Eastman Journal: Page 38

The Songs that Inspired Renée

December 11, 2014

Renee Fleming is shown after receiving an honorary doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in February 2011. Soprano Renée Fleming (MM ’83) is constantly lauded as the pinnacle of the diverse, multifaceted, artist Eastman inspires us to be. For the “Music that Changed Me” feature in the Christmas 2014 BBC Music Magazine, she talked […]

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Introducing the Violin

December 9, 2014

Eastman Community Music School’s String, Harp, and Guitar Department invites you to join them in celebrating 2014 World Violin Day—a chance for future violinists of the world to learn about and try the most prominent instrument in the orchestra. World Violin Day will take place on Saturday, December 13, and will feature a beginning strings […]

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In Memory of Derrick Smith

November 19, 2014

Eastman was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Derrick Smith, a distinguished baritone soloist and a longtime faculty member of the Eastman Community Music School. Mr. Smith died on November 18 after a heart attack. A 1988 master’s degree recipient from the Eastman School of Music, Derrick Smith was known to Rochester audiences […]

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Triumph of the Beastmen

November 11, 2014

When not crushing opponents on the Frisbee field, the Beastmen (shown here at Fauver Stadium after their victory) are performance majors: left to right, Andrew Melchionna, tuba; Jeremy Potts, violin; Andrew Psarris, trumpet; Matt Blom, jazz trumpet; Jarryd Elias, percussion; Thomas Steigerwald, piano.  Eastman’s Ultimate Frisbee team, the Beastmen, is not very well known. We […]

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A Salute to Veterans

November 11, 2014

Over the years we at the Eastman School of Music have graduated thousands of wonderful musicians who in one respect or another have brought joy and happiness to millions through their art, but it is with greatest pride we, every once in a while, celebrate those musicians who chose to serve their country.  One of […]

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A C.P.E. Bach-anale

November 7, 2014

  This week, Eastman joins the worldwide 300th birthday celebrations for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) with daily events relating to his music. including lectures and performance of a wide variety of his keyboard sonatas and other pieces.While his music is relatively little known these days, C.P. E. (the eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach) […]

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A Trio of Lilacs in September

November 7, 2014

Three current Eastman students were invited to perform at a gala dinner preceding the performance by soprano Renee Fleming (MM ’83) opening the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season on September 12. The Lilac Piano Trio was formed in 2011 by violinist Gabrielle Monachino, an Eastman Community Music School graduate and now a student of Charles Castleman, […]

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A Knack for Sax

November 6, 2014

  Happy 200th birthday to Adolphe Sax (1814 – 1894), the Belgian musical instrument designer who invented the saxophone, which he patented on June 28, 1846. He is shown above next to a photograph of four of his surviving original instruments. In the ensuing 165 years, the saxophone has become an essential part of military […]

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Argento, from Beginning to End

October 22, 2014

Dominick Argento during a master class at Eastman in October 2004. Dominick Argento (PhD ‘58) has had a long, productive career as one of America’s best-known and most popular composers of music for the voice. That career began in the 1950s at Eastman, and continued through 14 operas and many vocal works that won him […]

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Fennell-ebration!

October 21, 2014

  On Friday, October 17 and on Sunday, October 19, during Eastman Weekend 2014, the community, students, faculty, and visiting alumni were invited to two auspicious occasions celebrating our late, great Eastman Wind Ensemble director and founder, Frederick Fennell.  The Friday afternoon session started with EWE director Mark Scatterday speaking about Fennell’s influence on him […]

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