Eastman Journal: Page 42

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. […]


Happy Birthday, Howard Hanson

October 28, 2013

Outside of George Eastman, Howard Hanson is the most visible historical presence on the campus (and inside of George Eastman, it’s too dark to see anyway). Rightly so: hired by Eastman himself, Hanson served as director for 40 years and, as school historian Vincent Lenti in a video produced by James Goodman of the Democrat […]


Why Medtner Matters

October 21, 2013

This Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Eastman doctoral candidate Cahill Smith and colleagues present a recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall of music by Nicolas Medtner. It’s a program that spans the composer’s career, from Op. 1 to his posthumous Piano Quintet, and the first survey of Medtner’s compositions at Carnegie Hall since the […]


A Dispatch from Mannheim

October 14, 2013

Professor of Music Education Christopher Azzara reflects on his classes in Mannheim as part of a trip to Germany.  On Saturday, I started a two-day class at the Musikhochschule in Mannheim. This group of undergraduates, graduate students, and in-service teachers had excellent musicianship skills, but didn’t have too much experience improvising. We sang and played […]


Chris Azzara in Hamburg

October 14, 2013

Professor of Music Education Christopher Azzara traveled last week to Germany to teach as a guest faculty member at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim. He writes below on his time in Hamburg. On Wednesday, I taught an improvisation class at the […]


Getting it Rite the First Time

September 1, 2013

As an occasional feature of the Eastman Blog, I’ll ask various Eastman musicians or other guests about their first encounter with a particular piece or genre of music. (Yes, this is blatant theft of the New York Times’ “First Crush” feature.) In slightly late observance of the centenary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, I asked […]