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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

Beata Golec in Concert "Embracing and Enjoying Modernity"

post by Cathy DeBellis in artist, concert, Piano, recital

GCC's own Beata Golec will be performing piano music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including original compositions.  Dr. Golec improvises, playing not only on the keyboard but also inside the piano using other objects such as paper and hardware-a technique first introduced by Henry Cowell and John Cage.  Tickets:$8/$5/$3 may be purchased online at boxoffice@genesee.edu, by pone at 345-6814 or in person at the GCC Box Office.

Event Date and Time

April 12, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:44 am

Batavia music prodigies to perform at GCC Sunday

post by Daniel Crofts in GCC, Irrera brothers, music, Piano

For John and Joseph Irrera, it all started with an owl who liked to play the saxophone and a little boy who signed up to play the violin without telling his parents.

Joseph and John graduated from Batavia High School in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and since then they have had a quite successful run as a piano-violin duo. On Sunday, they will kick off the "Irrera Brothers Chamber Music Series" at GCC.

The piano is Joseph's instrument of choice. He has been playing since he was 5 years old, and his love for the piano began with, of all things, the saxophone.

"I always watched 'Sesame Street,' " he said, "and there was an owl character who played the saxophone. So I wanted to play the saxophone, too."

Joseph's parents took him to Roxy's Music Store for lessons, only to learn that he was too young for wind instrument lessons.

"(The teachers at Roxy's) suggested starting with the piano," Joseph said. "I wasn't interested. But my parents -- especially my dad -- convinced me. They said that if I started with the piano I would have a good foundation, learn how to read music and get to know rhythm. And then when I actually started to learn the saxophone, it would be much easier."

And he never looked back.

"I started to play the saxophone in fourth grade and continued through high school," he said, "but it never felt like the piano did to me."

Five years later, his little brother John, a first-grader at John Kennedy Elementary School, signed up to play a string instrument.

"(He did it) on his own," Joseph said.

After Christmas, John's mother got a surprise call from string instructor Cindy Baldwin, who said that a spot had opened up for the violin.

And the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Joseph and John are both currently studying for their doctorates in Piano Performance and Violin Performance, respectively, at the Eastman School of Music.

They have an impressive repertoire as a performing piano-violin duo that includes frequent performances on the radio station WXXI 91.5 (they will be featured in a noon performance on Wednesday), two performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City (one in 2009, the other in March 2012) and a 10-day tour in Costa Rica in August.

According to Joseph, the piano and violin are "the best pair you can have."

"The great thing about the piano is that it can provide both melody and harmony underneath," he said. "And then the violin is one of the most vocal instruments. It can emote a lot. So they complement each other very nicely. It has been a very popular arrangement to compose for over the centuries and has an extensive repertoire."

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Monday, June 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Piano Accompanist

post by Ric Jones in batavia, music, Piano

Company Name

Genesee Chorale

Job Type


The Genesee Chorale (Batavia, NY), a 70-75 member chorus seeks a pianist to serve as accompanist for rehearsals and performances. We rehearse each Monday evening in Batavia, NY from 7:00-9:00 PM.

Our performance seasons run from September to December and January to May.  The choir does not meet during the summer months.  Each performance season includes one to two major performances.  Occasionally smaller outreach performances are scheduled in advance as well. Recent repertoire includes music by Schubert, Mozart, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Randall Thompson, as well as a variety of shorter choral pieces. For more information about the choir please visit www.GeneseeChorale.com.

Please email your resume and contact information (including email and phone number) for three references, and a brief statement of interest to the Genesee Chorale (info@geneseechorale.com) by June 29, 2012. 
Applicants will be contacted after July 6th, and interviews and auditions will be scheduled in July/August.

Required qualifications:
Experience with choral accompanying.

Excellent sight-reading skills.
Ability to read open score.
Experience playing for a conductor.
Ability to run occasional sectionals during the regular rehearsal time.

Professional, yet pleasant attitude.

Preferred qualifications:
Ability as an organist.


$50 per service (rehearsal and performance)


Friday, August 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Astin-Weight Piano

post by Marlene Morris in Oak Wood, Piano, Roxy's Music Store

This is oak, hand rubbed American made piano comes with the bench.  The Astin_Weight Company is located in Utah and is one of the few piano companies left in the USA.  This piano sounds like a baby grand.  It is called an 'upright baby grand' because of its' sounding board location.  It has been well taken care of, in excellent condition and was always regularly tuned!  Piano tuners love tuning it and will give you a mini concert!

You can see and test this piano at Roxy's Music Store at 228 W. Main Street, Batavia, NY.  Original price was over $6000.  Firm asking price is $3500.  

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