concert experiences that are both intellectually exciting and emotionally invigorating.
The group was established in Toronto in 1989. Soon after forming, they gained an ongoing residency at Spoleto Festival USA. They have also earned two Grammy Award nominations.
The New York Times refers to Nuttall, co-founder of the quartet, as “intensely dynamic.” He has performed over 1,500 concerts all over the globe.
Dalby has been praised as “dazzling” by the Times and “expert and versatile” by the New Yorker. He has a rich musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, new and early music expert, concertmaster and educator.
Robertson, a Juilliard School graduate and co-founder of SLSQ, has performed in some of the most renowned concert halls, including New York’s Lincoln Center and Paris’ Theatre de la Ville.
A cellist for 30 years, Costanza has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. He received a Grammy nomination in 2006 for his recording of major chamber works for winds and strings by Mozart.
SLSQ takes the stage at Kilbourn Hall at 3 p.m. on Sunday. esm.rochester.edu
In recognition of the centennial of the death of David Hochstein comes the world premiere of Stuart Loeb’s “BRAVURA: The Life and Death of David Hochstein.”
Hosted by the Multi-Use Community Cultural Center and Hummingbird Theatre Co., Rush-Henrietta seventh-grade student Reece Gurell (above) will star as Hochstein in his younger years and James Heath portrays Hochstein as an adult.
Hochstein was born to Jewish immigrants in 1892 and grew into a violin prodigy. He studied with the best teachers in Europe, thanks to Emily Sibley Watson and George Eastman’s patronage.
Hochstein played in what would become the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, taught at what would become the Eastman School of Music and made his Carnegie Hall debut with a Stradivarius violin provided by Eastman.
Hochstein’s life was cut short when he enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in the “Great War” in 1917 and was killed in the Forest of Argonne campaign.
“Most of all, I wanted to probe the question, ‘Why did he enlist?’ David had a deferment to support his mother, and his music career was really taking off,” says Loeb, a child psychiatrist and lifelong classical music enthusiast. “Then, when he was assigned to conduct the Army band, he requested officer training to become a second lieutenant so that he could fight instead. Why was he determined to be on the front lines?
“With the help of Tchaikovsky’s and Paganini’s music, the play brings Hochstein to life and explains how this great Rochester hero left his ‘bravura’ legacy as a performer, teacher and soldier,” Loeb says.
Directed by Donald Bartalo, “the story behind BRAVURA is haunting and tragic, the music is beautiful and it’s Rochester’s own history,” says Loeb. See website for full schedule of performances. bravuratheplay.com