Eastman News Highlights October 21, 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.)

Companies, and parents, send college care packages[mediatracking.com]
(USA Today © 10/18/2013)

In recent years, there has been a rise in commercial gift package options geared toward college students. They range from a bedroom in a bag, including a comforter, laundry hamper, sheets and towels, to a mobile medicine chest full of cough syrup, allergy pills and contraceptives.

Rebekah Lorenz, from Middletown, a first-year student at Eastman School of Music, was pleasantly surprised to find a made-to-order package from a friend back home filled with granola bars, peanut butter crackers and candy during her first week of school. She split the loot with a few people in her dorm, using it as an opportunity to meet more people.

“It just made me feel a lot more confident,” she says.

Rochester Chamber Orchestra kicks off 50th season

(Democrat and Chronicle 10/20/2013

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Appalachian Spring” with guest conductor Larry Rachleff and featuring Concertmaster Julia Athayde. Added to the program was a tribute to the late Douglas Lowry, dean of the Eastman School of Music who died from cancer earlier this month. The composer’s Fanfare from Flora will join pieces by Barber, Copland, Piazolla and Falla.

Help bring tourists, meetings to our area[mediatracking.com]
(Rochester Business Journal © 10/17/2013)

An integral component of successful convention marketing is the endorsement of local and regional residents who are members of or affiliated with targeted organizations.  We are grateful to the many local ambassadors who have already worked with VisitRochester to bring their groups to the area.

For example, Eastman School of Music faculty members were instrumental in bringing the International Society of Bassists to Rochester this year. And the facilities management teams from the University of Rochester and SUNY College at Geneseo worked closely with our sales team to bring in the Eastern region of APPA (formerly the Association of Physical Plant Administrators), a group that assists facilities officers and physical plant administrators at colleges, universities and other educational institutions.

Classical | “The Resurrection” in Memory of ESM Dean Douglas Lowry  
(Rochester City Newspaper © 10/16/2013)

On October 2, Douglas Lowry, Dean Emeritus of the Eastman School of Music, passed away. In memory of Lowry, a concert is being dedicated on Friday, October 18 at the Eastman Theater, presented by the Eastman Philharmonia and the Eastman Rochester Chorus, under conductor Neil Varon. Almost 300 instrumentalists and choral members will perform Mahler’s “The Resurrection.” Its first movement, “Todtenfeier” (“Funeral Rites”) is a symphonic poem, and, according to Mahler’s personal notes, the complete symphony poses a series of questions on the meaning of life and death, which he sought to answer.

Mollie Katzen creates vegetarian meals for busy cooks[mediatracking.com]
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle © 10/18/2013)

When I first saw the title of Mollie Katzen’s new cookbook, I assumed this was a collection of vegetable-centric recipes. The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation bears a single upturned kale leaf against a clean eggplant purple background on its cover.

“Everyone is born to eat and enjoy food,” says the woman who ignores Food Network and rarely ever looks at other cookbooks, though she does enjoy looking at food blogger photography. “I do not live in that world of chefs and cookbooks that much. I live in my own little world, and love it.”

Orbiting that world are Katzen’s gardens, hiking trails, the piano she plays daily (she studied piano and oboe at the Eastman School of Music before continuing her studies at Cornell University and the San Francisco Art Institute), and of course, her artwork.

Clarinetist Ricardo Morales Holds Masterclass in Buffalo, 10/16

(Broadway World  10/15/2013)

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, clarinetist Ricardo Morales will share his knowledge with Western New York students at a masterclass held in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo. Michael Tumiel of Williamsville is making the trip from Eastman School of Music in Rochester to take part, as is the third performer, Jackie Gillette. Each student submitted an application which included an audio recording and a recommendation from a teacher.

For local orchestra, the score says ‘crescendo'[mediatracking.com]
(Rochester Business Journal © 10/13/2013)

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra puts on four concerts each season, from October through May, attracting mostly sold-out crowds.

Though there are a number of strong college musicians at the Eastman School of Music, Bloch says the time demands of rehearsal and performances prevent them from joining. So the average age of the orchestra members skews a bit older, he says.