Opera as Theatre: Anthony Davis on “Lear on the 2nd Floor”

Confusion, fear, panic, and loneliness are not uncommon emotions in opera. Add to the list aging, family dynamics, manipulation, suffering, madness, foolishness, order, vision, and loyalty, as inspired by the themes and character relationships in Shakespeare’s King Lear, and you have a compelling contemporary opera with a distinctly contemporary voice: Lear on the 2nd Floor,…

Wellness at Eastman: Alexander Technique and the Performing Artist

Wellness at Eastman is a monthly seminar series from Eastman Performing Arts Medicine (EPAM) featuring artists and clinicians speaking to physical and mental wellness for performing artists, inspired by the Healthy Conservatoires movement in Europe.  The next Wellness at Eastman seminar will be on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 6 p.m.: Alexander Technique and the Performing Artist, presented…

Sophisticated Timbres and Mysterious Sonorities from Student Composition Winner Zihan Wu

Tonight and next Friday night you’ll have two chances to hear new music by a talented young Eastman student composition winner, Zihan Wu. Tonight, October 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra premieres Zihan’s Three Songs after Japanese Haiku; next Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m., Musica Nova unveils her Seven Scenes After…

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Eastman Opera Theatre presents “Lear on the 2nd Floor” by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Anthony Davis: A Shakespeare-inspired opera about one woman’s struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

Kicking off our Eastman Opera Theatre (EOT) season on November 3-6, is Lear on the 2nd Floor (2013) – an opera inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis and libretto by Allan Havis. Directed by Steven Daigle and conducted by Timothy Long, the opera will take place in Kilbourn…

EWE Guest Conductor Brad Hogarth ’10E Reconnects with the Eastman Community

This Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. Brad Hogarth ‘10E returns as a guest conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. For the concert he’ll lead Kenneth Amis’ Driven! and an arrangement of William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony. (See below for more details about this concert.) Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Brad is the…

Ivan Trevino Returns to Eastman, with Joy and Gratitude

The Mexican American composer, percussionist, writer, educator, and arts advocate Ivan Trevino ‘06E, ‘10E (MM) has shared his music with audiences around the world, from Asia to South America to Madison Square Garden. On Wednesday, October 19, he’ll share his latest music with Eastman, when Mark Davis Scatterday conducts the Eastman Wind Ensemble, with Ivan…

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Eastman School of Music Announces 100 Centennial Awardees

The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, officially began its Centennial Celebration July 1, 2021. Eastman’s 100 years of history and 18-month-long celebration has included more than 50 new compositions, world premieres, and centennial fanfares written specifically for Eastman’s ensembles, Eastman’s illustrious faculty, and more. As part of Eastman’s centennial celebrations, the…

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Eastman Presents: October/November 2022 Concerts

Looking ahead to Eastman School of Music’s October and November Eastman Presents concerts, we are pleased to present a wide range of events featuring internationally accomplished guest artists. These concerts will be held in Eastman’s magnificent concert venues: Kodak Hall, Kilbourn Hall, and Hatch Recital Hall. Mike Stefiuk, Director of Concert Operations, shares, “Few things…

A Continuing Commitment: Eastman’s Recent Steps Towards Equity and Inclusion for All

This article was originally published in the Summer 2022 issue of Eastman Notes magazine. Efforts on behalf of equity and inclusion have been ongoing and continued priorities at Eastman. As we have “opened the doors” to our community for our centennial, we have also renewed our focus on these important topics. In spring 2020, Dean…