Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Delve into a diverse array of subjects, from the rich history of the trumpet to the intricate nuances of baroque performance practice. Presented by esteemed experts and enthusiasts, each lecture is a gateway to expand your knowledge, ignite your imagination, and deepen your appreciation for the arts. Join us in celebrating the power of creativity and culture as we explore, learn, and connect.
Free Admission for All!
Medical Musician: A Storyteller in Sound
Saturday, Oct. 21 3:30 PM
In Person and Livestreamed
Presented by Andrew Schulman
This session led by accomplished professional guitar player and medical musician Andrew Schulman will explore the healing power of music in critical care units. He will share his inspiring personal story, including how music saved his life while in a medically-induced coma, critically ill and given very little chance of surviving. This experience inspired him to give back to the medical staff who cared for him by returning to the ICU as a musician and using music to help heal patients.
Mr. Schulman will discuss the history of music and medicine, and how music can affect patient outcomes and satisfaction. Additionally, he will explore how music helps medical teams by improving morale and alleviating burnout. During this presentation, he will illustrate various stories with his guitar playing.
Participants will learn about:
- The positive effect of music and how it might support those undergoing medical interventions.
- The benefits of having a medical music program in a hospital, for both the patients and medical professionals.
About Andrew Schulman:
Andrew Schulman has been a professional guitarist based in New York City since 1975, with multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and other concert halls. He has appeared in European concert halls including the Royal Festival Hall in London. He is the founder of the Abaca String Band, a string quintet that has concertized throughout the United States.
Mr. Schulman was the medical musician in the Surgical ICU at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York from 2010-16, then played in the Surgical, Medical, and Neurosurgical ICUs at NYU Langone Medical Center in 2017. He had a monthly residency at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts from 2016 to 2020. In May 2019 Andrew Schulman began serving as a consultant to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center-Therapeutic Music in the ICU project for hospitalized patients. In September 2017 he became a professional member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the first musician to do so, and has spoken and performed at several national and international SCCM conferences. In 2020 he was appointed to a three-year term on the SCCM ICU Liberation Committee. In February 2020 he was appointed as Visiting Artist/Medical Musician with the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program of Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Andrew and his wife Wendy Sayvetz are the subjects of the documentary film Andrew & Wendy, about his journey as a medical musician, which has been presented at international film festivals and aired multiple times on PBS-TV. He is the author of Waking The Spirit: A Musician’s Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul (Macmillan:Picador, 2016), a world-wide release. He and Wendy live in New York City with Phoebe, their Yellow Labrador Retriever.
Trumpet Function & Fashion: From the Earliest Sounds to the High Baroque Era
Saturday, Nov. 18 3:30 p.m.
Presented by Jared Wallis, DMA
Dr. Jared Wallis is a trumpeter, scholar, and teaching artist based in Rochester, NY. Jared is a regular member of the Ithaca Brass and Sonitus Clarissima and has performed with numerous groups including the Mantzaros Philharmonic Society and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He was awarded 1st prize in the 2022 North American Baroque Trumpet Competition, and he recently gave the world premiere of his first composition, We Are Still Here, at the 2023 International Trumpet Guild Conference. A passionate mentor, Jared currently serves as assistant professor of trumpet at Ithaca College and assistant professor of baroque trumpet at the Eastman School of Music. Jared earned his MM, DMA, and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with James Thompson and Boyde Hood. He is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he studied with Jason Dovel and graduated summa cum laude. Jared is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Decoding the Ancestor of the Modern-day Trombone: Sackbut Demonstration & Recital
Saturday, Dec. 9 1:00 p.m.
Presented by Ben David Aronson, DMA
Based in Rochester, NY, Ben David Aronson has performed with a wide range of ensembles including Symphoria, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic and Erie Philharmonic orchestras, and as a founding member of the Hohenfels Trombone Quartet. His engagements as a historical trombonist include collaborations with the Dark Horse Consort, Piffaro, Pegasus Early Music, Publick Musick, Trinity Wall Street, Opera Lafayette, Apollo’s Fire, Mercury Chamber Orchestra, and the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra. He holds a DMA from the Eastman School of Music and serves on the faculties of the Eastman Community Music School, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and SUNY Geneseo.This season, Ben David is very much looking forward to performing with the Newberry Consort, Haymarket Opera, Opera Atelier, Boston Baroque, Pegasus, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Phiharmonie Austin, the Madison Bach Musicians, and in various exciting projects as a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Incantare.
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