(Niagara Gazette 03/20/2016)
The series will conclude with a speaker event and banquet at St. Paul. Speakers will include Dr. Cameron MacKenzie, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne Indiana, Dr. Mark Schuler, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, Rev. Dr. John Nunes, Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, Dr. Daniel Zager, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York and Rev. Andrew J. Abraham, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tonawanda, New York. The medieval themed banquet will feature renaissance style performances by members of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Critic’s Picks: The best of South Sound arts this weekend
(The News Tribune 03/17/2016)
New Zealand organ star plays Christ Episcopal
Thomas Gaynor, a rising star in the concert organ world, is the artist this week at Christ Episcopal’s popular third Friday lunchtime concert. Born in New Zealand and currently a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Gaynor has won international competitions in Germany, Australia and the U.S. He’ll play a program of Bach, Pachelbel, Mozart and Cabanilles.
Clay Jenkins career as a performer began at an early age playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in 1977-78. He moved to Los Angeles in 1978 and from there he toured with the Buddy Rich Band, and the Count Basie Orchestra. Since moving to Rochester, NY, to join the Eastman faculty in 2000, Clay has remained active throughout the United States and abroad. Clay continues to perform and record with the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, of which he is a charter member.
Jazz Festival returns to Dearborn
(The Oakland Press 03/14/2016)
Renowned flutist Alexander Zonjic is presenting this event, featuring jazz stars from across the country including chart topping trumpet and flugelhorn player Rick Braun, who was named Billboard’s No. 1 smooth jazz songs artist of 2015. Braun will perform as a special guest with Zonjic and his band. … attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music and was a sought-after session and touring musician before recording his first major album. 1995’s “Beat Street,” which launched his career as a solo artist. He also collaborated with saxophonist Boney James on the remake of Hugh Masekela’s “Grazing in the Grass.”
(Laredo Morning Times © 03/15/2016)
The vocal magic of Emmy award-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich will be featured at Saturday’s Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra 7:30 p.m. performance at the Texas A&M International University Recital Hall. It is the fourth concert in the Philharmonic’s “Sounds of Our Heritage” Season.
Danrich, a native of St. Louis, MO, is an alumna of Eastman School of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has recorded Only Heaven by Ricky Ian Gordon with PS Classics, Age to Age with OCP Publications, Original Songs of Sacred Slumber and Solitude with Soli Deo Gloria Productions and A Tribute to William Warfield with the Eastman School of Music.
New Roots Rock Band to Perform in Dryden – The Lansing Star Online
(The Lansing Star 03/18/2016)
Students select the music for the group and, under the guidance of Music Director David Ferreira, work tirelessly to learn new songs and rehearse for their public performances.
In addition to the Rock Band, New Roots offers its students Steel Drum Ensemble and a Percussion Ensemble that works in conjunction with the New Roods Dance Ensemble featuring African drumming and dance. Ferreira, who studied steel drums in Trinidad and Tobago and African drumming in Ghana, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
(The Anniston Star 03/16/2016)
Pianist Kevin Chance will give a free recital this week as part of Jacksonville State University’s annual Foothills Piano Festival. The performance will take place at JSU’s Mason Hall Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Chance is the Alabama Music Teachers Association’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. He holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and a master’s degree from Louisiana State University.
(Warwick Beacon 03/15/2016)
Praised by critics for “livewire intensity” and for both “delightfully effective” and “memorably demonic” playing, violinist Katherine Winterstein enjoys a wide range of musical endeavors as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School and received her Master’s Degree from Boston University’s School for the Arts. Ms. Winterstein is the concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and she performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Eustis Middle and High School Jazz Bands host concert, featuring renowned trombonist
(Daily Commercial 03/15/2016)
Clarence Hines, who earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, has recently performed shows with acclaimed musicians such as The O’Jays, John Pizzarelli and David Sanborn.
(Penn State News 03/15/2016)
The annual trombone event, Frühling Posaunen (Spring Trombones), was started in spring 1989 by John Marcellus, Eastman School of Music; Harold Reynolds, Ithaca College; and Penn State’s Mark L. Lusk. The idea was to gather the trombone students from the three academic institutions together on Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) to share their music and ideas.
(City Newspaper 03/16/2016)
Saxophonist and flutist Justin Flynn was once a ubiquitous presence on the Rochester jazz scene, leading The Jazz Prophets and playing in myriad groups around town. Now living in Brooklyn, Flynn has not slowed down. He leads a quartet, a quintet, and an octet in addition to the Tower-of-Power-like Heavy Duty Horns.
(City Newspaper 03/16/2016)
For the closing event in the Kilbourn Concert Series this season, it’s all about the future with “Rising Stars of the Metropolitan Opera.” Esteemed artists such as Rochester native Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, and Thomas Hampson were once ascendant newcomers with burgeoning careers. Who knows what’s in store for the next crop of young talent to sing in the hallowed halls of the Met? Singers who have performed in the “Rising Stars” series this season include soprano Janai Brugger, mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, and tenor Sean Panikkar. You’ll undoubtedly be seeing and hearing a lot from this cadre of singers for years to come.
Broadway World 03/15/2016)
The final round takes place April 16 at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Each finalist will present a fifteen minute …
Fifty years of Suzuki is something to boast about — Victor was one of the first public school districts in the nation to implement the violin method into its curriculum in 1966. It was thanks to the unstoppable efforts of veteran strings teacher, the late Betty Kocher, who convinced the Victor Board of Education to allow her to start a Suzuki program for 80 first, second and third graders. Her campaign began after seeing Shinichi Suzuki demonstrate his method in person at Eastman School of Music.
Director of band and instrumental music provides ‘gift’ to music history in Metamora
(Woodford Times 03/14/2016)
Wind Ensemble — Students have auditioned for slots in one of the concert bands since about 1991, however, it was in about 2004 when there was a concerted effort to create a “true” wind ensemble based on the idea laid out by noted bandsmen, Frederick Fennell. At Eastman School of Music, Fennell created an ensemble of “soloists” where part is only given to one player increasing the demand on the student musician to perform at a higher level
Jazz Ensemble — A “dance band” has been present at MTHS since about the mid-1960s which evolved into the current jazz ensemble. A partnership with the Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble and its director, Ron Carter drove the ensemble to a much higher level of quality which led to led to yearly visits by the NIU jazz ensemble and Carter to work with our jazz students. (Also reported by Morton Times-News)
(City Newspaper 03/16/2016)
If you’re a trumpet player, a trumpet teacher, or simply a fan, your event has arrived. The Eastman Trumpet Festival is a two-day extravaganza devoted solely to concerts, master classes, and lectures featuring and pertaining to the versatile brass instrument. Notable artists who will be performing and providing their expertise include former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Trumpet Mark Gould, RPO Principal Trumpet Douglas Prosser, Baroque trumpet specialist Brian Shaw, and Eastman professor James Thompson. Clinics cover everything from Baroque to jazz and audition tips, and the concerts feature the Eastman Wind Orchestra and other ensembles. For a rare chance to hear the Baroque trumpet in action, you’ll want to check out Shaw and Publick Musick’s performance at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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