Eastman Journal: Page 42

Sending in Sondheim, with Eastman Opera Theatre

March 22, 2014

March 22 is the 84th birthday of one of the great American theater composers and lyricists: Stephen Sondheim, who was born in New York City in 1930. Sondheim got his start on Broadway as the lyricist of West Side Story (with Leonard Bernstein, 1957) and Gypsy (with Jule Styne, 1959), and has written many award-winning […]


An Eastman Salute

March 21, 2014

  The United States Army Field Band pays Rochester a visit this weekend and will give a concert this Sunday afternoon, March 23, at 2 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The band will be joined by the Soldiers’ Chorus in a diverse program of Mozart, Verdi, Vaughan Williams, Gilbert and Sullivan, and much […]


The Pied Piper Returns

March 18, 2014

The day after St. Patrick’s Day is as good as any to remind readers that Sir James Galway, probably the world’s best-known flutist and one of its better-known Irishmen, is a guest at Eastman this week, along with his wife (and frequent musical partner) Lady Jeanne Galway (both are shown above). Sir James was an […]


Nicholas Phan Visits Eastman

March 14, 2014

Enjoy a late celebration of the centennial of the great English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) on Tuesday night, March 18, with the acclaimed tenor Nicholas Phan. He makes his debut in Eastman’s Kilbourn Concert Series with a program of music mostly by Britten, but also including a selection of Schubert songs. For more information on […]


Opera Live in Your Home – in 1891!

March 11, 2014

These 19th century phonographs in the Collection Charles Cros, at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, were photographed by Sarah Fuchs Sampson, a PhD student in musicology. Beginning in 1891, anyone with a private telephone line in France could subscribe to the Théâtrophone — and listen to live performances of opera in the comfort […]


A Barber Birthday Playlist

March 7, 2014

  Sunday, March 9, is the 104th birthday of one of America’s most popular classical composers, Samuel Barber (1910-1981). His String Quartet, Op. 11, which contains his most famous piece, the “Adagio,” was recently recorded by Eastman’s quartet-in-residence, the Ying Quartet, along with music by longtime Eastman director Howard Hanson. You can hear David, Philip, […]


Celebrating Women’s History Month

March 6, 2014

  During the month of March, we celebrate the achievements of women throughout musical history. At Eastman, this takes its most visible form with our annual Women in Music Festival, returning for its tenth year from March 24-29, 2014. Begun in 2005 by Eastman professor Sylvie Beaudette, the festival not only exalts women as musical […]


Celebrating Black History Month in Music – 2

February 28, 2014

  One of the most-recorded jazz bassists in history is an Eastman School of Music graduate: Ron Carter (1937 —     ), who received a bachelor’s degree in 1959 and an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Rochester. (The photo shows him performing in Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall before the awarding of the doctorate in October […]


Celebrating Black History Month in Music

February 25, 2014

George Walker was the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, in 1996 for his vocal-orchestral work Lilacs. One of America’s most distinguished composers, Walker was born in 1922. He was trained as a pianist and as a composer at the Eastman School of Music, where he received doctoral degrees in […]


Meet the Masters

February 21, 2014

  This weekend, Eastman hosts two of the music world’s most famous performers: pianist Leon Fleisher (pictured above), who will perform the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Ying Quartet on Sunday afternoon’s Kilbourn Series chamber music concert; and violinist Itzhak Perlman (pictured below), who appears with conductor Neil Varon and the Eastman Philharmonia in Max […]