Here are some select recent clippings 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.)
Ceremonies marking the formal appointment of the new Dean of the Eastman School of Music took place Sunday. Jamal Rossi’s investiture ceremonies in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre included a classical saxophone performance by the dean. (Also reported by WROC TV )
New book traces Chiam’s road to Parliament
The first installment of a two-part biography of veteran politician Chiam See Tong, titled Let The People Have Him, is being released today.
It is written by Mr Loke Hoe Yeong, 29, the assistant secretary-general of Mr Chiam’s Singapore People’s Party (SPP) and an associate fellow at the European Union Centre – a think-tank to promote research on the EU set up by the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University in 2008.
Mr Loke, like Mr Chiam, is an old boy of Anglo-Chinese School. He graduated with a degree in music from the Eastman School of Music in New York in 2006. He then obtained degrees in political science, including a master’s in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009.
(Minnesota Post 10/17/2014)
Schrickel was referring to the fact that in a concert Sunday he will lead the orchestra in the premiere of a work by Dominick Argento, “Ode to the West Wind,” subtitled Concerto for Soprano and Orchestra, 58 years after it was written. A week later, to kick off its 46th season, Vocalessence will present a work of Argento’s at Orchestra Hall that the 86-year-old composer says – firmly – will be the last he will ever write, a choral piece titled “Seasons,” a setting of poems by St. Paul poet Pat Solstad.
He asked if Schrickel would be interested in programming his Ode, a setting of the Shelley poem, which he had composed while a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. After a school performance in 1957 that featured Argento’s wife, Carolyn, in the solo part, and thoroughly impressed the Eastman faculty, the work was accepted by Argento’s publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, but the manuscript remained on the shelf for decades gathering dust.
Extraordinary People: Alexander Pena
(WROC-TV © 10/22/2014)
Rochester is in many ways a city of the arts – and its wealth of classically-trained musicians is one reason why. One of them is violist Alexander Pena. Pena is the director of RocMusic — a non-profit that teaches music to children who live downtown.
“You cross here into the inner loop into this side of town and it’s almost a musical desert,” Pena said.
For Pena, directing RocMusic is a natural fit. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and performs regularly in the local ensemble, Sound Exchange. He proudly introduced the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra when the RPO played at the Gantt Community Center. Many of the RocMusic students and their families were in the audience.
MUSIC/FILM | Organ and Film Festival
(Rochester City Newspaper © 10/22/2014)
This weekend, the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative and Film/Music cluster of the University of Rochester will host the Organ and Film Festival. This four-day event is a celebration of the art of organ accompaniment to silent film, and will feature silent film presentations from the early 1900’s at a different Rochester location on each of the four nights. The festival begins with a screening of several short films “Mozart’s Last Requiem” (1909); “King Lear” (1910); and “The Birth, the Life, and the Death of Christ” (1906) at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Avenue) on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. with accompaniment by Edoardo Bellotti on the Italian Baroque Organ.
Presentations and discussions exploring film and music studies will also be held before each screening. Festival goers will be able to take a guided tour of the George Eastman House and the Eastman School of Music’s photoplay organ practice room.
(The St. Louis American 10/23/2014)
Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford gracefully made his way around the Jazz at the Bistro on Friday night, shaking a dozen hands.
In 1995, Bradford joined the nonprofit dedicated to advancing the art of jazz through live performance, education and outreach.
Dutrow helped Bradford find a teacher at the Eastman School of Music, where he was a double bass major. That teacher, professor of double bass James VanDemark, encouraged him to pursue his interests in music management.
“It’s just fantastic, the more we can do to address this issue in our communities the better. More and more people are joining us on this quest and we share a meal of beautiful music with everyone who comes,” said Carol Rodland, Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music.
On Faith: Duke organ tours
(Durham News 10/17/2014)
Christopher Jacobson, the relatively new organist at Duke Chapel gives tours of the chapel’s two main organs at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Trained at the Eastman School of Music and St. Olaf College, Jascobson came to Duke last summer having been an organist at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, S.C., and the National Cathedral in Washington.
Neave Trio, RPO, Clay Jenkins in concert this week
(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle © 10/20/2014)
At Eastman School of Music this week, Clay Jenkins, an internationally known trumpeter and professor there, will give a recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., as part of the Eastman Faculty Artist Series. He will be joined by Jeff Campbell on the double bass, Rich Thompson on drums and Harold Danko on piano. This recital series is one of the best deals in town at $10 a ticket, available at esm.rochester.edu or at the door.
Free concerts include the Eastman Wind Orchestra playing Holst at 8 p.m. Monday at Eastman Theatre; the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Friday at Eastman; and the Eastman Repertory Singers, Women’s Chorus and Eastman Chorale at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kilbourn.
JAZZ | Charles Pillow
(Rochester City Newspaper © 10/22/2014)
In his first concert as a member of the Eastman School of Music faculty, multi-reedist Charles Pillow will share the stage with a “Who’s Who” of Eastman jazz players. He’ll play duets with pianists Bill Dobbins, Harold Danko, and Dariusz Terefenko (on Hammond B3); he’ll perform a Brazilian Choro tune with guitarist Bob Sneider; and he’ll work with trumpeter Clay Jenkins on an Ornette Coleman tune. Eastman’s resident rhythm section, drummer Rich Thompson and bassist Jeff Campbell, will be on hand to anchor much of the above.
Charles Pillow performs Wednesday, October 29, at Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street. 8 p.m
Jazz and classical music performances by faculty, including the dean himself, will highlight the formal investiture of Jamal J. Rossi as the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.