The third installment of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Performing Artists Concert Series promises to entertain the audience with a sleight of hand—clarification, two hands, playing the piano.
Dariusz Terefenko, assistant professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at Eastman School of Music, will demonstrate his technique of using skilled improvisation to transform the classical music of Frédéric Chopin into jazz. As part of his performance, Terefenko will explain his “transmogrification” technique to the audience. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 in RIT’s Ingle Auditorium.
Terefenko teaches jazz history, theory and improvisation through the Eastman School of Music jazz department, and intermediate keyboard skills and tonal improvisation through the theory department. As a pianist, Terefenko frequently returns to his native Poland to present lecture-recitals on the history of jazz at the University of Krakow and the University of Katowice. He also has given recitals at Poland’s prestigious Festival of Polish Piano Music. Terefenko is also visiting professor of jazz music and music theory at the Polish National School of Music in Slawno (Poland), and is a member of the Society for Music Theory, the International Association of Jazz Educators, the Music Theory Society of New York State and the Flower City Jazz Society.
Tickets—$5 for students, $15 for faculty/staff/alumni and $20 for the general public—can be purchased at RIT’s Gordon Field House box office or at the door on performance night. To charge by phone, call 585-475-5210 or 585-475-4121. For more information, go to www.davidigital.com/concert.