American Innovations Press Release


American Innovations Chamber Music Concert Features Eclectic American Music

Society for Chamber Music in Rochester presents their 39th season finale, American Innovations, a chamber music concert and wine tasting on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Hochstein School of Music and Dance. 

ROCHESTER, NY, 9 May 2016 – Society for Chamber Music in Rochester’s (SCMR) 39th season and Around the World Musical Tour concludes with American Innovations, which features both music and wine.  In addition, audience members will enjoy an inside look at the repertoire with a pre-concert talk by Artistic Directors and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) members Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr.   

SCMR’s musical journey around the globe ends at home with this exciting concert featuring composers that have helped shape American musical culture.  The performers will present an eclectic bunch of composers who have a wide range of styles and musical languages.  From the Latin jazz-influenced sounds of Astor Piazzolla and Paquito D'Rivera to the groundbreaking innovations of Elliott Carter, this concert will show the extraordinary range and versatility of American composers.

Eric Ewazen has re-arranged his Trio for Horn, Bassoon and Piano especially for SCMR and we are excited to present the premiere of that arrangement.  The concert ends with two remarkable wind quintets: Samuel Barber’s beloved Summer Music and a new work by Allen Shawn.  Shawn has earned high praise in Rochester for his thoughtful music, most notably the RPO commission and world premiere of his violin concerto, written for Athayde a few years ago.

SCMR celebrates Rochester’s talented young musicians on this concert by showcasing the Hochstein School’s Capriccio Piano Trio playing Piazzola’s passionate Primavera Porteña and an Eastman graduate string quartet playing Grace Ann Lee’s Words, Wide Night.  Lee won the high school division of SCMR’s Composition Competition in 2015.

This concert features one-time only collaborations of RPO, Eastman School of Music and Hochstein School musicians featuring Joanna Bassett, flute; Anna Steltenpohl, oboe and English horn; Kenneth Grant, clarinet; John Hunt, bassoon; Stephen Laifer, horn; and Joseph Werner, pianoAmerican Innovations includes Composition Competition Winner Grace Ann Lee’s Words, Wide Night, Elliott Carter’s Pastoral for English Horn, Astor Piazzoll’s Primavera Porteña, Paquito D’Rivera’s La Fleur de Cayenne, Eric Ewazen’s Trio for Horn, Bassoon, and Piano, Allen Shawn’s Wind Quintet No. 3, and Samuel Barber’s Summer Music.

Concert attendees are invited to sample American wines during intermission. The wine tasting is made possible by a generous donation from Pinnacle Liquor.

Event Details:

·       Concert Title: American Innovations

·       Date: Friday, May 20, 2016

·       Time: Pre-Concert Talk begins at 7:00 pm, concert begins at 7:30 pm

·       Location: Performance Hall at Hochstein School of Music and Dance, 50 North Plymouth Avenue, Rochester NY 14614

·       Tickets: $30, available at or at the door; students admitted free with current school ID

·       Four Ticket Flex Pack: $108 for 4 ticket coupons, 1 ticket coupon admits one person to any one concert, available at


About Society for Chamber Music in Rochester: SCMR is the oldest chamber music society in the Rochester area.  SCMR is a volunteer organization that provides an opportunity for the community to hear musicians of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Eastman School of Music, as well as select local and visiting artists, in performances of the great works of chamber music of all periods and styles.  In addition to concerts, SCMR has an award winning outreach program for primary and secondary school students, in which students participate in master classes and conversations with the musicians.  SCMR also hosts Young Composers Competitions for high school and college students.  The student winners receive a performance in an SCMR concert and a cash prize.     



Meg Burton Tudman, Director of Public Relations