Backstage Pass featuring Michael Burritt

Fri, 01/16/2009 - 1:00pm

Michael Burritt

On the next Backstage Pass, host Julia Figueras welcomes the new Percussion Chair at the Eastman School of Music, Michael Burritt, who will perform with students past and present in WXXI's Studio E. Backstage Pass with Michael Burritt airs Friday, January 16 at 1 p.m. and repeats Sunday, January 18 at 2 p.m. on Classical 91.5/90.3/HD 91.5-1.

Having performed on four continents and nearly forty states, Michael Burritt is one of the world's leading percussion soloists. He is in frequent demand performing concert tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada. Burritt has extensive chamber and orchestral experience and has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Chicago Symphony, The Rembrandt Players, and the The Penninsula Music Festival Orchestra. He is also active as a composer, with two concertos to his credit, numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion, as well as two books of etudes.

Michael Burritt is currently Professor of Percussion and head of the department at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Prior to his appointment at Eastman Mr. Burritt was Professor of Percussion at Northwestern University from 1995-2008 where he developed a program of international distinction. Mr. Burritt received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees, as well as the prestigious Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Backstage Pass
is a live, hour-long radio series that is committed to highlighting performing artists– giving Classical 91.5/90.3 listeners the opportunity to hear local and visiting musicians performing live. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the Gouvernet Arts Fund at Rochester Area Community Foundation.