Denyce Graves, a faculty artist and mezzo-soprano, was the featured guest artist at the 2019 Gateways Music Festival, which presented more than 50 performances in concert halls and community venues throughout the Rochester, New York, area. Graves performed with the festival orchestra in its closing concert on Aug. 11 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. On the program were traditional spirituals and works from Bizet's Carmen and Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur.
Michael Hersch, Composition, is the 2019–20 composer-in-residence with the Camerata Bern, a highly acclaimed chamber orchestra in Bern, Switzerland, that unites top-level musicians inspired by the idea of performing within a flexible, self-conducted ensemble. The orchestra will premiere Hersch's new work, Agatha, and soprano Ah Young Hong, an associate professor of voice, will be a soloist.
Amit Peled, a faculty artist and cellist, has been appointed the music director for CityMusic Cleveland. He will conduct the first concert of the 2019–20 season on Oct. 17.
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