Eastman Journal

The Summer Stepping Stone

December 12, 2018

Jarod Lau. Photograph by Tyler Hayford. By Jarod Lau My experience with Summer@Eastman will forever be the most significant cornerstone in my life. It all began in the summer of 2013, when I attended Summer@Eastman’s Summer Jazz Studies and Summer Trumpet Institute. The experiences I had and the opportunities I gained were invaluable to my […]

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Maestro Neil Varon to conduct Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with Eastman’s Premiere Orchestra

November 13, 2018

The Eastman Philharmonia in rehearsal By Sarah Forestieri On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Neil Varon, conductor, and The Eastman Philharmonia present Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Kodak Hall. Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is a fantastical work that is thought to draw on elements of his life. As a result, Mahler may have subtitled […]

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Practical Composition: Student Sean Calhoun’s “Constellated Traces” Premieres Tonight

November 9, 2018

Sean Calhoun By Dan Gross Student composer Sean Calhoun is on the bill with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra (ESSO) tonight, Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Sean’s piece Constellated Traces, conducted by Garrett Wellenstein, kicks off the free Kodak Hall concert, which also includes Bartok’s Viola Concerto and Falla’s Suite No. 2 from The […]

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Celebrated American Composer Charles Wuorinen Celebrates his 80th Birthday at the Eastman School of Music

November 6, 2018

Charles Wuorinen By Sarah Forestieri Eastman welcomes one of the world’s leading composers, Charles Wuorinen, as this year’s Howard Hanson Visiting Professor of Composition. Wuorinen will be in residency at Eastman from Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16. His visit will culminate in a concert celebrating Wuorinen’s 80th birthday and featuring his compositions, on […]

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A Conversation with Ricky Ian Gordon

October 24, 2018

By Sarah Forestieri Eastman Opera Theatre (EOT) presents The Tibetan Book of the Dead, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon, and libretto by Jean-Claude Van Itallie, November 1, 2, 3, and 4 at Kilbourn Hall. This piece is one of Ricky Ian Gordon’s most personal works, coming to fruition after the loss of his partner, […]

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“Experiencing Something Three Dimensional”

October 18, 2018

Eastman Philharmonia to perform an entirely romantic program, featuring Concerto Competition winner Maria Vasilevskaya performing Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. By Sarah Forestieri Join the Eastman Philharmonia, along with conductors Neil Varon and Zeke Fetrow, on Friday, October 19, 2018 for an evening that will feature some of the most iconic works and composers […]

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Conductors Caleb Hopkins and Joseph Taff to lead the first Bach Cantatas of the Season

October 4, 2018

Conductors Caleb Hopkins (left) and Joseph Taff (right) By Sarah Forestieri and Caleb Hopkins The Eastman Bach Cantata series begins this Sunday October 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm, with BWV 48: Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlösen (Miserable Man that I Am, Who Will Free Me?), and BWV 8: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich […]

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A Priceless Percussion Experience: Eastman Percussion Group Performs in China

September 27, 2018

Late this summer, the Eastman Percussion Group played before a large audience at Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts. By Jessica Kaufman While many of Eastman’s distinguished faculty members have the privilege of traveling internationally to perform at various large-scale festivals and conferences, it is a special professor who brings his current and former students […]

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Double Treat: Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and Eastman Philharmonia take on a Cosmopolitan Program led by Maestro Neil Varon

September 21, 2018

Neil Varon conducting the Eastman Philharmonia By Sarah Forestieri On Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia will be presenting an eclectic program taking the audience on a journey to Italy, France, and Austria, all led by Maestro Neil Varon. No matter where your tastes lie, […]

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Facing Challenges and Dreaming Dreams: Q&A with Five New Eastman Faculty Members

September 11, 2018

By Jessica Kaufman Five new full-time faculty members joined Eastman this semester, and we are introducing them by asking each of them three questions: Where do you see music moving in the future, and what are the current challenges of the classical music world? What is your top priority in educating the next generation of […]

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