Eastman School of Music graduates will reunite to present a “Sonic Cluster II” and premiere a new work by an Eastman composer Jennifer Bellor at 7:30 p.m. July 2 in Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
Building on the success of a similar concert last year, “Sonic Cluster II” is a collaboration involving Eastman alumni, current students, freelance musicians and dancers from the Greater Rochester area.
Both events have been spearheaded by pianist Olga Shupyatskaya, who has invited fellow alumna and pianist Futaba Niekawa to return for a program centered on repertoire for two pianos.
Shupyatskaya and Niekawa will premiere a work by Bellor, who received a DownBeat magazine composition award in her final year of doctoral studies at Eastman. Concert performers will also present works by Bach, Chopin and Astor Piazzolla.
“Sonic Cluster II” will feature percussionists Matt Witten and Christopher Jones, violinist Alexander Tatarinov, violist Sergio Munoz, cellist Svetlana Garitselova and double bassist Spencer Phillips. Eastman musicians will be joined for “Sonic Cluster II” by violinist Noemi Miloradovic and dancers Christopher Collins and Hannah Campanelli.
Shupyatskaya serves as the director of graduate advising and services at Eastman and as a member of the piano faculty at the Eastman Community Music School.
Niekawa is on the faculty of collaborative piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is a founding member of duo526, a violin-piano duo.
Bellor is a composer, performer, educator and recipient of numerous commissions and awards. She teaches music composition and theory at University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
Witten is on faculty at Finger Lakes Community College and RU, where he is director of the university’s percussion ensemble.
Jones and Phillips are current doctoral candidates at Eastman School of Music. Jones is active as a performer with the A/B Duo and percussion quartet Clocks in Motion. Phillips is the principal bass at Tri-Cities Opera and section bass at Binghamton Philharmonic.
Munoz and Garitselova both completed their master’s degrees at Eastman and have been active chamber musicians in the Rochester area.
Miloradovic is assistant concertmaster with Binghamton Philharmonic and a member of Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Symphony in Maine and Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic.
Rochester natives Campanelli and Collins have danced with Rochester City Ballet. Campanelli is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in commercial dance at Pace University in New York City.
Admission costs $10 for the general public and free to University of Rochester ID card holders. Tickets are available in advance by phone, online and at Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 E. Main St., Rochester.
Tickets will be sold July 2 at Kilbourn Hall Box Office at 7 p.m.
For information, call 585-274-3000 or visit eastmantheatre.org.