Eastman Journal

From Kameron to Courtier: How an Eastman Opera Student Develops His Role in Massenet’s “Cendrillon”

March 30, 2017

By Kameron Ghanavati Massenet’s Cendrillon is coming together quickly here at Eastman. Stage assistants, costume designers, lighting designers, singers, the orchestra, and opera staff are hard at work preparing for the upcoming two-week marathon of technical rehearsals. The process, however, has been ongoing since rehearsals began in December. At that point, the creative process was […]

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The Eastman Audio Research Center Heads to the Memorial Art Gallery with an “Orchestra of Loudspeakers”

March 28, 2017

The Roto-Twist, an “intriguiing object” in the Eastman Moblle Acousmonium. All photographs by Oliver Schneller. By Erik Elmgren The Eastman Audio Research Center, formerly the Eastman Computer Music Center, has been pushing the boundaries of electroacoustic music study since their rebranding earlier this year. Their next project, the “Eastman Mobile Acousmonium” or EMA for short, […]

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Sound, Mind and Body: Alan Harris’ New Summer Cello Institute

March 28, 2017

Eastman Cello Institute faculty: Alan Harris, Kathleen Kemp, Cora Swenson Lee by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator Distinguished Professor Alan Harris knows a thing or two about longevity at the cello: he has been performing and teaching at celebrated universities and music festivals virtually non-stop since 1959. He first arrived at Eastman in 1965, performing […]

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A Finely Crafted Cinderella Story: Eastman Opera’s Benton Hess on the Music of Massenet’s “Cendrillon”

March 27, 2017

Eastman Opera Theatre’s spring production is something of a rarity: Cendrillon, a retelling of the Cinderella story by Jules Massenet. This opera by the popular composer of Manon and Werther was a great success at its 1899 premiere, but gradually fell out of the repertoire. In recent years it has made a comeback; the Metropolitan […]

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A Passion for Bach

March 22, 2017

Conductor David Chin and his distinguished composer friend The 332nd birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach was earlier this week, but you can celebrate it this weekend with a performance of Bach’s grandest work, the Saint Matthew Passion. The concert, which brings together more than 40 Eastman students and recent graduates, was coordinated by, and will […]

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Making Connections: Summer at Eastman High School and Middle School Programs

March 17, 2017

Participants in a 2014 Music Horizons recital by Jennifer Watson and Shaya Greathouse, Eastman Community Music School As winter winds down, many middle and high school musicians are considering their summer options—where will they attend a camp or festival this year? With whom will they perform or study? How can they prepare for college? Every […]

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Snazzy Sonatas and Revolutionary Attitudes: Celebrating Women in Music

March 3, 2017

Amy Beach, one of many American composers featured in A Century of Women in Music As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote in the New York State, the “All Stars” from the studio of Eastman Professor of Piano Tony Caramia will be presenting a special concert […]

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“Votes for Women!” Two Eastman Concerts Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State

March 2, 2017

Women voting in New York City, 1917 One hundred years ago (and three years before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S Constitution), New York State granted universal suffrage to women. Western New York was one of the cradles of the women’s rights movement with the Seneca Falls Conference of 1848 and the […]

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“A new and colorful palette of sounds”: An interview with Roomful of Teeth’s Martha Cluver

February 27, 2017

Martha Cluver, photograph by Dashon Burton By Dan Gross Tonight, Eastman hosts the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, performing at Kilbourn Hall. One of the members of the group, Martha Cluver, is an Eastman graduate, who shared information about the group’s beginning and her own journey from viola playing to professional singing. Tell us […]

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Training the Tenors (and Baritones, and Basses): Vocal Pedagogy at Eastman this Summer

February 17, 2017

Robert Swensen with three of his tenor students, after the students won the 2015 NATS auditions (L-R: Henry Benson, Nathanial Bear and Patrick Kelly). by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator Eastman voice professors Robert Swensen and Kathryn Cowdrick have created a brand-new workshop for Summer@Eastman 2017: Schubert to Sondheim: Pedagogy for the Male Voice (July […]

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