Eastman News Highlights December 26, 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.)

William Warfield Scholarship Fund to Hold 41st Annual Benefit Concert Featuring 2017-18 Recipient

(Minority Reporter 12/21/2017) 

The William Warfield Scholarship fund will hold its 41st annual benefit concert Jan. 7, in an effort to raise money for the scholarship fund, and to celebrate the legacy of Warfield, who was a prominent African-American soloist and recitalist at the Eastman School of Music.  

The concert will take place in the school’s Kilbourn Hall on Sunday, at 4 p.m., and feature this year’s award recipient, tenor Jonathan Rhodes.  

The fund was created in 1977, “to promote opportunity for deserving African-American artists who are pursuing a career in vocal performance through advanced training at the Eastman School of Music, and to promote the life and work of William Warfield,” a press release stated. 

O’Connor Band to perform at Eastman Theatre

(Monroe County Post 12/20/2017) 

The O’Connor Band will perform at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester. The band’s debut album, “Coming Home,” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s top bluegrass albums chart in 2016, and won best bluegrass album at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in 2017. 

Theater review: ‘Little Women’ at Blackfriars

(City Newspaper 12/20/2017) 

The recent Eastman School of Music graduate is a humorous force onstage, with an incomparable voice (so powerful, in fact, that her mic seems to have trouble keeping up with her vocals throughout the night). Current Eastman vocal student Natalia Hulse, who plays Beth, toned down her obvious talent … 

Jazz musician Dave Mancini returning to Albion

(The Daily News Online 12/21/2017) 

Appearing with him will be Rebecca Gilbert, principal flute with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Tigran Vardanyan, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, member of the Rochester Philharmonic and member of the faculty of Nazareth College and Oswego State College; Nick Weiser, who is … 

Theater: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre Center

(NJ.com 12/20/2017) 

Music director Charles (Chuck) Sundquist, who holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, is moving to Chicago and saying goodbye to the job he’s done for a quarter of a century and to the community he’s served in various capacities including being choral director for Mountain Lakes High … 

Valverde named Adams State Inclusive Excellence Liaison

(Valley Courier 12/25/2017) 

He serves on the board of directors for Tu Casa, and participated in the 2017 Unidos Equity Leadership Institute, presented by the Adams State Office of Title V. Valverde (Matthew) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He earned his bachelor’s … 

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