FREE music events for new performers and new audiences
About Pegasus Rising
Pegasus has long been engaged with young people, hosting annual student interns from Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program and inviting several young Developing Artists to perform alongside of our experienced roster. Pegasus Rising is a valuable performing opportunity for these young artists not only as musicians, but in their entrepreneurial career building. Rather than being simply hired to perform, Pegasus Rising young virtuosos are actively involved with the entire process of creating their concert, working closely with the Artistic Director as a mentor and using our resources and experience to guide their plans. The musicians are responsible for and learn about audience development, publicity, marketing, and artistic decisions that go into putting on their concert. We’d like to engage a whole new audience with our music. Our young performers offer a bridge into early music for people who like all styles of music. They will show that early music, even though very old, still sounds new!
Become the next Pegasus Rising artist
We are now accepting applications for our Pegasus Rising Young Artists for Spring 2023. If you are a young early musician, involved in historical performance practice and beginning your professional career, and would like a chance to perform in Rochester, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit a 1-3 paragraph proposal for a concert: this could include a snappy title, personnel/instrumentation, repertoire, a few words to explain the program, ideas for presentation, possible venues (if you have any in mind so far), and anything else you think we need to know before agreeing to present you. Please also submit a resume or bio for you and your group or collaborators, and links to audio or video of your performances. Applications are accepted at any time, on a rolling basis.
Our recent concert
Our Young Artist program introduces you to the latest generation of emerging young early music stars, in free concerts around Rochester.
We are thrilled to introduce
Hannah dePriest, soprano
Michael Pecak, fortepiano
Music of Mozart and Beethoven, in a program exploring the sensational Czech soprano Josepha Duschek (1754-1824),
who was known for “unit[ing] fire and energy with grace and expression” in dramatic performances.
Friday, October 7, 7:00pm
597 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Meet the Pegasus Rising artists from our opera L’Orfeo!
Chosen by audition, these young singers sang in the chorus and smaller roles, working with our more established singers and the music and stage directors, and generally having a great time getting valuable opera experience.
For more information about our production of L’Orfeo in August 2022, click here
Watch Pegasus Rising:
Berwick Fiddle Consort:
“Ayont Yon Glen”
Lydia Becker, Julia Connor, Sarah Douglass, violins;
with guest lutenist Sebastian Quintero
The Berwick Fiddle Consort (BFC) is a folk-baroque ensemble made up of musicians who share a passion for both historical performance and fiddle traditions. Our program presents traditional Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton music alongside Scots-inspired works in the classical style. Francesco Geminiani was an Italian musician who built successful careers in London and Edinburgh and who was interested enough in the Scottish folk tradition to write collections of pieces based on Scots songs. His “Airs made into Sonatas for Two Violins and a Bass” add baroque Italian chords and accompaniment lines to Scottish melodies, creating a new hybrid style. Some of our sets feature this hybrid compositional style, while others will present folk tunes in a more traditional performance idiom.
The New Consort:
“O Stars, Conspiring Against Me”
Brian Mummert, director
Madeline Apple Healey, Julie Bosworth, Elisa Sutherland, Nathan Hodgson, Brian Mummert, Jonathan Woody, singers
Why is it that women in art are so often the ones punished for love? O Stars, Conspiring Against Me is a meditation on women in myth, and how those stories continue to shape the portrayal of women in art to this day. The program is built around the North American digital premiere of The Turn, a piece by UK-based composer Ben Rowarth designed to be interspersed with, and thus recontextualize, Claudio Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Arianna, and is framed by works by some of Monteverdi’s female contemporaries asking, well, the same kinds of questions we are.
The MENT Consort
“A Baroque Menagerie”
June 6th, 2018 at 7pm at Bernunzio Uptown Music
122 East Ave – Free Admission
The MENT Consort from Chicago presents a fun, animal-themed program.
Hear Schmelzer’s “Cu Cu” Sonata and Biber’s “Cat, Quail, and the Frog”, along with other Baroque animals!
The Ment Consort is an early music quartet formed in Chicago in 2015 with the intention
of exploring the experimental and revolutionary music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Through
historical performances on period instruments, Ment considers how baroque composers stretched
the boundaries of the instruments, techniques, and musical genres of their time.
The members of the group consist of Kiyoe Matsuura on baroque violin, Morgan Little
on baroque cello, Jason Moy on harpsichord, and Mary Arendt, soprano voice. Ment has
collaborated with esteemed harpsichordists Alexander Weimann and Ketil Haugsand and has
presented full length programs of music from France, Italy, and Germany.