Eastman Journal: Page 38

Sound Off for Frederick Fennell’s Centenary!

July 2, 2014

  We wish a rousing 100th anniversary to Frederick Fennell (1914-2004), the founder of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, who was born 100 years ago today. A birthday so close to July 4 is very appropriate for a conductor who performed great services for American music and American composers through his concerts and recordings, which range […]

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Happy Birthday, Igor!

June 17, 2014

Today is the 132nd birthday of one of the greatest 20th-century composers, Igor Stravinsky. Besides being one of the greatest composers, he was one of the most-traveled, living in pre-Soviet Russia, in Paris, and in the United States and traveling just about everywhere else in the world as a guest composer, pianist, and conductor. In […]

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Eastman’s Dett to Carnegie Hall

May 12, 2014

Large-scale, rediscovered works by two composers with ties to Eastman were performed in Carnegie Hall’s recent (and unfortunately its last) “Spring for Music” Festival, dedicated to innovative concerts by North American orchestras. Last Tuesday night, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman Rochester Chorus, Bach Children’s Chorus of Nazareth College, and many soloists – about 250 performers […]

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Puritans invade Carnegie Hall

May 7, 2014

  The vengeful Puritans of Howard Hanson’s opera Merry Mount — as embodied by the Eastman-Rochester Chorus — take the stage of Carnegie Hall tonight, along with soloists,the Nazareth Bach Children’s Chorus, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, all led by Michael Christie. (They shown here in last month’s performance in Kodak Hall.) Merry Mount is […]

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Spontaneous Composition

April 29, 2014

Celebrate International Jazz Day on Wednesday, April 30, with a great concert that will bring Eastman faculty members and students to perform music you’ve never heard before – and neither have they, since every note will be improvised, created on the spot. Spontaneous Duos is presented by the Eastman Community Music School and the Institute […]

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American Salutes

April 29, 2014

After the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s concert tomorrow night, the group, under its director Mark Davis Scatterday, will record the major part of the program: three works by alumnus Jeff Tyzik, with soloists Mark Kellogg and Michael Burritt.. This continues more than 60 years of commitment by the EWE to American music and composers, starting with […]

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A Jeff Tyzik Trilogy

April 25, 2014

  Jeff Tyzik, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, is also an Eastman grad (BM ’73, MM ’77). A prolific composer, Jeff pays tribute to a number of “Eastman Legends” in his recent work Trilogy on Themes by Howard Hanson, which will be performed by the Eastman Wind Ensemble next Wednesday night, April 30,at […]

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Remembrance Through Music

April 25, 2014

Eastman joins in the worldwide observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) on Sunday, April 27, with A Time to Remember …, a concert of chamber music by, or inspired by, composers who were interned in concentration camps during World War II. Conceived by Associate Professor of Violin Renee Jolles, who also performs in the […]

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Challenges Surmounted

April 17, 2014

Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount is a challenging opera to bring off, but the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra did just that last week (April 10 and 12) in its concert version, with help from Eastman forces including the Eastman Rochester Chorus, Eastman Chorale, and several soloists chosen from recent graduates and current students. Conductor Michael Christie of […]

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We love you, Conrad and Charles!

April 11, 2014

April 14 is the 54th anniversary of the opening of Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway in 1960 – the first musical composed by Eastman alumnus Charles Strouse (BM ’47). Strouse went on to compose such hits as Golden Boy, Applause, and Annie, not to mention the theme song from TV’s All in the Family, and […]

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