AMS Rochester 2017 — Special Events and Concerts

Ticketed Events
AMS Group discount tickets for qualifing events will be posted here. Meanwhile, the following concert opportunities are listed for you consideration:

Local arts organizations have exciting plans for the conference weekend.
  • Eastman’s contemporary ensemble Musica Nova performs works by Xenakis, Ligeti, and Bernhard Gander. Thursday, 9 November, 7:30pm, Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall. Free and open to the public.
  • The Geva Theatre Center presents The Agitators The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Tickets may be purchased at
  • The Rochester Symphony Orchestra will present a program including Beethoven’s "Emperor" and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. See below for ticket information.
  • The Eastman Philharmonia will perform Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Braham's first piano concerto at Eastman School of Music, Kodak Hall on Friday 10 November, 8pm. Free and open to the public.
  • Rochester’s new period orchestra, Perihipsous will present a debut performance entitled "Sigismund’s Cathedral" at Christ Church on Friday 10 November, 8pm. See below for ticket information.
  • A screening of the newly restored silent blockbuster A Fool There Was (1915) will take place at the George Eastman Museum, Dryden Theatre. This is the U.S. Premiere of the restortored film with a new score by Philip Carli. See below for ticket information.

AMS Dance
Friday 10 November, 9:00pm to midnight: $5.00
Rochester Radisson Riverside

If you didn't buy a ticket on your registration form, you can buy one here now.


Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Thursday, 9 November 7:30pm, and Saturday, 11 November 8:00pm
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
26 Gibbs St., Rochester

(11-minute walk from Convention Center)

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents Olga Kern Plays Beethoven's "Emperor"

Ward Stare, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

Discount ticket sales for this event are now closed, but regular tickets may still be available at the RPO website.

Olga Kern

Olga Kern

Ensemble Perihipsous
presents "Sigismund’s Cathedral"
Friday 10 November, 8:00pm
Christ Church, 141 East Avenue, Rochester

Michael Ruhling, director
Christ Church Schola Cantorum
Edoardo Belotti, organ
Brian Shaw, baroque trumpet

This performance will be the inaugural concert of Ensemble Perihipsous, Rochester's new period orchestra, in collaboration with the Christ Church Schola Cantorum and Edoardo Belotti playing the wonderful Craighead-Saunders Organ (after the Casparini 1776 organ in Vilnius). The program will also feature baroque trumpet specialist Brian Shaw. The repertoire includes Michael Haydn’s Pastorello in C, MH83 (1766), Trumpet Concerto in C, MH60 (1763), and the “Sigismundo” Requiem, MH155 (1771), along with several solo organ works.

Michael Haydn composed wonderful music for the Salzburg Cathedral while Sigismund Schrattenbach was Salzburg’s Prince-Archbishop. Upon the Archbishop’s death, Haydn wrote his dedicatory Requiem during a two-week period, completing it Dec. 31, 1771. This marvelous and neglected work strongly influenced Mozart’s later Requiem. Trumpet concertos would have been commonly used in the cathedrals at the time, and M. Haydn’s is considered one of the most difficult works in the solo repertoire. The Pastorello of 1766 would have been part of the Christmas celebration, and like the Requiem, includes four trumpets and timpani.

Click here for tickets, program information, and more about Ensemble Perihipsous

Craighead-Saunders Organ

Craighead-Saunders Organ at Christ Church

Film Screening: A Fool There Was (1915)
Saturday 11 November, 7:30 PM
George Eastman Museum, Dreyden Theater
900 East Ave., Rochester

(1.5 miles from the Convention Center. A shuttle bus will be available)

This event celebrates George Eastman’s contributions to the motion picture industry with a showing of the newly restored silent blockbuster A Fool There Was (1915), starring Theda Bara. Philip Carli has been commissioned to compose a new score to accompany the restoration, and the United States premiere of the restored film with musical accompaniment will take place on Eastman’s estate, the George Eastman Museum.

Discount tickets ($10 AMS members / $6 students) may be purchased online through the Eastman Museum's website. Click here for tickets and more info about this event.

A Fool There Was

A Fool There Was movie poster

Free Concerts presented by the AMS

The Performance Committee plans two recitals, a lecture-recital, and a workshop-demonstration for Friday and Saturday afternoons at  Eastman School of Music and Christ Church, both short walks from the Convention Center and hotels. The concerts are free and open to the public. The committee chose these performances from about a dozen applicants.

Recital: “Uncovering Two Lost Virtuoso Fantasias by Joseph Joachim”

Presented by Katharina Uhde, violin and R. Larry Todd, piano

Friday 10 November, 12:30-1:30p.m.
Eastman School of Music, Howard Hanson Hall
Located on the 4th floor of main building, enter at 26 Gibbs St.
(10 minute walk from the Convention Center. Shuttle service provided by AMS).

Katharina Uhde (Valparaiso University) and R. Larry Todd (Duke University) will perform Joseph Joachim’s curtain-raising Notturno (1858), along with two newly rediscovered virtuoso fantasias, which were composed during the 1850s but became lost during the Second World War. As Uhde and Todd observe, the fantasias "reveal a young virtuoso composing like a violinist" in a style distinct from his later aesthetic.

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Katharina Uhde

Katharina Uhde

Larry Todd

R. Larry Todd

Lecture-Recital: “The Proleptic Cosmonaut: Toward Reconstructing Scriabin’s Music, Mysticism, and Russian Identity”

Presented by Becky Lu, piano

Friday 10 November, 2:00-3:00p.m.
Eastman School of Music, Hatch Recital Hall
Located on the 1st floor of the East Wing building, enter on Main St., not Gibbs St.
(10 minute walk from the Convention Center. Shuttle service provided by AMS).

Becky Lu (Cornell University) offers a lecture-recital that explores the possibilities of understanding Alexander Scriabin’s compositions through the lens of science fiction, building on the work of Anindita Banerjee, who argues that the genre functioned as “’a mode of awareness‘ about modern Russia.” She will outline this fascinating line of analysis and perform Scriabin’s Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, op. 30, and Sonata no. 5, op. 53, during which the audience is invited to try out a “sci-fi hearing” of these works.

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Becky Lu

Becky Lu

Workshop-Demonstration: “Improvised Polyphony by Civic Wind Bands in Court”

Presented by Forgotten Clefs: A Renaissance Wind Band, Charles Wines, artistic director

Saturday 11 November, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall
Located on the 1st floor of main building, enter at 26 Gibbs St.
(10 minute walk from the Convention Center. Shuttle service provided by AMS).

  • Charles Wines, shawm and recorder
  • Christopher Armijo, recorder
  • Adam Dillon, sackbut
  • Sarah Huebsch, shawm and recorder
  • Kelsey Schilling, shawm and recorder

Attendees will be able to witness a workshop-demonstration on improvised polyphony by the Bloomington, Indiana-based ensemble Forgotten Clefs, led by artistic director Charles Wines. Informed by fifteenth-century treatises by Johannes Tinctoris and Guiliemus Monachus, the seven-member ensemble will demonstrate how Northern European civic wind bands improvised three- and four-part polyphonic pieces based on monophonic tunes. The audience will get to help select the tunes.

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Forgotten Clefs

Forgotten Clefs: A Renaissance Wind Band

Recital: “Singen und Sagen: Praetorius's Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica
A Concert for Hope in a Time of War”

Presented by Christ Church Schola Cantorum and Consort
with Students, Faculty, and Alumni from the
Eastman School of Music

and the Rochester Community

Conducted by Stephen Kennedy, Music Director, Christ Church, Rochester

Program and Editions by Liza Malamut

Saturday 11 November, 2:00-3:00p.m.
Christ Church, 141 East Ave.
Please use the entrance that faces East Ave, through the courtyard
(10 minute walk from the Convention Center. Shuttle service provided by AMS).

Conference-goers are invited to “Singen und Sagen,” a special performance of Michael Praetorius's Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica, with performance editions prepared by Liza Malamut (Boston University). As Malamut observes, the work’s “vocal virtuosity, adventurous use of performance space, and unfettered orchestration” make it both “a true spectacle” and a challenge to mount. Directed by Stephen Kennedy of Christ Church, this performance will bring together performers from the Christ Church Schola Cantorum and Consort with students and faculty from the Eastman School of Music, and beyond. It will make full use of the space and the church’s magnificent Craighead-Saunders organ.

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Schola Cantorum

Christ Church Schola Cantorum



Pre-Conference Events

The Seventh International New Beethoven Research conference will take place Wednesday 8 November and Thursday morning 9 November.

The Francophone Music Criticism, 1789-1914, Tenth Anniversary conference will take place Wednesday 8 November and Thursday morning 9 November. Additional information about this event, including registration, will be posted here as it becomes available.

The Instruments of Music Theory conference will take place Wednesday 8 November and Thursday 9 November at the Hatch Recital Hall of the Eastman School of Music. Click the link for details including the program, abstracts, and registration information.

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