Eastman Journal: Page 40

The Bassist at the Ballet

January 24, 2014

  Next weekend, Eastman double bass professor and string department co-chair James Van Demark can be heard in an unusual venue: playing his bass onstage with members of the Rochester City Ballet in the premiere of InCantation, a dance piece choreographed by Jamey Leverett to music by Adrienne Elisha. All three artists will discuss their […]


Music for a Saturday Morning

January 17, 2014

Eastman evenings are always filled with music, but we offer concerts during the daytime too. Tomorrow morning at 11, our Morning Chamber Music Series offers piano trios by Haydn and Mozart with a difference — they’ll be performed on “period” piano (known as a fortepiano), violin, and cello. The term “period” denotes instruments constructed and […]


Low Strings, Attached

January 14, 2014

“Low strings” are in the spotlight this week at Eastman, performing old music and up-to-the-minute music. Eastman’s Viol Consort, which plays string instruments that are the Renaissance and Baroque forerunners of the viola, cello, and bass, performs a concert of 18th-century music on Thursday, January 16 at the Memorial Art Gallery, joined by the Italian […]


Spring 2014 ENCORE! is now available

January 13, 2014

  Spring semester classes start today at Eastman — and spring semester concerts and recitals have already started! You can keep up with our busy performance calendar by picking up a copy of Encore!, available in the Main Hall and at the Concert Office. Highlights of the coming semester include Leon Fleisher and the Ying […]


Remembering William Warfield (1920-2002)

January 7, 2014

This Sunday, January 12, Eastman presents its annual William Warfield Scholarship Fund Scholarship Concert, featuring soprano Joel Dyson, an Eastman senior who has won this scholarship two years in a row. The Warfield Scholarship Fund, founded in 1977, provides financial aid to talented, deserving voice students who attend Eastman. It also serves as a reminder […]


Happy Birthday, Ludwig!

December 16, 2013

  Today, December 16, is an important date in any music school: the birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (his 243rd, to be exact). Beethoven’s music has always occupied a central place at Eastman; to celebrate the great day, here is a video about the 2012 Eastman Rochester Chorus performance of one of Beethoven’s greatest works, […]


Heavenly Sounds

December 13, 2013

    World music ensembles have been part of Eastman’s offerings since 1993, when the Balinese gamelan ensemble Lila Muni (Heavenly Sound) was formed. A gamelan (pictured on the top) is a communal percussion orchestra native to Bali, which often accompanies dancing or other performance. In 2004, Eastman started its own Zimbabwean mbira ensemble, Mbira dze […]


Eastman’s Jonathan Wintringham on “Performance Today”

December 6, 2013

Saxophonist Jonathan Wintringham, a master’s degree student of Chien-Kwan Lin and assistant director of the Eastman Saxophone Project, was featured during the week of November 20 as a Young Artist in Residence on the American Public Media program Performance Today. He performed music by Bariller, Grieg, and Djupstrom, and was interviewed by host Fred Child. […]


Happy 100th Birthday, Benjamin Britten!

November 22, 2013

HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, BENJAMIN BRITTEN! Today, music lovers throughout the world are celebrating the centenary of the great English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Britten’s music is increasingly popular – you may have heard several of his works in the recent movie Moonrise Kingdom – and has been frequently performed at Eastman over the years, particularly […]


Remembering Douglas Lowry

October 31, 2013

This morning, the UK’s Times Higher Education magazine posted a remembrance of Douglas Lowry, who served as the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean from 2007 until shortly before his untimely passing on October 2. Last summer, Jon Marcus interviewed Dean Lowry for an article in the THE  on the founding of the new Paul R. […]