Eastman News Highlights November 6, 2017

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.)

Opera review: Eastman Opera Theatre’s ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’

(City Newspaper 11/03/2017) 

Eastman Opera Theatre continues to impress with presentations brimming with excellent singers and professional production values. This time around, it was Claudio Monteverdi’s final opera “L’Incoronazione di Poppea.” Performed in Italian with English supertitles, this production of “The Coronation of Poppea” at Kilbourn Hall was also notable for its use of period instruments, and for the musical direction by Paul O’Dette, who led the chamber orchestra from his chair as theorbo player. With firm tempi and an ear toward authenticity, Odette and company were not merely steady collaborators: the instrumentalists were at all times sensitive to the phrasing of the singers, and their coordination with one another was impressive. … 

It was clear from the start that there was no such thing as minor characters in stage director Stephen Carr’s production. Given voice by strong singers, the minor roles got to shine. Soprano Natalia Hulse possessed a refreshing, bright tone as the spritely yet resolute Amore; the robust, booming bass of James McCarthy was ideal for the stoic might of Mercurio; and Tyler Cervini and Henry Dean provided delightful comic relief as two soldiers. 

San Juan Symphony navigates the new world

(The Durango Herald 11/4/2017) 

At the heart of the next San Juan Symphony concert is a serenade that may have been a marriage proposal.  

Howard Hanson’s “Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings” was composed in 1945, the year he met and fell in love with Margaret Nelson. Hanson dedicated the piece “To Peggy,” and a year later, the two married. The socially shy Hanson essentially admitted the serenade was his declaration of love. 

The work is rich in the neo-Romanticism Hanson was known for. Of Swedish ancestry, Hanson lived to be 85, with a long career as an American composer and music educator. He capped his distinguished career as the director of the Eastman School of Music. And, as Music in the Mountains audiences know, Hanson’s compositions have found a prominent place in many concert halls – indoors and out. 

Teen organist prepares for second pipe organ festival performance

(Kilgore News Herald 11/03/2017) 

Henry Webb is officially a freshman in college, … Since last year’s concert, Webb has started the organ study program at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. 

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher to Perform

(Patch 11/06/2017) 

…, and in 1995 he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award. 

Stephanie Adlington presented by Rudy’s Jazz Room

(NowPlayingNashville 11/06/2017) 

Stephanie Adlington is a working singer, songwriter, actress, and vocal coach with a passion for learning and teaching. As a graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music … Additionally, she attended The Eastman School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University. 

ASO to highlight Principal Trumpet, Christopher Sala in November 17-18 performance

(Eye On Annapolis 11/05/2017) 

Christopher holds his Bachelor’s in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from … 

Organist Amanda Mole to perform recital at Binghamton church

(Press & Sun-Bulletin 11/02/2017) 

Mole hails from Holden, Massachusetts and is currently a doctor of musical Arts candidate studying with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. In 2011, 

Vermont chamber music showcased this weekend

(The Times Argus, 11/02/2017) 

Of Vermont’s top pianists, Huling of Cabot is the only one who can be called a real romantic. …, Huling earned performance degrees in piano from the Eastman School of Music, … 

Kingwood Big Band to perform with guest trombonist

(Chron.com 11/01/2017) 

The Big Band will perform with renowned trombonist and Grammy-nominated arranger John Fedchock. … Fedchock holds a master’s degree in jazz studies from Eastman School of Music in Rochester and his name appeared in Downbeat Magazine’s reader’s poll of outstanding trombone players for several years. 

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