June 27, 2013

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For Media Only: Helene Snihur (585-274-1057, hsnihur@esm.rochester.edu)

‘Eastman Summer Sings’ Series Explores Choral Masterpieces

Singers of all ages and abilities are again invited to take part in “Eastman Summer Sings,” the popular Eastman-Rochester Chorus series of choral music reading sessions.  Now marking its 19th season under director William Weinert, professor of conducting and director of choral activities at the Eastman School of Music, the series begins Tuesday, July 2, with subsequent sessions on July 9 and 16, and the final installment of “Summer Sings” taking place on Thursday, July 25. All sessions will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall.

The series offers the Rochester community the opportunity to perform choral masterworks with Eastman faculty, Eastman students, and outstanding soloists from the area. Hundreds of Rochesterians have participated in these relaxed and engaging singing experiences through the years.

Scores are provided at the door. The sessions are free, with a $5 suggested donation, and refreshments are also provided. The 2013 schedule of works, soloists, and conductors for this annual tradition features:

Tuesday, July 2: Beethoven, Mass in C; Natasha Drake, soprano; Allyn VanDusen, mezzo soprano; Dan McInerney, tenor; and Thomas Lehman, bass; Lee Wright, conductor.

Tuesday, July 9: Mendelssohn, Elijah; Abra Bush, soprano; Allyn van Dusen, alto; Matthew Swensen, tenor; Derrick Smith, baritone; William Weinert, conductor.

Tuesday, July 16: Haydn, The Creation; Elizabeth Phillips, soprano; Pablo Bustos, tenor; Derrick Smith, baritone; Michael Ruhling, conductor, with the Eastman Community Music School Summer Orchestra.

Thursday, July 25: Brahms, A German Requiem; Natasha Drake, soprano; Thomas Lehman, baritone; featuring guest conductors from the Eastman Choral Institute.

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