THURSDAY, DEC 4 @ 12PM | JS415
JAMES J. PELLERITE, flute
Professor of Flute from 1957-1987
Jacobs School of Music
MURRAY GRODNER, double bass
Professor of Double Bass from 1955-1986
Jacobs School of Music
A unique opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and experience of two world-renowned performers, teachers, and entrepreneurs.
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Open to all JSoM Students | Limit: 20
Lunch sandwiches will be available for all!
JAMES J. PELLERITE
Since leaving academia, Pellerite, has pursued a new career – that of performing contemporary music on the Native American flute. He has inspired beautiful compositions by an impressive roster of outstanding musicians. His company, Zalo/JP-Publications, produces an important catalog of scores featuring a wide selection of orchestral, chamber and solo works by living composers who share his vision of bringing the Northern Plains instrument firmly into the 21st century. As a soloist with orchestra, he has recorded some of these new compositions with the National Polish Radio Symphony (David Oberg, conductor) and the Moravian Philharmonic (Lawrence Golan, conductor). His performances of other repertoire are included on CDs by Azica, Albany Records and Centaur Records.
As a performer on the modern flute, Pellerite is well-known as an orchestral musician. He succeeded his renowned teacher, William Kincaid, as solo flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has held the position of principal flute also with the symphony orchestras of Detroit and Indianapolis, and has performed with many other leading ensembles, including the Chautauqua Symphony(NY), Radio City Music Hall (NYC), L’Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, and Minnesota under the batons of such legendary conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals, Neville Mariner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski and Bruno Walter; with Igor Stravinsky conducting, Pellerite also recorded his Octet for Winds. During much of his career as a classical flutist and artist teacher, he has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and abroad. Numerous residencies have included tours to Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China.
His first orchestral position was in 1941, with the New Opera Orchestra under conductor Antal Dorati. He has performed with such organizations as the Ballet Russe from 1941-1942, the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner (Assistant Principal) from 1942-3 and 1946-8, the Houston Symphony (Principal) from 1948-50, and the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini from 1950-54.
Grodner was the president and founder of Lemur Music, a company that served double bassists worldwide with a comprehensive catalog of music, books, recordings, and videos. He is the author of several publications, including the books for the Double Bass and A Double Bassist’s Guide to Refining Performance Practice.