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.)
(Broadway World 05/06/2018)
About the Artists
Praised by critics for his poetic and lyrical style, Jiyang Chen made his concerto debut at the age of seventeen, graduated from New York University and the Eastman School of Music, and has earned acclaim in his dual career as a concert pianist and portrait photographer.
Igor Lipinski is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Oklahoma, a frequent orchestra and recital soloist, and a graduate of Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music.
Johnandrew Slominski, DMA, joined the Linfield College faculty in 2017. He earned four degrees and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He appears worldwide and records for Centaur Records and Soundset Recordings.
(Democrat and Chronicle 06/29/2018)
For nearly 100 years, the Eastman School of Music’s Community Music School has provided instruction to more than 60,000 students of all ages, and our Eastman Pathways program provides generous scholarships to RCSD students to join this program.
(WXXI News 06/25/2018)
The performance is a collaboration between the Eastman School of Music and the German Federal Jazz Orchestra, BuJazzO. The orchestra will perform new compositions for archival films from the vaults at the George Eastman Museum. (Also reported by WXXI News)
(City Newspaper 07/02/2018)
This year’s lineup includes a number of wonderful documentary biopics paying tribute to great artists like Rat Pack crooner Sammy Davis Jr., with Opening Night film “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”; renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman in “Itzhak,” with a screening preceded by a short concert featuring students from the Eastman School of Music; and “Love, Gilda,” a touching documentary about the life of the late, great comedy legend Gilda Radner.
(City Newspaper 07/03/2018)
After 18 years together and four CDs, drummer Rich Thompson, trumpeter Clay Jenkins, and bassist Jeff Campbell have the kind of simpatico musicians envy. Maybe it’s because they also work together as professors at the Eastman School of Music. At Kilbourn Hall they’ll be playing original tunes and standards and some lesser known tunes by well-known artists, like John Coltrane’s “Just For The Love.” The friends referred to are two of Rochester’s best: guitarist Bob Sneider and Charles Pillow, saxophone and other woodwinds.
(City Newspaper (blog) 06/25/2018)
Eastman School of Music professor Bill Dobbins has had such a rich musical life that he can reach back through the decades and come up with a fascinating program. At Hatch Hall Sunday evening, Dobbins revisited some preludes for piano that he wrote between 1991 and 2001. If you think that sounds too classical for a jazz festival, think again. His influences in these compositions were all over the place, from Russian composers, like Scriabin, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev, to jazz greats, like Ellington, Strayhorn, and Clare Fischer, a particular favorite of Dobbins. What he took from these influences was filtered through his late-20th century sensibility.
2 from SUNY Geneseo have upcoming shows at Rochester Jazz Festival
(The Livingston County News 06/26/2019)
Saxophonist Bill Tiberio, the jazz ensemble instructor at SUNY Geneseo, will appear four times – two shows tonight with his own Bill Tiberio Band, and then two shows June 27 leading the Music Educators Big Band
The group traditionally performs in December and May at Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall – the group is based at the Eastman School of Music – and also on …
Eastman student receives jazz fest scholarship
(Monroe County Post 06/26/2018)
Grant Le, of Chicagoland, received the 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival/Eastman School of Music Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarship.
The program is sponsored by XRIJF producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona and funded by proceeds from the annual festival. XRIJF has donated almost $500,000 to Eastman School of Music for the annual scholarship program that helps young musicians. To date, 40 scholarships have been awarded since 2002.
The awards are part of the festival’s mission to invest in the next generation of musicians and support students attending Eastman School of Music.
Keuka Lake Music Festival opens with July 14 Gala
(Wellsville Daily Reporter 07/05/2018)
A passionate chamber musician, Carmen Johnson-Pájaro performed extensively with her honors piano trio, Trio Noir, while at The Eastman School of music.
Violist Alexander Peña is Director of ROCmusic, a music education program that offers instruction to at-risk youth in disadvantaged communities in Rochester. His non-profit collaborative, an El-Sistema-inspired program, is a partnership between Eastman, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Hochstein, Eastman Community Music School, City of Rochester, the Rochester City School District, and the Gateways Music Festival.
Daniel Ketter teaches cello and chamber music at Hochstein and co-directs the Eastman Cello Ensemble. This summer, Daniel will be teaching music theory at Eastman, presenting at the Eastman Leadership Academy and Eastman Cello Institute, and returning to North Cascades National Park Complex with the American Wild Ensemble for a series of performances and educational events.
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