Eastman News Highlights October 14, 2013

Here are some select clippings showing the variety of recent hits/mentions identifying musicians and scholars as Eastman School of Music alumni, faculty or students. (Note: Some links may have expired.)

Douglas Lowry, 62, filled Cincinnati with music

(Cincinnati Enquirer  10/07/2013)

Doug Lowry not only enjoyed a remarkable career, he lived a wonderful life,” said Eastman School of Music’s Jamal Rossi, interim dean. “While he was active Diagnosed with multiple myeloma in September 2011, Mr. Lowry resigned as dean of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 23. At that time, the University of Rochester’s board named him dean emeritus and awarded him with an honorary doctor of music degree. With great effort, Mr. Lowry walked onto the stage and said a few words during the ceremony, said his wife, Marcia Lowry, of Rochester. After the fifth standing ovation, he stood, arms outstretched and beamed a smile to the entire school and faculty in Kodak Hall.

“Just the look on his face – it was this outpouring of love and admiration that lifted his spirit up, lifted him out of the chair, just drinking in all of that love,” said his wife.

Eastman’s Main Hall, a popular gathering hall, will be renamed Lowry Hall in his honor, the school said last week.


A Mighty San Francisco Wind Ensemble

(San Francisco Classical Voice   10/05/2013)

Seggelke, who is artistic director and conductor of the SFWE, chose to model his ensemble on the scaled-down version of the symphonic concert band, with only one player per part, that American conductor Frederick Fennell (1914-2004) established as the Eastman Wind Ensemble at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., in contrast with ensembles from the European wind band tradition (in which I grew up), where wind bands are usually larger, sometimes up to 100 musicians, and include a substantial group of clarinets that functions much like the violins in a symphony orchestra. Guest conductor for Saturday’s concert was the current conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Mark Scatterday.


“If Music Be the Food…” [mediatracking.com]
(Rochester City Newspaper © 10/10/2013)

Carol Rodland’s biography as a classical musician is sufficiently impressive to be its own article. She earned bachelor of music and masters of music degrees from The Juilliard School. She won a Fulbright Scholarship. She has traveled to study, teach, and perform in Europe. She is an associate professor of viola at the Eastman School of Music and acted as co-host of 2012’s 40th International Viola Congress.

But what sets Rodland apart from other classical musicians is her chamber-music series “If Music Be the Food…,” which brings together professional and student musicians to raise funds and food for Foodlink, a regional food bank based in Rochester.


Celebration For Rochester Education Federation[mediatracking.com]
(YNN Rochester © 10/10/2013)

The Rochester Education Foundation honored those who have made a difference in the lives of city school children. Those honored included Laura Delehanty, a teacher at East High School and John Fetter, an Eastman School of Music professor who works with kids at School 17.


Natalie Cole coming to Rochester[google.com]

(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle   10/08/2013)

Natalie Cole will perform a holiday concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The concert is presented by RIJF, the business behind the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Eastman School of Music.


SUNY Fredonia Alumnus Caramia Returns For ‘Dancing Keys’ Recital

(Jamestown Post Journal  10/10/2013)

Tony Caramia, professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music and a SUNY Fredonia graduate, will return to campus to present the recital  “Dancing Keys”. The following evening, Caramia will play in a reunion concert of the 1970s Fredonia Jazz Ensemble.At Eastman, Caramia serves as director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and coordinator of the Classical Piano Program. He is a frequent presenter at national and international workshops and a lecturer, judge and clinician.


Susan Knapp Thomas, acclaimed harpist, to be in concert

(Florida Treasure Coast Palm   10/07/2013)

Thomas will present a versatile program including arrangements of Bach and Mozart as well as other romantic and contemporary works. The program will also comprise a harp discussion and a student demonstration. Thomas received her bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and studied with Eileen Malone, Phyllis Wright, Aristid von Wurtzler and Barbara Pniewska. She is a well-known chamber, orchestral and solo concert artist and instructor throughout Connecticut and Southern New England.