Performing Artists Concert Series Concludes its 10th Year at RIT

Follow RITNEWS on Twitter Rochester Institute of Technology’s Performing Artists Concert Series concludes its 10th season with a unique display of improvisation and arrangement on May 4 with From Bach to Bop and Back in Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union.

The 8 p.m. concert features both a classical and a jazz trio. Performers David Brickman (violin), Diane Walsh (piano), David Ying (cello), Jeff Campbell (string bass), Bill Dobbins (piano) and Bob Sneider (guitar) will pass the melodies back and forth between the two trios via improvisation and arrangement.

The performers are all acclaimed artists, most being affiliated with either the Eastman School of Music or the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the classical trio, David Brickman enjoys a diverse career as a teacher, soloist, chamber player and orchestral musician. Supplementing performance degrees from Eastman and the Indiana University School of Music, he studied the baroque violin with Stanley Richie and traveled to Zurich, Switzerland for master classes with legendary violinist Nathan Milstein.

Diane Walsh, whose many awards over a 35-year international career include the top prizes at the Munich International Piano Competition and the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, has given solo recitals and performed concertos worldwide.

David Ying is well-known to concert audiences as a member of the Ying Quartet which has appeared in many notable festivals, including Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, Norfolk and the Festival de Musica de Camera in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

In the jazz trio, bass player Jeff Campbell also acts as artistic director and will narrate the performance. He is an Eastman School associate professor of jazz studies and member of the RPO.

Bill Dobbins is also an Eastman School of Music jazz studies professor, teaching courses in jazz composing and arranging. He also gives applied lessons to jazz writing majors and directs the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and the Eastman Studio Orchestra.

Bob Sneider is a jazz guitar instructor at the Eastman School of Music. He also teaches jazz theory and improvisation at the University of Rochester, and co-teaches guitar/recorder methods through the Eastman music education department.

Tickets—$5 for students, $12 for faculty/staff/alumni and $18 general admission—are available the Student Alumni Union candy counter or at the door on concert night, if available. To order with credit card, 475-5210.

The performing artists concert series is sponsored by the Center for Campus Life and in part by a grant from the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce.

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