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.)
(Fox Rochester 03/21/2018)
The Eastman School of Music is celebrating a jazz pioneer this week with a special performance, in honor of her 100th birthday. Marian McPartland was the host of NPR’s Piano Jazz and had ties to Rochester. The show is called Eastman Presents: Marian McPartland Centennial Celebration. …
(7thSpace Interactive (press release) 03/23/2018)
Hong Kong (HKSAR) – A performance comprising piano classics and contemporary marimba works under the title “Our Music Talents Series: Elise Liu and Benjamin Liu Marimba and Piano Recital” will be presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in June. …
Benjamin Liu … After obtaining his Bachelor of Music at the HKAPA he furthered his studies in the United States with Natalya Antonova at the Eastman School of Music (Eastman) and obtained his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature in 2015. Liu is now in his final year of doctoral study at the Eastman. …
Elise Liu is studying percussion performance at the Eastman School of Music under the guidance of globally acclaimed percussionist and composer Professor Michael Burritt.
(City Newspaper 03/21/2018)
Versace, who recently joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, has played with John Scofield, Al Foster, Maria Schneider, and many more. The all-star quartet will be rounded out by Nate Radley on guitar and drummer Jared Schonig. The Loren Stillman Quartet with Gary Versace plays …
(Cleveland Scene 03/20/2018)
Organist David Higgs is visiting from the Eastman School of Music this week for a recital sponsored by St. John’s Cathedral and the Cleveland chapter of the American Guild of Organists. …, the popular virtuoso will put the Holtkamp organ through its paces with big works by Franz Liszt, Marcel Dupré, and Mendelssohn, in addition to a piece by Lakewood native David Conte and one of William Albright’s concert rags. The concert is free, but donations are welcome.
“Different Trains,” Steve Reich’s groundbreaking meditation on the Holocaust, will be the featured work in a recital Sunday by violinist and Lehigh faculty member Michael Jorgensen. … He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Florida State University.
Big welcomes to these new leaders
(Brooklyn Daily 03/22/2018)
Clinton Hill, Master of music
Let’s put out the mat for Dr. Donald Boomgaarden, the new president at St. Joseph College in New York. …
He is a musicologist and concert pianist, with many years of experience as an administrator in Catholic colleges. He was educated by the Jesuits and embodies a genuine love of the arts, and a love of learning. … He received his bachelor of arts from Texas State University and his masters and PhD from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. …
(San Francisco Classical Voice 03/20/2018)
The truly large work on the program was by Howard Hanson, one of the most distinguished of the large wave of American composers of Copland’s generation. To hear any work by Hanson in concert today is a rare treat, especially pleasurable here for his local connection. In 1916–1924, Hanson was a music teacher and dean at the College (now University) of the Pacific, then located in San José on what is now the Bellarmine school campus. He then became long-time director of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and it was there in 1930 that he wrote this concert’s work, the Symphony No. 2, “Romantic.”
Senior band celebrates 20th anniversary with major concert
(Denton Record Chronicle 03/22/2018)
On March 26, the New Horizons Band celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
“The best recruiters for the group have been the members themselves, so as more people have joined, the word has gotten out and the group has continued to grow,” said Debbie Rohwer, University of North Texas associate to the president, chief of staff and professor of music education.
Rohwer studied at Eastman School of Music, where she watched the success of Roy Ernst, the Eastman professor who created the program. Rohwer brought the program to Denton in 1998.
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