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.)
Gateways Music Festival celebrates black composers, players
(Democrat and Chronicle 08/06/2017)
Coming up this week is a Rochester staple festival celebrating a community of people rich with culture and a resounding artistic identity.
The Gateways Music Festival, a celebration of peoples of African heritage in classical music, will bring together 125 musicians from across the country … pianist Armenta Adams (Hummings) Dumisani founded the biennial festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1993. She said then that its mission was to showcase classical musicians of African descent, inspire musicians of African descent and provide powerful role models.
The festival moved to its current home in Rochester in 1995, following Dumisani’s move to the Eastman School of Music.
Gateways, which is holding its 24th celebration, has a new president and artistic director — longtime board member Lee Koonce — and an official partnership with the Eastman School of Music. This spells a bright future for a festival that directors and musicians describe as a truly communal experience’ (Also reported by City Newspaper)
Growlers, No Exit at the Black Dog on August 5
(Jazz Police 08/04/2017)
Jack Courtright (trombone) is a 2015 graduate of Apple Valley High School where he performed with a long list of ensembles as well as three years with the Dakota Combo. Now entering his third year at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY (Trombone Performance and Jazz Studies), Jack has already distinguished himself by winning the International Trombone Association’s 2016 Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition. He spent this last summer performing on the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship on its run from Boston to Bermuda.
Symphony Spotlight: Herb Smith
(Community Idea Stations 08/05/2017)
In addition to his orchestral work, Herb is the leader of his own jazz quartet, trumpet instructor at the Eastman Community Music School, and an composer/arranger. …
Abendmusik pulls out stops for 45th season
(Lincoln Journal Star 08/04/2017)
Youth Masterworks Festival Concert, … Guest clinician William Weinert from New York’s Eastman School of Music leads four of Nebraska high school choirs and two Lincoln high school orchestras in a concert of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” and George Frideric Handel’s “Coronation Anthems.”
(City Newspaper 08/02/2017)
As part of its “Summer @ Eastman” program, the Eastman School of Music will present a rare concert on Thursday, highlighting Mexican music written for the salterio, or hammered dulcimer. The featured performers include the salterio group Duo Dulcemelos — Alejandra Barrientos and Hector Larios — along with their two sons, pianist Mitzie Collins, and the Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble. The majority of the compositions on the program were written during the 19th and 20th centuries. While the dulcimer is well-known as a mainstay in Appalachian folk music, its prominence in Mexican music may be less familiar to some — which makes this concert all the more special.
Fairport church turns to partnership as means of survival
(Democrat and Chronicle 08/01/2017)
In recent years, the church has already served as a venue for performances by local theater groups and a variety of music ranging from classical and jazz, to rock ‘n’ roll.
Celleste Pellegrino, a recent graduate of Eastman School of Music who sings in the church choir, said she thinks the space is perfect for the project.
White Mountain Music Festival Grand Finale Is Tribute To Kendall Betts
(Caledonian Record 08/05/2017)
Guest artists, in addition to Bernhard Scully, include horn player Lauren Becker, violinist Curt Macomber, oboeist Kemp Jernigan, and pianist Reiko Uchida.
Lauren holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the 2013 Teaching Assistant Prize for excellence in collegiate teaching.
Native son returns to Charlevoix for special duet concert
(Petoskey News-Review 08/04/2017)
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts will host Charlevoix native Dr. Mark Gallagher and Brent Weber at …
Clarinetist Gallagher is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music … He also has a Master of Music in Performance and Literature with a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
College Planning for Musicians: Panel Chat at Pequot Library
Join Pequot Library and Music for Youth in a panel discussion uniquely tailored to students who want to continue their music studies in college on …
The evening’s moderator is Candace Channing, founder of Channing College Consulting. Ms. Channing is an internationally acclaimed flutist and master flute instructor who is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, with a bachelor’s degree in flute performance and literature, and a concentration in psychology.
Milwaukee Native Michael Torke Connects Music With Color
(Wisconsin Public Radio News 08/02/2017)
Torke, born in 1961 in Milwaukee and graduate of Wauwatosa East High School, went on to study music at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music in New York and Yale University. …
Calendar: Things to do on the shoreline
(Shoreline Times 08/01/2017)
Benjamin Henderson, will present a concert spanning three centuries of organ music, … Henderson is pursuing a degree in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Nathan Laube.
Hear Schubert song cycle at Honest Brook concert
(Press & Sun-Bulletin 08/01/2017)
Schubert’s song cycle “Winterreise” will be performed at … by baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Reiko Uchida at the Honest Brook Music Festival in Delhi.
A native New Yorker, Meglioranza graduated from Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music. He is a visiting artist in voice at the Longy …
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