H. Michael and Barbara Easton, Co-Chairs of the Genesee Community College Foundation's Encore 2003 have announced the social and musical programs for this year's holiday events. Encore is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the College's Batavia Campus. Mr. and Mrs. Easton also announced that the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which will perform a special holiday concert that evening, would be conducted by Andrew Bisantz, one of the nation's rising conductors.
Encore 2003 will feature a number of innovations, according to the Easton's. These include live music in the William W. Stuart Forum following the RPO concert. "We heard that most people enjoyed the social time before the concert, and so we decided to add social time after the concert as well," Mr. Easton said.
The Encore Committee has also arranged what Mr. Easton calls "a few surprises" during the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert. "The music will be wonderful, and we had a lot of input into the selection of pieces this year," he said. "But the Committee wanted to be sure the performance was especially lively, so we worked with the RPO to add some special entertainment and audience participation."
Maestro Andrew Bisantz is the youngest student in history to be awarded the Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He currently serves as resident Assistant Conductor and Education Manager of Florida Grand Opera in Miami, and is also a faculty member at Florida International University. He has roots in Western New York: he was born in Buffalo and earned his bachelor's degree from State University College of New York at Fredonia.
Encore 2003 begins at 6:00 p.m. December 11 with a gourmet reception in the William W. Stuart Forum. The concert begins at 7:45 p.m. and is expected to conclude at about 9:15 p.m. Guests will then walk back to the Forum for music, desserts, and beverages. A small number of tickets are still available at $85 each. Patron tickets, which carry a listing in the Encore program, are $95.
The musical program for the evening includes Anderson's A Christmas Festival, several pieces by Tchaikovsky, Reed's Russian Christmas Music, Haydn's Toy Symphony in C major, and many other pieces.
The event helps the Genesee Community College Foundation fund student scholarships. Last year, the Foundation funded 512 scholarships and grants totaling $234,567. "This is what Encore is all about," Mr. Easton said. "It's a beautiful evening, but the best part of Encore is the realization that we're making education possible for deserving students, and enriching our community's future in the process."