Eastman News Highlights December 1, 2014

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

Taos chamber group remembers Ralph Guenther

(The Taos News 11/25/2014)

Composer Ralph Guenther, who would have turned 100 on Sunday (Nov. 23), will be remembered in a special Taos Chamber Music Group concert that day.

For 35 years, Ralph Guenther was professor of flute and music theory and head of the Composition Department at Texas Christian University. Guenther earned a doctorate and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music in New York where he studied under Howard Hanson.

2014 Philanthropy Awards: Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser nominees
(Rochester Business Journal © 10/31/2014)

Joanna Grosodonia

During Geva’s 40th anniversary season in 2012, she took on the task of bringing 40 new major donors on board for the theater—and brought in 46. Recognizing her leadership abilities, Geva’s board elevated her to chair last August. Grosodonia is on the Eastman School of Music Dean’s Advisory Committee as well, and she plans to continue supporting the local arts community in other ways the coming years.

“It’s something that really speaks to me and I feel is extremely important for the community to have,” she says.

East End Quartet brings sax appeal to Staten Island’s Serenade Series

(State Island Advance 11/24/2014)

The East End Quartet (Jonathan Wintringham, Myles Boothroyd, Matthew Amedio and Timothy Harris, all connected to the Eastman School of Music) already enjoys considerable fame, not to mention airplay on WQXR, the city classical station.

Among all-sax ensembles, which are more numerous and popular than you might assume, East End ranks pretty high.

Holiday Arts Preview: David Fetler’s finale among ‘Messiah’ show

(Democrat & Chronicle 11/23/2014)

Handel’s Messiah features conductor David Fetler in his last year as music director of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra.

  • Eastman School of Music will be having a Messiah Sing at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. It’s free. (Also reported by City newspaper)

WORLD | Aditya Verma and Sandeep Das
(Rochester City Newspaper © 11/26/2014)

Aditya Verma and Sandeep Das are at the forefront of carrying on the traditional sounds of India. Strong emotion, oral tradition, and a history of improvisation simmer in their sound. Verma, hailing from Montreal, is an internationally-acclaimed sarodist, while Das, of India, has two Grammy-nominations under his tabla playing. Das’s hand drums have taken him from Carnegie Hall to the Lincoln Center and on to stages with Yo-Yo Ma around the globe. With his sarod, Verma has crossed continents as well as numerous lecture halls to help propagate Indian traditional music. The sarod is unique: Its many auxiliary strings act as resonators that leave a lingering halo of sound like its own built-in reverb. Intimate, extemporized sounds from these two players coalesce to create a vibrant cushion of Indian flavor.

Aditya Verma and Sandeep Das will perform Wednesday, December 3, at Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street. 8 p.m. $13-$15. 454-2100; esm.rochester.edu.

A Weekend of Concerts at Artis Tree

(The Vermont Standard 11/21/2014)

Cellist Robert Blais and pianist Diane Huling, both from the Central Vermont area, will give a performance of all-Russian music Sunday, November 23rd at 4PM at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret. VT.

Huling is a virtuoso pianist in demand worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, giving debuts in London, Paris and New York to critical acclaim. She holds two performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Maria Luisa Faini.

Spend a Sunday afternoon with Bach

(Lancaster Eagle Gazette 11/21/2014)

The First Presbyterian Church will welcome Paul Barte as he portrays Johann Sebastian Bach at the Three Kings’ Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary at the church, 222 N. Broad St., Lancaster.

Barte has been a member of the music faculty at Ohio University School of Music since 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a doctor of musical arts degree from Eastman School of Music.

Cello and viola recital at St. Andrews Friday

(The Journal Times 11/24/2014)

Cellist Samuel Pierce-Ruhland and violist Bridget Kinneary will perform a recital at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1015 4 Mile Road.

Kinneary is a senior at the Eastman School of Music, majoring in viola performance and music education. She is also an active Arts Leadership Certificate candidate, interested in making classical music more accessible to the general public.

Plea Deal in Crash that Killed Eastman Prof.
(WHAM 1180 © 11/25/2014)

A Binghamton area man charged in a wrong-way fatal accident on 490 has accepted a plea deal. Thomas Rome pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter in the crash last December that killed an Eastman School of Music professor. (Also reported by WTVH CBS5 Syracuse and 13 WHAM-TV).