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.)
(Auburn Citizen 2/9/2016)
Feb. 9, 1961
Auburnians who watch the television show, “Sing Along With Mitch” tomorrow night will see a former Auburnian in the cast. He is Jimmy Carroll, musical arranger and conductor, who graduated from Auburn Academic High School and Eastman School of Music. Jimmy, a brother of Stephen Caruana, 398 Owasco Rd., went to James St. School when he was a boy and he took music lessons from Professor Nicosia who led the Italian Band in Auburn many years ago.
Tired of being the name on the credits who is never seen on screen, Jimmy appears in a non-singing role in each broadcast. On the premiere Jan. 27, he was seen as the chef who assisted chorus girls out of the banquet cake. Feb. 10 will find him playing a telegrapher in a railroad station. On Feb. 24, Jimmy will play the drums in the Hawaiian segment, and on March 10 he will mime the role of banjo player.
Coming up on Connections: Friday, February 12th (WXXI PBS News 02/12/2016)
What is it like to navigate the egos and creative differences among members of a band? Why are many composers leaning toward jobs in film and gaming? How does the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences select Grammy winners? Our guests give us an inside look at this changing industry. In studio: Stephen Roessner, Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, musician, and producer, and instructor of audio and music engineering at the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dave Rivello, assistant professor of jazz studies and contemporary media, and director of the New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman School of Music
Jack Garner: A film and some jazz for Valentines Day (Democrat & Chronicle © 02/12/2016)
Happy Valentine’s Day! To help lovers in our area celebrate, I offer recommendations for two events in film and jazz that are near and dear to our own Valentine heart: CD OF THE WEEK. We who love jazz are fortunate to not only have a great annual jazz festival, but to also have several fine musicians based here because they teach at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. Four of those talents are part of a superb new CD: For the Love, from Trio East. The trio is trumpeter Clay Jenkins, bassist Jeff Campbell and drummer Rich Thompson. On this album, the trio becomes a quintet, with the addition of pianist Harold Danko and guitarist Larry Koonse. (West Coaster Koonse is the only musician not on the Eastman faculty.)
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma highlights RPO’s 2016-17 season (Democrat & Chronicle © 02/10/2016)
In a program designed to entice audiences to come back for more, the orchestra, led by Music Director Ward Stare, performed excerpts from select elements of the orchestra’s 2016-17 season in a free concert at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Delivering the season announcement this way treated listeners to works by film composers and American composers, big symphonies — and the announcement of a performance by world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Stare is really enthusiastic about the program that includes the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony, next Jan. 26 and 28. Those two evenings will feature the talents of musicians he’s worked with elsewhere, Goldenthal and soprano Nicole Cabell. An Eastman School of Music graduate, Cabell will sing Ravel’s Shéhérazade. The internationally acclaimed singer and Stare go back a few years, he said.
John Mellencamp to play at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
(WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester © 02/12/2016)
The Eastman School of Music is welcoming Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, to Rochester.
As part of the “Plain Spoken” tour, Mellencamp will perform at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Friday April 22. The tour will feature special guest Carlene Carter, daughter of country music royalty June Carter Cash and Carl Smith. (Also reported by Rochester Business Journal, Niagara Frontier Publications )
(Broadway World 2/9/2016)
Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. … and honorary doctorates from Duke University, Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School.
Irene Koc, a Bridgewater-Raritan High School senior, will travel to San Antonio, Texas, in April to compete as one of the top seven National Finalists in the 2016 Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Duet Competition.
Koc is the recipient of Cecilian Club Scholarship. She has played in master classes with Veda Kaplinsky of Juilliard, Douglas Humphreys of Eastman School of Music, Thomas Schumacher from Eastman School of Music, Larissa Dedova from the University of Maryland, Victor Rosenbaum from the New England Conservatory of Music, Phillip Kawin from the Manhattan School of Music, and professional duo Dallas Weekley and Nancy Arganbright.
(Kenosha News 2/12/2016)
Currently the ensemble in residence at Carthage College, Fifth House also frequently performs for college audiences, including workshops, residencies and performances at Yale College, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, the Miller Theater at Columbia University, DePaul University and the Colburn School.
(Brainerd Dispatch 2/10/2016)
Pianist Gregory DeTurck, a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, will be featured in the program. DeTurck has performed as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles and Rochester Philharmonics. He has held numerous international residencies and is on faculty at Ithaca College in New York.
(Cenla Focus Magazine 2/12/2016)
The St. James Concert Series is delighted to welcome organist Weston Jennings to Cenla. A graduate of the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music, Jennings earned a Bachelor of Music Degree and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate.
A graduate of the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music, Jennings earned a Bachelor of Music Degree and the prestigious Performer’s …
(Current in Carmel 2/10/2016)
The younger Scotts met when both were students at New England Conservatory in Boston. Married since 2011, they now live in Rochester, N.Y., where Kim is principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic and Robin Scott is the new first violinist of the Ying String Quartet, which is in residence at the Eastman School of Music.
(Summit Daily News 2/9/2016)
A member of the performance faculty of Colorado College, violinist Jeri Jorgensen will perform in Summit County this weekend. “Love is … a Work of Art” Valentine’s Day Concert is presented by Summit Music and Arts and will bring her as well as pianist Cullan Bryant to Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. … Jorgensen holds bachelor of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School as well as a master of music degree from Juilliard. She was first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet from 1980 to 2004, as well as a finalist in the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition.
(The New Canaan Advertiser 2/9/2016)
First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan has announced the appointment of Victoria Shields as its new director of music.
Shields is conservatory-trained with 25 years of experience as a church musician and organ recitalist. She is a graduate of Eastman School of Music with concentrations in Music Education and Organ Performance, and has also earned the Orff Schulwerk Music Teaching Certificate from George Mason University.
(Pineandlakes Echo Journal 2/9/2016)
The event, which is being presented by the Lakes Area Music … Pianist Gregory DeTurck will be featured on the program. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, DeTurck has performed as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles and Rochester Philharmonics. He has held numerous international residencies and is on faculty at Ithaca College in New York.
(The Chattanoogan 2/9/2016)
The Lee University School of Music will present Dr. Ronda Ford, flute, and Bill Pritchard, tuba, in a faculty recital …
Mr. Pritchard, having been described as a “dedicated teacher of his craft,” gives private lessons and master classes on euphonium and trombone, in addition to teaching low brass at Lee. He received his Master of Arts degree in classical performance from the Eastman School of Music and his Bachelor of Arts degree in music management from William Paterson University.
(Broadway World 2/10/2016)
Rochester Fringe Festival is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that exists as a means to connect venues, performers, artists, educational institutions and the audience. It was pioneered by several of Rochester’s esteemed cultural institutions, including Geva Theatre Center, the George Eastman House and Garth Fagan Dance, as well as up-and-coming groups like PUSH Physical Theatre and Method Machine. The Board of Directors includes representatives from the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Boylan Code LLC, the Eastman School of Music, Mengel, Metzger and Barr & Co. LLP, Method Machine, PUSH Physical Theatre, and Writers & Books. The Rochester Fringe Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This festival is also supported by a grant awarded to the Rochester Fringe Festival by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I LOVE NY / NYS Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.