Four trombone students have been chosen to represent the Eastman School of Music in a concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 31. The Amendous Quartet is made up of Ben Dettelback, Nick Crane, Jack Courtright, and Gabriel Ramos, all Bachelor’s of music students at Eastman.
Their performance is part of the Conservatory Project, a series that showcases outstanding young musicians from around the country. The event presents talented artists in classical music, jazz, musical theater, and opera from the nation’s leading conservatories and music schools.
“All of us at the Eastman School of Music are honored to continue our partnership with the Kennedy Center,” states Jamal Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean at the Eastman School of Music. He continues, “We hope audiences will be enriched enjoying the performance of four of our talented, committed, and inspired students.”
The Eastman School was one of eight founding participants of the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project when it was launched in 2004, and student musicians have represented the school in front of Washington, D.C., audiences for several additional years after.
The Quartet will be performing Antonio Carlos Jobim’s No More Blues, Claude Debussy’s Trois Chansons (arrangement by Michael Levin), Sam River’s Beatrice, (arranged by Jack Courtright), Giovanni Gabrieli’s Sonata for Four Trombones, and Derek Bourgeois’ Trombone Quartet, Op. 117.
“As Eastman School trombone faculty, we feel most fortunate that our students will be representing our studio and our school at this prestigious event,” Mark Kellogg and Larry Zalkind, Trombone Faculty at the Eastman School of Music.
About Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.
About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division—about 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Six alumni and three faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, as have numerous GRAMMYÒ Awards. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 700 concerts to the Rochester community.