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.)
(Democrat and Chronicle 04/25/2016)
Then on to the inductions. Locke, a California native, raised in Rochester, graduate of the Eastman School of Music. …
Hanson is the man who built the Eastman School of Music, yet somehow found time to compose as well, winning a Pulitzer for his Symphony No. 4 in 1944. Current Eastman School of Music Director Jamal Rossi accepted in Hanson’s place, noting that both school founder George Eastman and Hanson insisted that music serve “the Rochester community and the world beyond.”
Pianist E-Na Song played Hanson’s “Slumber Song,” then a seven-piece ensemble from the Eastman performed his Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings, Op. 35.
Then, a turn from the past to the future. Natalia Hulse, a Penfield High School senior, and Jonathan Madden, a senior at Fairport High School, were introduced as winners of the Gibson Lowry Award, named for the late Eastman Director Douglas Lowry, backed by the Gibson Guitar Corp. …
(The Edinburgh Reporter 04/24/2016)
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Dave Brubeck – Time Out. The familiar opening bars of Take Five were the soundtrack to sixties swing and mid-twentieth century cool. The tune made Dave Brubeck a household name, but also changed perceptions of jazz as a niche art form. Throughout his long and fulfilled career, Brubeck created stunning music of depth and breadth. He consolidated his initial success by continuing to explore unusual time signatures, but a gift for counterpoint and harmony also contributed to his widespread popularity. SNJO has specially commissioned respected composer Bill Dobbins (Professor of Jazz, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), to arrange Brubeck’s music and provide new insights into his most iconic compositions. The orchestra will be joined by Bill Dobbins at the piano and John Nugent on alto saxophone to interpret the complex and deeply spiritual work of a composer who remains loved and revered in equal measure. 7.30pm, Friday 29th April,
(Omaha World-Herald 04/23/2016)
With her walker parked beside her chair, 94-year-old Glennis Stout taps her feet to the beat as she plays the flute. …
Diversity among the more than 40 orchestra members extends beyond age. Stout, for instance, is a flutist of some note. She has a degree from the Eastman School of Music, …
Catharine Dornin (piano) earned her B.A. in Music from Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with John Perry. She went on to study with Jose Echaniz at the Eastman School of Music and Dr. Ingrid Gutberg in Boston. …
(The Dominion Post 04/23/2016)
Farr went on to study composition and percussion at the University of Auckland. … He continued with postgraduate study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
(New Jersey Stage 04/22/2016)
Ron Carter is among the most influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music’s greats including Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Dexter Gordon, and B.B. King. He toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley and, from 1963–1968, was a member of the acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet.
Carter earned music degrees from The Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music and has received two honorary doctorates. He has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes around the world, and is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the City College of New York. He’s shared his musical expertise in a series of books including “The Music of Ron Carter,” and has won two Grammy awards. He’s also been named “Jazz Bassist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine and “Most Valuable Player” by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
(Lebanon Daily News 04/22/2016)
When the time for college came, Lentz decided on the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.
“I entered as a concert pianist, then switched to a voice major,” said Lentz.
(The Daily News Online 04/21/2010)
He is one of three guest soloists, along with John Clayton of Buffalo and Alexander’s own Emily Helenbrook.
Helenbrook is a senior planning to graduate from Eastman this year and recently was a finalist in a German Lieder competition at the school. She has performed several times as featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic has made many appearances with Ars Nova Musicians in the Viva Vivaldi Festival. Plus she has also been twice on the nationally acclaimed show “From the Top,” recorded at the Chautauqua Ampitheatre and Kodak Hall at Eastman.
She is also working closely with “from the top’s” pianist on some pieces they will premiere at TibbetRise Music Center in Montana this summer. That plus performing in a master class for Renee Fleming. Her journey has certainly been successful so far.
(The San Diego Union-Tribune 04/21/2016)
Mexican composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (currently a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music) was in the audience to hear performances of his “Jácaras” — a kaleidoscopic juxtaposition of Spanish dance forms — and “Candelabra”, a wonderful work that blew through the room like a gust of night air from the street, occasionally and piquantly French in flavor (a high compliment in my book), and enlivened by a shout-out to Stravinsky that passed through the music like a little lightning bolt.
Marvelous music, completely individual, put together like pieces of fine jewelry.
This concert was a banquet; among its eight pieces was music by; …and “Three Machines II” by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, also Mexican and on the Eastman faculty. If the humor and crackling vitality of his music are indications, it’s an exciting time to be a composition student at that great school.
Flutist Emily Newbold to perform with St. John’s Providence Chamber Orchestra
(The Phoenix 04/21/2016)
… after a year’s study with William Kincaid, principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, entered the Eastman School to study with Joseph Mariano.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra starts May with ‘World-Premiere Tyzik’
(Penfield Post 04/20/2016)
Principal Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik’s new Jazz Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was written especially for RPO concertmaster Juliana Athayde. The piece is also a crossover between jazz and classical music styles. … This year’s program, “Alien Encounter,” features narration by a costumed James Van Demark, renowned double bass virtuoso and Eastman School of Music professor
(The Morning Call 04/20/16)
Pa. Sinfonia benefit features violinist Paul Chou
Milton Laufer, a colleague of Chou’s, is an accomplished musician himself. A Chicago native of Puerto Rican and Cuban parents, Laufer began playing the piano at 3. His training includes studies at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Moscow Conservatory, the Gnessin Institute, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan and Rice University.
(Midland Daily News 04/20/2016)
Midland Symphony Orchestra
A Midland success story comes to the stage as well during the upcoming season. Patrick Owen has strong Midland ties and now plays with the Boston Philharmonic.
“Patrick was raised here and played cello here and went on to Julliard and the Eastman School of Music,” …
(The Advocate 04/20/2016)
Violinist Ilya Kaler, a three-time gold medal winner at international competitions, … He is a graduate of the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow State Conservatory and has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music …
(Bangkok Post 04/20/2016)
Eunmi holds a BM degree from Seoul National University and MM and DMA degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with …
Donations will help the Eastman School of Music renovate Kilbourn Hall
(News 10NBC 04/19/2016)
Dean Jamal Rossi made the announcement on Tuesday. The Avangrid Foundation contributed $400,000 and the Kenneth and Myra Monfort Charitable Foundation gave $300,000. (Also reported by NewsLocker, RocCity News, TWCNews.com, WXXI News, 13WHAM-TV, Rochester Business Journal)
OSO releases season schedule
Daniel Black will be the finalist guest conductor for the performance. … He studied conducting at St. Petersburg Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin.
Eastman School of Music to present ‘Cineshape’
(Brighton-Pittsford Post 04/18/2016)
The Eastman School of Music will present “Cineshape,” performed by pianist/composer Amy Williams; the JACK Quartet; Lindsey Goodman, flute; and Scott Christian, percussion, … The JACK Quartet met while attending the Eastman School of Music and …
Eastman School of Music to reflect on the Holocaust with ‘A Time to Remember …’
(Brighton-Pittsford Post 04/18/2016)
The Eastman School of Music will host its third annual Holocaust remembrance concert, “A Time to Remember…,” at 7:30 p.m. May 1 in Kilbourn Hall …
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