Eastman Journal: Page 41

Happy Birthday, Renee!

February 14, 2014

  February 14 is not only Valentine’s Day, it is the birthday of one of America’s great singers, soprano — and Eastman graduate — Renee Fleming (MM ’83). Anybody who follows classical music is well aware of Renee’s busy international career, but we thought it was worth noting that this month alone — in fact, […]


Dance Around the Maypole …

February 7, 2014

… to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera on February 10, 1934. A great success at its premiere – the cast and creators received 50 curtain calls, which is still a house record – Merry Mount was performed eight more times that season but then dropped […]


Still a Musical Force

February 4, 2014

  During Black History Month, we’ll remember some of the African American composers and musicians who are part of Eastman history. One of the most prominent and respected was William Grant Still (1895-1978), often called “The Dean of African American Composers”; among his many accomplishments, he was the first black American composer to have a […]


A Towering Creation

January 31, 2014

  Tonight the Eastman Rochester Chorus presents one of the most inspired and best-loved works in the choral literature, Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Creation. The performance brings together not only the chorus, whose members are drawn from Eastman, the University of Rochester, and the Rochester community, but also five student soloists performing the solo parts, […]


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, […]