Eastman Musicians Headed for International Festival in Italy

Note: Revised December 19, 2007

November 29, 2007

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International Music Festival Rehearsal

Eastman musicians are shown rehearsing in Cagliari, Sardinia, for an international music festival earlier this month. Composer and conductor Juan Trigos conducted the ensemble of Eastman students and recent alumni for the performance of Comala, a chamber opera by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, associate professor of composition at Eastman.

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A group of Eastman School of Music students and recent alumni traveled to Italy to perform in Festival Spaziomusica, an international music festival now in its 26th year.

The ensemble was in Cagliari, Sardinia, from Dec. 3 to 9 to perform two chamber operas: De Cachetito Raspado, by Mexican composer and conductor Juan Trigos, and Comala, by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, associate professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music.

The group included Andrew Brown, clarinet; Peter Fanelli, trombone; John Hain, percussion; Lucy Haslar, harp; Dieter Hennings, guitar; Deidre Huckabay, flute; Hanna Hurwitz, violin; Barbara Larson, saxophone; Florent Renard-Payen, cello; Baljinder Sekohn, percussion; and Arthur Williford, piano. The performances will be conducted by Trigos.

The international cast of singers for the operas included Gabriela Thierry and Oscar de la Torre from Mexico and Daniela D’Ingiullo and Maurizio Leoni from Italy.

The students’ performance in Italy was a collaboration of the Eastman School of Music, Associazione Spaziomusica, the Council for the Arts of Mexico, and the Undergraduate Student Association at Eastman. The project is part of “Eastman BroadBand,” an initiative by Zohn-Muldoon and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, associate professor of composition at Eastman, to promote international collaborations that showcase Eastman’s achievement in the field of contemporary music. Earlier this year, students participated in the Morelia New Music Festival in Mexico.

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