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OPERA PROVIDES SURPRISING CULTURAL EXPLORATION FOR YOUNG JAPANESE STUDENTS

October 21, 2005

TOKYO — In his wildest dreams, Mozart probably never would have imagined young Japanese students singing arias in Italian from his opera Don Giovanni. But on October 7 — under the guidance of their American music director, Todd Lowery — 32 fourth-grade students from the English immersion school, the Gunma Kokusai Academy (GKA), were featured […]

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PULITZER PRIZE WINNER’S OPERA GETS ROCHESTER DEBUT

October 19, 2005

Rochester, NY — Eastman Opera Theatre kicks off its 2005-2006 season with a production of Claudia Legare, an adventurous opera composed by Eastman alumnus, Robert Ward. Ward, who garnered a Pulitzer Prize in 1962 for his opera The Crucible, is excited to see Eastman School of Music’s acclaimed opera program produce Claudia Legare . The […]

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WARREN BENSON, EASTMAN PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF COMPOSITION, DIES AT AGE 81

October 12, 2005

The Eastman School was saddened to learn of the recent death of Warren Benson, Professor Emeritus of Composition, at the age of 81. Born in 1924, and a professional performer by the age of 14, Warren Benson played timpani in the Detroit Symphony orchestra under Ormandy, Reiner, Goossens, Bernstein, and others while an undergraduate at […]

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EASTMAN COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL GETS A NEW HOME

October 10, 2005

Rochester, NY – Martin E. Messinger may not have been a stellar student when he took piano lessons at the Eastman Preparatory Department in the early 1940’s, but that hasn’t stopped him from ensuring the school’s continued success. On October 22, 2005, 10 Gibbs Street will be renamed Messinger Hall in honor of the Rochester […]

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EASTMAN’S JAZZ SHOWCASE RAISES MORE THAN $1,000

September 28, 2005

Rochester, NY — On Friday, September 23, 2005, more than 400 people filled the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall to attend the School’s annual Jazz Showcase. This year, however, the students in the concert’s ten ensembles decided to turn the free event into a benefit for a specific group of Hurricane Katrina victims: jazz […]

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EASTMAN SCHOOL'S RARE ANTIQUE ORGAN WILL RESOUND AT LAST

September 26, 2005

Rochester, NY — After years of painstaking preparation on two continents — including two-and-a-half months in its new home at the Memorial Art Gallery — the only full-sized Italian Baroque organ in North America will make its highly anticipated public debut. On Saturday, October 8, 2005, audiences will finally hear what is “virtually a ‘living […]

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"PIANO MAN" BILLY JOEL ENDOWS NEW SCHOLARSHIP AT THE EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC

September 19, 2005

ROCHESTER, NY — The Eastman School of Music just has announced a new scholarship by multiple Grammy-award winning musician and entertainer Billy Joel, and the worthy recipient is 33-year old Eastman doctoral student Russell Scarbrough. The Billy Joel Endowment Fund has given Eastman a generous gift of $320,000.  The majority of that gift ($314,000) will […]

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EASTMAN JAZZ SHOWCASE TO BENEFIT THE BIRTHPLACE OF JAZZ

September 15, 2005

Rochester, NY – Students in the Eastman School of Music’s jazz programs responded to the Hurricane Katrina tragedy with a special perspective-after all, New Orleans is known as the Birthplace of Jazz. The Eastman students decided to turn their annual free Eastman Jazz Showcase into a benefit, with a suggested donation of $5. They chose […]

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WHEN IT COMES TO HEART, EASTMAN SCHOOL IS RIGHT IN TUNE

September 9, 2005

ROCHESTER, NY — What a difference a weekend can make. Between midnight on Friday, September 2 and noon on Monday, September 5, hundreds of miles north of the flood-ravaged Gulf Coast, musical voices with big hearts at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music transformed grief and frustration into tangible action for three New […]

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THE INTRINSIC POWER OF MUSIC, TODAY

September 1, 2005

Call this the “connect-the dots” Convocation message. Over the past five months, I encountered three seemingly unrelated items that have oddly come together to form a potent message. One, I served on a panel at the annual conference of the American Symphony Orchestra League (with two other dynamic speakers) on the topic of “Making the […]

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