A multiyear commissioning project that is modeled after
Cher’s decades-long farewell tours, Kurt Rohde’s Farewell
Tour—Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6—commissions new works
by the most gifted composers who, Rohde feels, are
underrepresented and deserve a wider audience, while also
broadening the repertoire for viola. His project’s anticipated
year of completion is 2028, at which time he will retire from
playing in performance and donate his instrument to some
talented whippersnapper who wants to play viola.
Joy S. Shinkoskey was the mother of Deborah Pinkerton and
mother-in-law to Bret Hewitt. They established an endowment to
support noon concerts and musical performances in the UC Davis
Department of Music.
Joy S. Shinkoskey (Pinkerton)
Mother of four children, including Deborah Pinkerton, Joy
Shinkoskey was in her younger years a model and played the
piano which is where she developed her love of music, playing
Beethoven piano works in the Spokane Music Festival, 1940, and
throughout her life.