Celebrating EWE’s first foreign tourAugust 16, 2021
Exhibit displayed on the 2nd floor of Sibley Music Library, fall 2018–summer 2021; curated by David Peter Coppen.
First presented on the occasion of the 2018 Meliora Weekend at Eastman, when Eastman recognized the alumni of the classes of 1968 and 1978, this display recalls the East Asian tour undertaken by the Eastman Wind Ensemble in May and June of 1978, marking the EWE’s first concert engagements abroad.
The tour featured 25 concerts in five countries and the colony of Hong Kong, included public appearances and visits with music students in numerous cities, and yielded another commercial recording for the EWE’s discography: the live album Eastman Wind Ensemble in Japan, released by Toshiba Records.
Recounting the tour to the ESM Archivist in the fall of 2021, Dr. Hunsberger described the venture as a landmark, one that represented the culmination of all that the EWE had been doing in the 16 years following the end of Frederick Fennell’s EWE tenure. Further, the 1978 tour looked ahead to the Asian tours made regularly by the EWE between the years 1990 and 2002.
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Rayburn Wright Collection. Contains manuscript scores and parts for Japanese Folk-Song Fantasy (Box 5/4-5) and Verberations (Box 8/2-4) as well as two folders of documents on the Eastman Wind Ensemble East Asian Tour, 1978 (Box 17/6-7).
For further information, please inquire at the Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections department. Grateful thanks are hereby extended to Dr. Donald Hunsberger and to Professor George Sakakeeny for graciously making available documents from their personal collections.