Here are some select clippings from the past week showing the variety of hits/mentions identifying musicians and scholars as Eastman School of Music alumni, faculty or students. Note: Some links may have expired.)
Classical | Greentopia Classical Series 2013 (City Newspaper 09/11/2013) Greentopia has the allure of Sir Thomas More’s “Utopia”: six days at High Falls packed with music, films, design, and summits on creating a sustainable future. Nestled in this programming is a three-day classical series, flying under program titles like Schubert’s “Trout Quartet” (featuring the Ying Quartet and friends from the Eastman School of Music) and “Rochester Sings!” (featuring the Rochester Oratorio Society, Greater Rochester Choral Consortium, Rochester Lyric Opera). Kratz to lead vocal masterclass Sunday (Juneau Empire © 09/12/2013) Opera To Go will host a vocal masterclass led by Mark Kratz this Sunday, Sept. 15 beginning at 3 p.m. Tenor Kratz was recently featured as the soloist for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ annual “Messiah Sing-A-Long” accompanied by the National Opera Orchestra. He also played the role of Don Jose in Bizet’s “Carmen” with Cinnabar Theater this June. He holds a master’s degree in Opera from Binghamton University and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music. International organist to perform at St. John’s (South Show Now [Nova Scotia] 09/10/2013) Musique Royale presents Christian Lane, one of North America’s most accomplished and versatile young organists, at St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg on September 22 at 7:30 pm. Mr. Lane is winner of the prestigious 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition and is currently associate university choirmaster and organist at Harvard University. Consistently acclaimed for his “driving energy and mature interpretation” (The American Organist), he holds a bachelor’s degree and the sacred music diploma from the Eastman School of Music, where his mentor and teacher was Prof. David Higgs. Subsequently, he completed graduate work with Prof. Thomas Murray as a Robert Baker Scholar at Yale University, earning a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music and a certificate from Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music. Ball & Socket Arts: Who are they? (Waterbury Republican American 09/08/2013 Jeffrey Guimond. A music administrator for New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, has also served as artistic planning administrator for New York City Opera and artistic administrator for Opera New Jersey. A pianist, conductor and chef, he holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the French Culinary Institute. Eastman concert series features favorite performers, new discoveries (Batavia Daily News © 09/05/2013) A multitude of renowned chamber music groups and soloists will headline the Eastman School of Music’s Eastman-Ranlet and Kilbourn Concert Series in the 2013-2014 season. The Eastman Ranlet Series continues on Nov. 17 with Eastman’s own quartet-in-residence, the Ying Quartet. Winners of the 1994 Naumburg Chamber Music Award and nominated for a Grammy three times, the group won the 2005 award for Best Classical Crossover Album for its work with the Turtle Island String Quartet on the album 4 + Four.