Eastman School of Music

Simple gifts

Thank you to Luna Galassini for filling in for me over my recent vacation.  I spent time with friends in Philadelphia, Princeton, and Bristol Harbor, and then had a week to get ready for winter, putting the garden to bed and sorting through a big basket of mittens and hats which now sits by the front door.  And rest!  I slept in every day!  Getting enough rest and being healthy is very important to me, and it was especially vital given the dramatic week that followed with the unexpected announcement that the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra wished to end its four-year contract with Music Director Arild Remmereit two years early. WXXI-FM listeners have expressed shock, anger, sadness, and hope that classical music lovers will work through this situation together to support our city’s great orchestra.  Our newsroom will keep you updated on the situation.

Viola After Dark - Saturday Night Fever

Violist and composer Kenji Bunch payed tribute to Robin Gibb with his last selection on the Viola After Dark concert last Saturday night at the Miller Center during the International Viola Congress in Rochester. The video below is too awesome to keep secret: 

Viola-mania

Got viola?

As I walked over to Eastman this morning to get some (iced) coffee, I saw a number of people with instrument cases. This week, of all times, I felt pretty safe in assuming that these cases were holding violas, and not violins.

Sing for your supper, sing for your life

Thank you for checking in.  Here’s some of the latest Rochester music news, mostly about singing contests.

ROCHESTER'S 2012 CLASSICAL IDOL

This year’s Classical Idol competition sparked a little controversy. More on that later.  

News, unfortunate scandal, and inspiration

RPO IN THE NEWS

Former RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman is returning to Rochester the first week of March to conduct the RPO, mark his 70th birthday, and to celebrate the release of the RPO’s latest harmonia mundi recording, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony and Serenade to Music.

Imani Winds, Classical Workouts, and Lovvvvvve


It’s only February, but a lot of really cool stuff is going to have to happen this year to knock the Imani Winds’s recent performance on Backstage Pass off my list of coolest things in 2012. You can watch the whole thing online right here:

Lotte Lenya Competition Auditions begin

The Lotte Lenya Competition is an internationally recognized theater singing competition sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music in Manhattan.  The Eastman School of Music will again host one of the live regional auditions as well as the finals of the annual Lotte Lenya Competition, giving local audiences plenty of opportunities to catch the rising stars of musical theater. 

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The Ying Quartet is in the house!

This is a big year for the Ying Quartet.  Tomorrow, they take part in the grand unveiling of the newly-refurbished Narzareth Arts Center, accompanying a new work by Garth Fagan Dance.  In October, they begin the complete Beethoven cycle, and Frank Huang gives his premier faculty Kilbourn Hall recital in November.  Today, the Ying Quartet return to Studio E, with a new line-up and a new sound. 
 

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