Eastman News Highlights December 16, 2013

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Loss Reverberates at Music School

(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12/15/2013)

Its inhabitants consider it a small town. The Eastman School of Music. Population about 1,275.

“There’s a deeply tangible sense of community within this school,” Dean Jamal Rossi said Wednesday. “Whenever there is a loss, it reverberates through the entire school.”

Last weekend that loss was Tatiana Tchekina. The magnificent arc of her life began 69 years ago in Moscow, covered years as a renowned musician and teacher working under difficult politics, then immigration and a new life in America. Where, says Tchekina’s friend and co-worker Jean Barr, her students regarded her as “teacher, mentor, mother figure.”

Your chance for the spotlight and some fun[mediatracking.com]
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle © 12/08/2013)

Rochester has a great tradition of sing-alongs.

One of the popular annual series is Eastman Summer Sings, when singers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in choral music reading sessions held on successive weeks in July at Kilbourn Hall. This coming summer will mark the 20th year led by William Weinert, professor of conducting and director of choral activities at the Eastman School of Music.

Eastman School of Music remembers beloved teacher[mediatracking.com]
(WHAM TV ABC 13 Rochester © 12/10/2013)

Back in class first the first time following a beloved teacher’s death, reality has slowly started to sink in for the students and staff at Eastman School of Music. 69-year-old Tatiana Tchekina was killed Saturday when a wrong way driver struck her vehicle head-on.

She was very generous to all of her students with both her time and her love, she was almost like a mother to the studio.

Those who knew Tchekina said she lit up every classroom and concert hall she walked into – something Melychenko said he’s going to miss. “It feels as if she will come back that she’s just gone for a few days because it doesn’t feel normal for her to not be here, to imagine her not being there is very difficult.” (Also reported by WROC-TV[rochesterhomepage.net], YNN[rochester.ynn.com] and WHEC)

Rich Thompson, Burger Middle School[mediatracking.com]
(WROC-TV © 12/10/2013)

Rich Thompson is an associate professor of Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music, but he has also been a teacher at Burger Middle School in Henrietta for 28 years.

Thompson is Band Coordinator at Burger Middle School. Eighth grader Ian Colbert nominated him for a Golden Apple Award. But there’s another reason why students think Mr. Thompson is cool- he is a distinguished jazz drummer.

Michael Jackson, Connie Deming shows coming up[mediatracking.com]
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle © 12/10/2013)

Break of Reality, the cello-and-percussion ensemble that began a decade ago as a group of Eastman School of Music grads playing in Java’s Cafe, performs in its largest venue ever with an 8 p.m. Jan. 17 date at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.

The band blends rocking originals with a dynamic selection of classic, metal and indie-rock music. The band includes two original founding members from the Eastman, Ivan Trevino and Patrick Laird. This show will feature additional cellists, percussionists and a string quartet accompaniment.

(Rochester City Newspaper © 12/11/2013)

Specializing in music of the last two decades, the Eastman School of Music’s New Jazz Ensemble is one of the most innovative college jazz bands anywhere. This week’s concert features the world premiere of director/conductor Dave Rivello’s “Re-Imagining The World,” which involves the band singing as well as playing.

Classical | Eastman Philharmonia, Women’s Chorus/Repertory Singers [mediatracking.com]
(Rochester City Newspaper © 12/11/2013)

Sometimes, right in the thick of the holiday season, we all could do with a little break and just relax. As part of your strategy, why not slip quietly into the back row for a lovely pair of concerts by students of the Eastman School of Music?