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.)
Idaho State Journal 09/9/2016)
Pocatellan Douglas Lowry tribute concert: As a graduate of Pocatello High School, Douglas Lowry became a perfect example of the heights that can be achieved by a musician throughout his career. He served as the sixth head of the Eastman School of Music in 2007 and was named the first Joan and Martin Messinger Dean in 2011. Upon his passing of multiple myeloma in 2013, he was named the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean Emeritus and awarded an honorary doctor of music degree. The symphony will honor Lowry by presenting his works to Pocatello and show the legacy he had on Nov. 16.
5 Questions: Paul Sanchez, new director of the International Piano Series
(The Post and Courier 09/18/2016)
Pianist Paul Sanchez, a South Dakota native with an active career as a performer, composer, teacher and festival director, has joined the music faculty at the College of Charleston and assumed control of the International Piano Series.
He met his wife Kayleen, a singer, while both attended the in Rochester, N.Y. She has joined the college faculty as an …
(Cleveland Daily Banner 09/17/2016)
The recital will feature Lee University assistant professor of piano, Dr. Cahill Smith, as well as violinist Geoffrey Herd, violist Deanna Anderson, and cellist Heather Anderson. The program includes piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms.
Heather holds a bachelor of music in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with David Ying of the Ying Quartet.
Smith performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, including three programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, as well as venues in China, Ukraine, England, and Ireland. While pursuing his doctorate at Eastman School of Music, he received the Douglas Lowry award for excellence in performance, won the Eastman Concerto Competition, and was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Teaching as a graduate assistant. …
(Democrat and Chronicle 09/16/2016)
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra delivered again this week. In its season-opening concert, with works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Ron Nelson, the RPO conquered challenging pieces to great enthusiasm from the audience.
Nelson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Written in the course of his doctoral work at Eastman in the early 1950s, Savannah River Holiday debuted in 1955. This was just before West Side Story came on the scene in 1957, and you’ll hear the similarities. Many passages are evocative of that era of American exuberance and contemplation. The work is a beautiful homage to nature, alternating between power and serenity. Magical solos for clarinet, oboe, piccolo and trumpet punctuate the piece and showcase the orchestra’s individual and collective talent.
(Time Warner Cable News 09/16/2016)
The Eastman School of Music is looking to inspire Rochester City School District students by expanding the number of free concerts it offers.
The Eastman School last year offered free tickets to students for for of its six shows. The response was huge, with more than 700 students attending the series’ final show.
Eastman then decided to offer free access to Rochester City School District Students and their parents to all eight of this year’s shows.
“It’s really important for the international artists who would be performing at Carnegie Hall, Kodak Hall, Kennedy Center to come here as a part of the Eastman Presents Series, to really inspire the next generation of musicians and concertgoers,” said Keith Elder, the Concert Director for the Eastman School of Music.
Musical arts leaders to discuss creativity, leadership, vibrancy
Gates-Chili Post 09/16/2016)
Representatives from some of the most renowned and successful artist-led contemporary ensembles will discuss using creativity, leadership and vibrancy to enhance professional development from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
The one-day conference, titled “Innovate. Lead. Music.,” will feature Paola Prestini, executive and creative director of the Brooklyn performance space National Sawdust, as the keynote speaker.
Current and past members of ensembles and organizations, such as International Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Fifth House Ensemble, Chicago Philharmonic, Eastman BroadBand, the Ying Quartet, American Modern Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Kronos Quartet, San Francisco Conservatory and National Sawdust will discuss “Igniting Innovation: Supporting Creative Artists and Ensembles” and “Vibrant Musical Organizations: New Structures – New Paradigms.”
(Voice Tribune 09/15/2016)
Already, the nascent program has made waves. During the 2015-16 school year, the burgeoning YPAS guitar program had an opportunity to study and perform with four internationally acclaimed guest artists. Among them was the Thai guitarist and 2014 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Concert Artist Competition winner Ekachai Jearakul; Nicholas Goluses, professor of guitar at the Eastman School of Music; Silviu Ciulei, a GFA finalist and flamenco guitar virtuoso; and Phillip de Fremery, a curator of the Segovia legacy and a direct pupil of Andres Segovia.
‘Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band’ begins LCA concert series Sept. 22
Other LCA 2016-2017 season shows include:
— The Chicago Harp Quartet performs at 4 p.m. April 2. A relatively new group that was founded in 2012 has already found success at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and other venues around the world. The group, who all have master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, perform a variety of classical, jazz and traditional music on harps.
(The San Diego Union-Tribune 09/13/2016)
Stephanie Richards, trumpeter and UCSD music professor. …. She earned her bachelor’s degree from New York’s Eastman School of Music in 2004, …
Winners announced of annual Thousand Islands International Piano Competition
Two $1,000 second place awards went to Maria Parrini from Greenville, S.C., a Cleveland Institute student, and Alexander Kai-Yi Lo from Washington Township, N.J. He is a student at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester.
The $500 third place was presented to Nathan Cheung of Pleasanton, Calif., who is also an Eastman School of Music student.
Audience awards of $200 each went to Miss Parrini and Kevin Wang. Mr. Wang is completing his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music.
(Lockport Union-Sun & Journal 09/13/2016)
Rockwood earned a doctor of musical arts degree at the Eastman School of Music where she studied organ with David Higgs, harpsichord with …
Abigail Rockwood will give a recital of organ music written by Polish composers at …
Rockwood earned a doctor of musical arts degree at the Eastman School of Music where she studied organ with David Higgs, harpsichord with William Porter and piano with Tony Caramia. …
(The Eagle and Journal 09/12/2016)
The Coronado Public Library will kick off their annual Brown Bag Piano Concert Series on Friday, Sept. 9 at 12:30 p.m. A pianist of national and international acclaim, Toni James will perform. Ms. James won the Jury Prize at the International Emmanuel Durlet Prize for Piano Competition in Antwerp, Belgium as well as the Gold Medal at the Moray Piano Festival Competition. She has performed all over the world in recital and festival appearances in the UK, United States and Europe, following her debut at the British Embassy in Oslo, Norway.
At age 20, she was the youngest Scottish pianist to receive a Bachelor of Music in Performance with First Class Honours from the Royal Conservatoire, as well as the prestigious Post-Graduate Performer’s Certificate. Ms. James also holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she has recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature.
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