Eastman Wind Ensemble Performs World Premieres of Alumnus Allen Vizzutti’s Works in Eastman Centennial

August 19, 2021

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On Monday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Kodak Hall, the Eastman Wind Ensemble (EWE), under its director Mark Davis Scatterday, will present the world premieres and centennial commission, of Allen Vizzutti’s (‘74, ‘76 MM) River of Light, and the world premiere of his work Quasar.

The program also includes Howard Hanson and Mark Scatterday’s Centennial Fanfare No.2 and Joseph Schwantner’s From a Dark Millennium.

 “It is certainly my pleasure, as the conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and co-chair of the Eastman Centennial Committee, to welcome Allen Vizzutti back to Eastman for the first EWE concert of the year,” shares director Mark Scatterday. “Allen is certainly one of our most illustrious alumni, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in performance, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Faculty Quintet, and the coveted Artist Diploma. In 2014, Allen was the recipient of the Eastman School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award. The ultimate entrepreneur, Allen represents Eastman’s ideal of an artist, teacher, and professional.

On the EWE concert, Allen will be featured on a new work for trumpet and wind ensemble and will lead his most recent work “The River of Light,” both centennial gifts to the school. He will also direct a clinic for brass players during his stay, as well as other activities. We are so fortunate to have Allen Vizzutti back in Rochester to help kick-off Eastman’s Centennial!”

The Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Wind Orchestra will also be presenting the following concerts in the Fall Season:

  • Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. Eastman Wind Orchestra in Kodak Hall
    • Program includes Howard Hanson’s Chorale and Alleluia, Joaquin Turina/Reed’s La Procession du Rocia, Carlos Simon’s Sweet Chariot, Steve Danyew’s ’10 (MM) Lauda, and Tim Kloth’s ’78 Wings Extended; a centennial fanfare.
  • Wednesday, October 6, at 7:30 p.m. Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Wind Orchestra in Kodak Hall
    • Program includes Clifton Williams’ Fanfare and Allegro, Christopher Theofanidis’s ’92 (MM) I wander in a dream of my own making, Ron Nelson’s ’52, ’53 (MA), ’57 (PhD) Passacaglia Homage on BACH, Michael Gandolfi’s Vientos y Tangos, Omar Thomas’s Of Our New Day Begun, and Peter Mennin’s ’45 (MM), ’47 (PhD) Canzona.
  • Monday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Eastman Wind Ensemble performs the world premiere of a new work by Ivan Trevino ‘06, ‘10 (MM) in Kodak Hall
    • Sydney Hodkinson’s ’57, ’58 (MM) Six-Pack (Symphony No. 10), Bernard Rogers’s Three Japanese Dances, Jeff Tyzik’s ’73, ’77 (MM) Trilogy on Themes by Howard Hanson, and Michael Lee’s ’08 Centennial Fanfare; Fanfare for the Unspoken Heroes of Our Times.
  • Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. Eastman Wind Orchestra in Kodak Hall
    • Dana Wilson’s ’82 (PhD) Shortcut Home, Michael Titlebaum’s ‘91, ‘92 (MM) Lifelong Journey, Warren Benson’s The Solitary Dancer, and Karel Husa’s Divertimento for Brass and Percussion.
  • Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Eastman Wind Orchestra in Kodak Hall
    • Steve Danyew’s ’10 MM) Magnolia Star, Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas Music, Eric Ewazen’s ’76 A Hymn for the Lost and Living, and Joel Balzun’s ’15 (MM) Eastman Centennial Fanfare.
  • Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. Eastman Wind Orchestra in Kodak Hall
    • Howard Hanson’s Dies Natalis, David Diamond’s Hearts Music and John Corigliano/Davis’s Concerto for Clarinet with guest soloist Stephen Willamson ’91, principal clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

About The Eastman Wind Ensemble

The Eastman Wind Ensemble is America’s leading wind ensemble. Founded by Frederick Fennell in 1952, the ensemble became the pioneering force in the symphonic wind band movement in the United States and abroad. The ensemble has released more than 40 recordings; done major tours of the United States, Japan and the Far East, most recently a six-city, 12-day tour in Europe; and has been invited to perform at many festivals and music conferences. The ensemble’s latest CD, Sierra Live: Music by Roberto Sierra, earned praise from Fanfare magazine for performing the works “at the highest possible artistic level,” noting that the “skill with which these pieces are presented is all the more remarkable given that these are all live performances.”

About Allen Vizzutti

American trumpeter, composer, and music educator Allen Vizzutti ’74E, ‘76E (MM) earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, and an Artist’s Diploma from the Eastman School of Music. At home in a multitude of musical idioms, he has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, “Doc” Severinsen, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and many others. He has performed on more than 100 movie soundtracks, including Back to the Future and Star Trek.

Allen Vizzutti’s commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia. His Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method and New Concepts for Trumpet (Alfred Music Publishing) have become standard works for trumpet study.

About Ivan Trevino

Eastman alumnus Ivan Trevino ‘06E, ‘10EE (MM) is a Mexican-American composer, percussionist, writer, and arts advocate who has shared his music with audiences from Asia to South America to Madison Square Garden. He is a multi-award-winning recipient of the Percussive Arts Society’s International Composition Contest and has over 70 compositions and songs to his name. He was recently the featured composer on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Ivan is well-known as a drummer and songwriter with Break of Reality, an international touring cello rock quartet that has released four studio albums. In 2017, Ivan co-founded The Big Trouble with composer and percussionist Drew Worden; they received a Boston Foundation Artist grant in 2017 to record and produce their debut album. An active educator, Ivan is co-director of the Eastman Percussion Festival, has designed and taught courses as Eastman, and was a faculty member of Baylor University’s School of Music.

 

The three-semester-long Eastman Centennial celebration will begin in Fall 2021 and continues throughout 2022. Highlights include acclaimed guest artists performing alongside Eastman’s ensembles; national academic and music conferences; alumni events throughout the country; a documentary being produced in partnership with WXXI, and more. Pillar events include: “Opening of the Doors,” a community-driven celebration scheduled for March 3-6, 2022; “100 concerts to celebrate 100 years”; and a Meliora Weekend celebration in Fall 2022.

For up-to-date information on the Eastman Centennial, including feature stories, future events, videos, testimonials, ways to engage, and more, please visit our Centennial website at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/100.

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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.

More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. They are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Guggenheim fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community. Additionally, more than 1,700 members of the Rochester community, from young children through senior citizens, are enrolled in the Eastman Community Music School.

About the University of Rochester:

The University of Rochester is one of the nation’s leading private research universities, one of only 62-member institutions in the Association of American Universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives undergraduates exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the Memorial Art Gallery.