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Harpy Hour, May 22nd

 Join host Grace Browning, RPO Principal Harpist on Friday, May 22 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the fifth in a series of Harpy Hours LIVE onWXXI's Facebook page. In this Harpy Hour, Grace will be joined by Jeff Tyzik, Grammy Award winner, conductor, arrranger and composer; Juliana Athayde, Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Erik Behr, Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; and Rosanna Moore, harpist and actress.

Harpy Hour is an online, virtual series that presents live musical performances, special guests, great conversation, trivia, and a featured establishment/local beverage! This week's featured local establishment and guest is Wendy Wilson of Leonard Oakes Estates Winery and Lynoaken Farms.



More about your Harpy Hour Host

Grace Browning
Grace Browning

Grace Browning is RPO Principal Harpist. An avid opera harpist, Grace performed four seasons as Principal Harpist with the Dallas Opera and continues to perform with the Santa Fe Opera for their summer season. She has also performed regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and, most notably, with the Houston Symphony Orchestra as Guest Principal Harpist during their 2017-2018 season and European tour. Grace attended the Eastman School of Music from 2005 to 2007, received her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in 2009, and finished her education at The Juilliard School, where she received her masters degree in 2011. She is also a New World Symphony Alum. To learn more about Grace visit her website by clicking here.

More about the artists:

  Jeff Tyzik: Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America's most innovative and sought after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 23rd season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Frequently invited as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with over fifty orchestras including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


  Juliana Athayde: Appointed concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra 2005 at age twenty-four, Juliana Athayde became the youngest person to hold the position since the orchestra’s inception in 1922.  She has appeared as guest concertmaster for the Houston, San Diego, Kansas City, Santa Barbara Symphonies as well as the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario.  Prior to joining the RPO, Athayde was concertmaster of the Canton (OH) and Plymouth (MI) Symphonies. In 2002, she served as concertmaster of the New York String Seminar under the direction of Jaime Laredo for concerts at Carnegie Hall. For five years, she was a member of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis and she has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra in the United States and Europe.  A fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School for six years, Athayde was awarded the prestigious Dorothy DeLay fellowship in 2005 and was subsequently invited to return in 2010 to deliver the festival’s convocation speech.

Athayde's numerous solo appearances with the RPO have covered a wide range of composers from Mozart and Brahms to Barber and Prokofiev as well as the 2010 premiere of Allen Shawn’s violin concerto, commissioned by the RPO and specifically written for Ms. Athayde.  She has also performed as a soloist with the Asheville, Canton, Diablo, Fayetteville, Flint, Mid-Texas, New Bedford, Palo Alto, Plymouth and Wyoming Symphony Orchestras.  A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Athayde made her solo debut at the age of 16 performing with the San Francisco Symphony.  She has been praised by critics for her “power and precision”, “melting lyricism”, and “larger than life” performances.  In demand as a chamber musician locally and nationally, she has collaborated with artists including Michael Tilson Thomas, Joseph Silverstein, Jon Nakamatsu, William Preucil, Jon Kimura Parker, Anton Nel, Orion Weiss and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.  Together with her husband, RPO principal oboist Erik Behr, Athayde is Artistic Director of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester.

A passionate educator, Athayde is an Associate Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music, a Visiting Teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and previously served as a Visiting Professor at Cornell University.  Recently named a Distinguished Member of Sigma Alpha Iota and presented with the 2012 University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Emerging Artist Alumni Award, Ms. Athayde also received the Albert A. Stanley Award, the school’s highest undergraduate honor, upon graduating from the University of Michigan where she studied with Paul Kantor.  Completing her graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil, she is the first graduate of CIM’s Concertmaster Academy. She spends her summers performing with her husband at San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho.  Athayde performs on a 1948 Celeste Farotte violin and a J.B. Vuilliaume bow.

  Erik Behr: Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007, Erik Behr was previously Principal Oboe of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet. Behr has performed as guest principal with the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony. During the summer he performs with his wife, RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde, at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra as principal oboe. Other festival appearances include the Edinburgh International, Casals, Maribor and Spoleto festivals.

In addition to numerous other concerto appearances, Behr performed the world premiere of Allen Shawn’s oboe concerto in 2018, commissioned for Behr and the RPO. Together with his wife, he is Artistic Director of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester and in 2017 he performed the world premiere of 2017 Guggenheim Fellow Adam Roberts’ oboe quartet, commissioned for Behr and SCMR. His playing has been praised by critics as “bold and graceful” (Washington Post), “immaculate” (Sunday Tribune), singled out for “tremendous musicianship and sense of style” (Irish Examiner), and for “ease and eloquence” (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle).

Currently Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College, he also been a guest oboe teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Rice University, the National Orchestral Institute and Carnegie Hall’s NYO-USA. Behr has served on the oboe faculty at the University of Houston and was a visiting lecturer at Cornell University. He received a B.M. (cum laude) at Arizona State University, M.M. from Temple University, and D.M.A. from Rice University. His principal teachers include Robert Atherholt, Richard Woodhams, and Martin Schuring.

  Rosanna Moore: A quirky and engaging performer, harpist and actress Rosanna Moore is quickly making a name for herself as an innovative performer and storyteller. As a musician, she performs with a number of ensembles such as Ensemble Signal, Rochester Philharmonic, Lake George Music Festival, Slee Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and all around NY state and beyond, as well as with her chamber ensembles Sticks&Strings, Trio Alexander and Hats+Heels. Internationally, she has been featured as a soloist with festivals such as the Sentmenat International Harp Festival (Spain) and the Dutch Harp Festival (The Netherlands). As an actress she works as a narrator and voiceover artist, often combining the two art forms wherever possible. Rosanna is a self professed professional composer collector. Her passion for new music has lead to a collection of new concerti, solo and chamber works. One upcoming project will be a new concerto for the Electric Delta Harp written by Grammy Award Winner DJ Sparr. She is also a harpist and advisor for The Future Blend Project. In addition to performing, Rosanna is also Professor of Harp at Nazareth College, Harp Instructor at the Eastman Community Music School and will take up the role of Harp Instructor/ Musician in Residence at the University of Oregon in the Fall. 

Local Establishment guest:

  Wendy Wilson: Wendy is General Manager at Lynoaken Farms Inc and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery.

Mona Seghatoleslami is the Music Director, host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.