Eastman News Highlights December 11, 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.)

LIVE from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio! Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet, Dec. 8th at 12 …

(WRTI 12/05/2017) 

The saxophonists of Project Fusion are all classically trained musicians, and met as students at the Eastman School of Music. They’ll share their story … Project Fusion includes: Dannel Espinoza, soprano sax; Matt Amedio, alto sax; Michael Sawzin, tenor sax; and Matthew Evans, baritone sax. …

Cello/rock quartet Break of Reality bridges gap between past, future of classical music

(The Spokesman-Review 12/07/2017) 

Break of Reality came to be after founding member Patrick Laird (cello) asked a few fellow students at the Eastman School of Music to perform rock charts he arranged. The group’s first gig was sans percussion, but soon after Laird asked percussionist Ivan Trevino to join the band. “At first, we were a … 

Bach Consort goes full-fanfare in a crisp if orchestrally weak “Christmas Oratorio”

(Washington Post 12/10/17) 

Dana Marsh, director of the historical performance program at Indiana University Bloomington, conducted the four soloists, chorus and some 28 instrumentalists. 

Marsh’s background is rich, spanning childhood experience as a chorister at St. Thomas Choir School in New York and Salisbury Cathedral in Britain, plus degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Oxford. He is a superb choral conductor, energetic and precise. Diction was superb throughout the … 

CLASSICAL | Musica Nova

(City Newspaper 12/6/2017) 

Hailing from the Second Viennese School, composers Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern were lions of 20th century modernisms, championing serialism and a groundbreaking approach to harmony and dissonance. This Sunday, the Brad Lubman-led ensemble Musica Nova will interpret these twin titans of atonality at the Eastman School of Music. The student group will perform Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 and Webern’s “Five Pieces for Orchestra,” as well as contemporary composer Dieter Mack’s 2007 work, “Kammermusik V.” Mack’s stylistic approach is both sparse and evocative, resulting in music that is simultaneously beautiful and opaque. Mack will be present to conduct his work as a special guest; Vicky Shin will also conduct. 

Frost welcomed big, booming sounds for the Trombone Choir

(The Miami Hurricane 12/04/2017) 

Jessica Hawthorne, a second-year doctoral student for trombone performance, then took the podium to conduct an arrangement of a scene from Wagner’s “Die Walküre,” an opera best known for its famous “Ride of the Valkyries” excerpt. … 

Hawthorne explained that her love for the trombone choir stemmed from her time at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, which has a very highly acclaimed trombone studio founded by Emory Remington, a famed trombonist and music educator. Remington founded the first ever trombone choir at Eastman in 1941. 

Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) On How The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Informed Her Life

(Norfolk Chamber Music Festival 12/05/2017) 

It’s been over a decade since Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Chamber Music Session, and she’s still close to the quintet she played with that summer. Not bad for a group that was randomly formed by the Eastman School of Music faculty when they were first-years.

They called themselves Destino Winds. “It was as if we were put together by destiny,” Yoo says of the name. “Historically, these groups don’t stay together. We were the only first-year quintet that stayed together all four years.” 


(Florida Weekly 12/07/2017) 

March 18: John Rutter’s jubilant and powerful “Gloria,” with brass, timpani, organ and choir. ¦ April 8: Three winners of the annual Cochran Prize from the Eastman School of Music. … 

Akron Civic Theatre announces 2018 All-City Musical: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

(cleveland.com 12/04/2017) 

Production newcomers include Director Connor Bogart O’Brien and Musical Director … 

“I couldn’t be more excited to direct the All-City Musical, said O’Brien in a news release. “I have always enjoyed working with kids, and reminding them that the process should be as enjoyable as it is productive.” A classical violinist since age five, O’Brien studied opera at the Eastman School of Music in … 


Orchard Park Chorale  

David Hahn was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orchard Park Chorale in 2017. He brings energy, versatility, and a plethora of conducting experience to the position, having conducted both choral and orchestral ensembles at the Eastman School of Music (Eastman Chorale, Eastman Repertory Singers, Eastman/UR Women’s Chorus, Graduate Conducting Orchestra, Bach Cantata Concert Series), … 

David holds the Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music and the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice/Sacred Music from … 

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