Eastman News Highlights October 17, 2016

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.)

Making melodies and memories

(The Cross Timbers Gazette 10/16/2016) 

“I came to Double Oak with my family in 1988,” said Guyer High School’s Band Director Amy Woody. With the exception of college years at Baylor University and the prestigious Eastman School of Music, she has been anchored in southern Denton County for the last 28 years. … 

She received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor four years later, then completed a clarinet performance Master’s Degree from Eastman in Rochester, N.Y. 

‘Peace on Earth’ First-of-its-kind concert to benefit Peace Garden Foundation

(The Daily News Online 10/15/2016) 

“Peace on Earth” will star the Irrera Brothers, pianist Joe and violinist John, both 2000 graduates of Batavia High School and … 

The Irreras both received their doctorates in musical arts from the Eastman School of Music in 2014, marking the first time in Eastman’s 93-year history two siblings have graduated in the same year, both with doctorate degrees. Besides performing together and as soloists, the brothers have served on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Community Music School. 

Harpist Megan Ward featured artist at weekend concerts in Port Angeles, Sequim

(Peninsula Daily News 10/14/2016) 

Ward began taking piano lessons at the age of 3, according to the release, and picked up the harp at the age of 10.  

She later studied at the Eastman School of Music in Upstate New York, where she earned degrees in harp performance and music theory. 

Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale” to be staged Oct. 14 at Clark 

(Telegram 10/13/2016) 

The performance, presented by Clark University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, will also feature actor Jason Asprey (narration), guest musicians Mikhail Kopelman (violin) and Julian Milkis (clarinet), and Kustanovich (piano).  

Kopelman, professor of violin at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, is “an incredible violinist, top-notch,” Kustanovich said. “He was interested because never in his life has he played this piece and he always wanted to play this piece.” 

AmiciMusic plays ‘The French Connection’ in October

(The Mountaineer 10/12/201) 

The performers for the concert are cellist Franklin Keel and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser. Mr. Keel is well-known to Asheville audiences, having grown up in the area before going to Eastman School of Music. 

Son of ex-bugler to sound Call to Post at Far Hills Race

(NJ.com 10/12/2016) 

Mark Tarentino, his dad and his grandfather, Connie Tarantino, were each musicians and earned High School All-State Orchestra honors as trumpet players. Michael Tarentino attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music at Rochester University in New York. 

Mercury Chamber Orchestra to replace FWSO in Angelina Arts Alliance lineup

(KTRE 10/11/2016) 

Arts Alliance staffer, Ginger Trotter explained, “We needed an exceptional orchestra, with the finest musicians and a stellar reputation, willing to create a program that would accommodate our vocalist, Lufkin’s own Hannah Grace Roberts, and if at all possible, able to perform on the evening of October 25th. We are thrilled to announce that the award-winning Mercury Chamber Orchestra is a perfect match for our criteria and will perform at the Temple Theater on Tuesday October 25th at 7:30 pm.” 

Hannah, a classically trained soprano, was one of the first Lufkin-area students to receive the Jane Ainsworth Scholarship from the Angelina Arts Alliance. It has been a goal of the Angelina Arts Alliance to have a scholarship recipient come back and perform, and with this symphony performance, October 25th became the perfect opportunity. Hannah went to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for her undergraduate degree in vocal performance, then to Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York for her Master degree, also in Voice Performance.

Dan Morgenstern: The harpsichord builder

(The Durango Herald 10/09/2016) 

“My grandfather was a White Russian peasant orphan from Belarus,” he said. “My grandmother was from Bialystok, which is in Poland. She wanted her children to have everything she didn’t, – culture, art, music, the finer things in life.” 

The Morgenstern matriarch succeeded. Her children all embraced the arts. Son Elliott, Dan Morgenstern’s father, played the French horn and earned a performance certificate from the Eastman School of Music before advancing to … 

Morgenstern married a beautiful soprano, Polly, from Maine, while both were undergraduates at Eastman. After graduation, the young couple moved to Boston, … 

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