“Highly unique…always original” (Democrat & Chronicle)
Pegasus presents an annual series of concerts by world-class performing artists. Our concerts encompass over 400 years of music – from medieval to romantic – played on period instruments. Pegasus Early Music delivers music of the past with expressive relevance today.
To the musicians who perform in this series, early music is a living art form, with its dynamic tradition of improvisation and innovation; its spirit of intense collaboration; its incredible ability to communicate sophisticated human instincts and emotions; and its chamber-style direct intimacy. We are passionately convinced that early music can be meaningful within the context of contemporary society, and we want to share that with our audience.
Pegasus Early Music emphasizes the human side of music-making, the “reach out and touch it” approach to make music accessible, meaningful, and engaging to audiences. Each Pegasus event includes opportunities for interaction between performers and audiences through pre-concert talks, exhibits and demonstrations, social receptions, and master classes with area students. Our student interns from the Eastman Arts Leadership Program learn as they help us grow. Our Developing Artist opportunities help to foster young professionals playing alongside experienced colleagues. Pegasus Rising is our series for emerging young early music performers; we mentor them through the process of putting together a concert which we offer to the public in unusual venues, and for free.
Since its creation in 2005, Pegasus has collaborated with Downtown Arts Link, the Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, MECA, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester City Ballet, the University of Rochester’s Humanities Project, and NYS Baroque. More collaborations next year!
There are many opportunities to participate in events with us, as volunteers, Board or Committee Members, artist sponsors, and as enthusiastic audience members. We welcome your ideas and involvement. Please join us for next season!
Meet the Board of Directors
Ron Epstein, President – Ron Epstein, President of the Pegasus Board of Directors, is a family physician at the University of Rochester. His love of early music dates to the 1970s when he studied harpsichord in the USA and the Netherlands before he went to medical school. He has been a supporter of Pegasus since its inception.
Andrew Nagel – Andy has been on the board of Pegasus since 2009. He has been a passionate music love since age 4 and active in the Rochester music scene as a performer, impresario, board member, supporter, and audience member since his arrival here in the early 70s. He has sung in many groups, both amateur and professional, and served as a church choir section leader for thirty years. In his hours not devoted to music, Andy enjoyed a career teaching high school science in the Rochester City School District.
Caroline Riby – An original Pegasus Groupie, Caroline Riby was one of the first board members. She is an advertising media professional, experienced in all forms of media planning and buying. Currently Caroline works at Butler/Till, a leading local media company, as a Strategic Planning Director. In her spare time she enjoys cooking (you’ve probably had some of her cookies at the reception!), swimming, biking and of course Early Music.
Barbara Consler, Treasurer – Barb is a native Rochesterian, long active with various arts and cultural organization as President, Secretary or Treasurer of their Boards. She holds an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon Business School and is currently a Financial Consultant with ProNexus, LLC. She joined the Pegasus Board in 2009 and was elected Treasurer in 2010. Also a pianist and singer, Barb is currently the Alto Section Leader at Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, a position she has held for over 15 years. She resides in the Cobbs Hill area with her two feline, furry children: Smokey and the Bandit. Email: Treasurer@PegasusEarlyMusic.org
Blaire Koerner – The newest member of the board, Blaire Koerner started out interning for Pegasus through the Arts Leadership Program at Eastman School of Music. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Eastman on bassoon while working for the Eastman Community Music School and teaching an online theory course. An avid animal lover, Blaire loves visiting Artistic Director Deb Fox as she can listen to Early Music and chat about Pegasus with a cat on her lap! Email: email@example.com
Anne Lutkus received a PhD in Renaissance French literature from Indiana University. After teaching at Indiana University and Northern Illinois University she moved to Geneseo NY in 1973. Until her retirement in 2009, Anne was a language coordinator in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Rochester where she helped train the teaching assistants, organized the summer study abroad courses and taught French language courses. Her interest in early music comes from the textual side of things, having done a dissertation on Marot’s love poetry; much of medieval and Renaissance poetry has musical settings.
Stephen Lewandowski has published eight books of poetry, and his poems and essays have appeared in regional and national environmental and literary journals and anthologies. He has worked as an environmental educator and consultant in the western Finger Lakes for twenty-five years. He is a founder of the Coalition for Hemlock and Canadice Lakes and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Task Force and worked on the development of watershed management plans for many of the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario. He currently serves on the Board as Treasurer of the Friends of Ganondagan NYS Historic Site, and his most recent book of poems, One Life, was published by Wood Thrush Books of Vermont.
Meet the Artistic Director
Deborah Fox is a lutenist with a span of repertoire ranging from medieval to baroque music, as a soloist, chamber music player, and baroque opera continuo. She has performed with major early music ensembles and festivals from Newfoundland to Australia, including the Carmel Bach Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Spoleto Festival, Opera Atelier (Toronto), Pinchgut Opera (Sydney), Concert Royal, Music of the Baroque (Chicago), and others. She performs as a regular member of the ensemble Fioritura, and often in recital with soprano Laura Heimes and countertenor José Lemos. She is the founder and director of Pegasus Early Music, and the director of NYS Baroque in Ithaca and Syracuse, NY.
Meet the Administrative Manager
Mary Theresa Russek proudly represents her hometown of Hershey, PA as a violinist and teacher. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Violin Performance with Oleh Krysa. In 2014, she performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. Mary is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Her most memorable experience was playing with the Central Pennsylvania Suzuki Strings in a Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremony honoring television personality Mr. Rogers. As a young teen, Mary was concertmaster of the 2011 All-State Orchestra. She is privileged to perform on a 1772 violin made in England by Benjamin Banks.
Meet our Eastman Arts Leadership Program Intern
Aiden Lewis is a Seattle native currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in Viola Performance at the Eastman School of Music, and Brain and Cognitive Science at the University of Rochester. A lover of early musical repertoire, he also plays the baroque viola and viola da gamba in Eastman’s early music ensembles. Aiden is excited to have the opportunity to intern with Pegasus and learn more about the professional early music world.
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Pegasus Early Music is a 501c3 non-profit organization