Gateways Music Festival kicks off Tuesday

August 06, 2019 05:32 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Some of the best classical musicians from around the country are bringing their talent to Rochester this week.

The Gateways Music Festival was founded in 1993 as a celebration of classical music and musicians of African descent. 


The six-day event runs from Aug. 6 through Aug. 11 at various venues throughout the city. 

New this year is a four-picture film series and an "after hours" session featuring popular and contemporary music. This is in addition to many solo chamber and orchestra performances.

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, 3:00 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, which 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 students and senior citizens with ID, and free for youth under 18.

 For a complete list of events, click here.


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