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A MUSICAL TRIP AROUND THE WORLD

July 3, 2006

ROCHESTER, NY — The world may seem a little smaller this month when the Eastman School of Music presents three concerts of music from around the globe. Mandolins, dulcimers, drums, flutes and gongs will resonate along Gibbs Street in a series of concerts that highlight some of the world’s most beautiful and engaging musical traditions. […]

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THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER

June 23, 2006

ROCHESTER, NY — The Eastman School of Music’s concert halls will ring with the music of many countries and a host of outstanding artists for an exciting six weeks of summer concerts, beginning June 26 and continuing through August 5. The School will present approximately 50 concerts and performances as part of its annual Summer […]

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SING YOUR HEART OUT THIS SUMMER

June 15, 2006

ROCHESTER, NY — The Eastman School of Music invites singers of all ages and ability levels to take part in Eastman Summer Sings. The series of choral music reading sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 27; Tuesday, July 11; Friday, July 21; and Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful, air-conditioned Kilbourn […]

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EASTMAN PROFESSOR OF MUSICOLOGY RECEIVES NEH GRANT

June 14, 2006

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Ralph P. Locke, professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester recently received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for assistance in writing a book, which explores the influence of “exotic lands and peoples in Western music.” The book, tentatively titled, “The Exotic in […]

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COMPOSERS AND ORCHESTRAL MUSICIANS — CAN THEY PROGRESS TOWARD GREATER HARMONY?

June 6, 2006

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—For the typical orchestra, commissioning, acquiring, rehearsing and performing contemporary concert music is a complex process—it’s more expensive to produce, requires longer rehearsal time and is harder to sell to established audiences, which leads to a disconnect between professional orchestral musicians and composers. Why does this disconnect exist? Does it have to be this […]

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AN ARTISTIC DIALOG

May 23, 2006

Rochester, NY — One of the most intriguing friendships in music history existed between composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. What began as a teacher-pupil relationship blossomed into 30 years of deep friendship, mutual respect, and rich exchange of ideas. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the death of Weinberg and the 100th anniversary […]

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ALAN "BUZ" KOHAN, EMMY-WINNING WRITER, COMPOSER, LYRICIST AND PRODUCER ADDRESSES GRADUATING CLASS

May 23, 2006

The following address was delivered by Alan "Buz" Kohan (BM ’55, MM ’56), after he was presented with Eastman’s Alumni Achievement Award. Thank you very much for this honor. Many years ago, I wrote a line for George Burns in a television special. He was 95 years old at the time and the line went, […]

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ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND MASTER'S DEGREE STUDENTS SET FOR SUNDAY, MAY 21

May 18, 2006

The Eastman School of Music 81st annual commencement ceremony for undergraduate and master’s degree students will begin at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, May 21 at the Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. (The doctoral commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20.) More than 200 students will receive their degrees. Commencement Speaker Alan […]

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS: THE REALITIES OF ORCHESTRAL LIFE

May 12, 2006

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Winning a position within a professional orchestra is the goal of many instrumental music performance majors. But what happens after they win? Are expectations among today’s students comparable to expectations from five, 10, or 20 years ago? Do today’s professionals feel they were adequately prepared to deal with the realities of working as a […]

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STUDENT SAXOPHONE QUARTET WINS TWO PRESTIGIOUS COMPETITIONS

May 11, 2006

Rochester, N.Y. — The ViM Saxophone Quartet — composed of Eastman juniors Kristin Rarick, Michael Matlock, Dimitrios Kostaras, and Richard Miserendino — has recently won two major chamber music competitions of national repute: the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association Competition in Notre Dame, Indiana, and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition in Austin, Texas. […]

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