Eastman Journal: Page 38

The Next Stage for A Soprano

July 25, 2014

Soprano Renee Fleming (MM ’83) has performed on plenty of stages across the world, but always to musical accompaniment. Last week she took a vacation from the worlds of concerts and opera to make her dramatic debut in a new comedy, Living on Love, which premiered at the Williamstown (MA) Theater Festival on July 16. […]

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Saturday Morning Serenades at Eastman this Fall

July 18, 2014

A touch of fall in our July weather helps to bring thoughts of chamber music to Eastman. Our popular Morning Chamber Music series will help start our fall 2014 semester with a line up of beautiful but rarely-heard masterworks by Beethoven, Dvorak, and others, The series begins on September 20 with the Eastman Brass playing […]

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Kodak Moment #160

July 11, 2014

This Saturday is a true Kodak Moment: the 160th birthday of George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak Company, the Eastman School of Music (of course), and many other great things about Rochester, who was born July 12, 1854 — not in Rochester, but near Utica, New York. You can read a biography (with plenty […]

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A Never-Ending Song

July 10, 2014

  One of the legendary teachers and performers in Eastman’s history, the great American mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani, was born on this day in 1933. When she came to Eastman in 1975, DeGaetani was highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary music, including masterworks by Schoenberg, Varese, Carter, and Crumb. By the time of her death […]

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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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