Eastman News Highlights October 28, 2013

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.)

Remembering Douglas Lowry[mediatracking.com]
(WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester © 10/25/2013)

It was a concert honoring the former dean of Eastman School of Music.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performed a special song at the beginning of its concert tonight. The orchestra opened with Fanfare for Flora, a piece composed by Douglas Lowry. He passed away after a battle with cancer earlier this month.

RPO guest conductor enlivens ‘Appalachian Spring
(Democrat & Chronicle 10/26/2013)

The program, which repeats Saturday, had a fitting performance of Douglas Lowry’s Fanfare for Flora in tribute to the composer, Eastman School of Music dean and RPO board member who died on Oct. 2.

Rochester Chamber Orchestra 50th Anniversary (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 10/20/2013)

David Fetler is entering the 50th anniversary season of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble that he created and has led for the entire half-century.

Also on the concert are pieces by father and daughter Andre and Lucile Gretry. Lucile Gretry tragically died at age 17, but she composed an opera at age 14. The chamber orchestra will perform the overture, plus two arias from The Marriage of Antonio, with soprano Michaela Anthony, a student at the Eastman School of Music.

Free concert in Norton Chapel to feature soloists Hamilton and Kellogg[mediatracking.com]
(Penn Yan Chronicle Express © 10/21/2013)

The University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra (URCO), under the baton of Dr. David Harman, will present a concert at Keuka College Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Mark Kellogg, professor of trombone at the Eastman School of Music and principal trombonist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He will perform Concertino by Lars-Erik Larsson. The program will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.

Applause for the Penfield Symphony Orchestra[mediatracking.com]
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle © 10/22/2013)

The PSO’s Music Director is David Harman who has held this post for 14 years (counting this season). He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1974 and he has gone on to an impressive career that not only includes his three solo recordings as a clarinetist, but also as a university professor and conductor of more musical organizations all over this country and overseas than I can list here. In 2008, the Rochester chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon (a professional music fraternity) selected Dr. Harman as Musician of the Year.

Classical | Rochester Chamber Orchestra [mediatracking.com]
(Rochester City Newspaper © 10/23/2013)

At its concert on October 27, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the start of its 50th season. Headline composers for the concert include Mozart and Haydn, including Haydn’s “Cello Concerto in C,” featuring cellist Cicely Parnas. The concert will also include works by Chevalier de Saint-George, Lucile Grétry, and Francois-Joseph Gossec. (A second concert on February 16 will feature composers of African descent with an English connection.) The Rochester Chamber Orchestra is led by music director and conductor David Fetler, who founded RCO in 1964 when he was a conductor at the Eastman School of Music.

Classic ‘Phantom’ film gets organ accompaniment at Clemens Center[mediatracking.com]
(Ithaca Journal © 10/24/2013)

The reinstallation and dedication of the Clemens Center’s Marr and Colton theater organ is being celebrated Sunday with a vintage silent movie accompanied by organ virtuoso David Peckham.

Peckham, who has made four theater organ recordings, has toured nationally and internationally as a theater organist since 1980. His classical training at the Eastman School of Music has allowed him to pursue more traditional organ venues as well.