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.)
(City Newspaper 03/28/2018)
If you’re not yet familiar with the music of George Walker, now is the perfect time to get acquainted. The composer and Eastman School of Music alumnus is celebrating his 95th birthday this year, and his alma mater will host a retrospective recital of his complete piano sonatas. The virtuosic motifs, restless rhythms, and insatiably creative energy behind Walker’s piano music is immediately captivating, if difficult to pin down stylistically. Twentieth century modernism and impressionistic atmospheres, jazz and Romantic flourishes alike intermingle. The first Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American composer, Walker wrote his brilliant second piano sonata while studying at Eastman. Pianist Redi Llupa will perform Walker’s five piano sonatas, with the composer’s son, Gregory Walker, joining in to perform Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1.
He has composed of over 400 published works…including 5 operas, 6 symphonies, 12 concerti, 9 string quartets, and 5 oratorios! … Adler has been awarded many prizes … In 1989 he received the Eastman School’s Eisenhard Award for Distinguished Teaching. …
(Westside News Inc. 04/01/2018)
Soprano vocalist Technical Sgt. Ashley Keeks is from Churchville, attended Churchville-Chili High School and studied at the Eastman Community Music School from 2000 to 2006. … This visit will serve as a homecoming of sorts for several members. Technical Sgt. Blakely Carroll-Rosengaft, a trumpeter in the Concert Band, attended Eastman from 2004 to 2006 for her Master of Music degree. … Other Eastman alumni in the Concert Band include percussionist Master Sgt. Adam Green (1994 to 1998), and clarinetists Technical Sgt. Brian Wahrlich (2002 to 2008) and Technical Sgt. Jeremy Klenke (2005 to 2007).
The performance at Kodak Hall will be unique, featuring collaborations with Eastman faculty members. Mark Davis Scatterday, Professor of Conducting and Ensembles at Eastman, will conduct the Concert Band in a performance of his work “La Salsa.” Following Scatterday, internationally-acclaimed percussionist and Eastman professor Michael Burritt, will rejoin the Concert Band after his recent performance in their Washington, D.C.-based Guest Artist Series. Burritt will perform the newly premiered “Pseudovector for Percussion and Wind Ensemble” by Eastman Assistant Professor of Music Theory Matthew Curlee.
Eastman International Piano Festival set for April 20-26
(Monroe County Post 03/30/2018)
The festival includes the Eastman Piano Competition, guest master classes and a performance by guest artist Murray Perahia through the Fernando Laires Piano Series.
The Eastman Piano Competition winner will receive the Douglas Lowry Award, named in memory of former Dean Douglas Lowry. He became the sixth head of Eastman in 2007, and was named the first Joan and Martin Messinger dean in 2011. The composer, conductor and academic leader was committed to raising the profile of Eastman events and special programs around the country, including New York City.
The award bearing his name is presented each academic year to a graduate student majoring in piano to recognize outstanding levels of performance and creativity and provide the recipient the opportunity to present a recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
(Eagle News Online 03/28/2018)
Earlier this winter the library began its third season collaborating with the Great Lakes Guitar Society to host performances by premier classic guitar musicians. The series showcases some of the top talent from across the country, including award-winning performers who live right here in Central New York. It also offers opportunities for performers at all levels of their careers, from young players to doctoral students to seasoned instructors from some of the best collegiate guitar programs.
Austin Wahl of Minneapolis, Minnesota will perform. Wahl began studying classical guitar at age five and has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a performer’s certificate, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where he is currently a doctoral student. Wahl has won top prizes in numerous guitar competitions and performed in masterclasses …
(News Radio 1310 KLIX 03/28/2018)
The College of Southern Idaho is offering Magic Valley high school students the chance to be part of the first ever high school honor band. The course will feature guest conductor Dr. Mark Davis Scatterday, Professor of Conducting at the Eastman School of Music and conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and take place on … (Also reported by Twin Falls Times-News)
(Baylor University 03/29/2018)
Lyceum Series − Baylor School of Music will host Michael Burritt, professor of percussion at the Eastman School of Music and one of the world’s leading percussion soloists; Doug Perkins, chamber musician and soloist who serves on the percussion faculty at the Boston Conservatory; and Ivan Trevino, …
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