Eastman News Highlights August 8, 2016

Here are some select recent clippings showing the variety of hits/mentions identifying musicians and scholars as Eastman School of Music alumni, faculty or students. (Note: Some links may have expired.)

Musicians harmonize with nature for outdoor audiences — including snakes

(The Seattle Times 08/05/2016)

SAN JUAN ISLAND NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK — A snake came to visit, and inchworms, too, glissading on gossamer silk, right into the percussion section.

But they only added to the magic, as the ensemble of musicians started to play under the shade of massive, old big leaf maples. In celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service, the musicians are performing all new works by composers that evoke and are inspired by the sounds and experience of nature.

The eleven composers and seven musicians — on flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello and percussion — all are from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, New York.

The players began their scheduled Music of the American Wild tour in national parks back east in June and now are on tour in all three Washington national parks this month, concluding with a performance at the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rainforest. (Also reported The News Tribune, Peninsula Daily News, KUOW, Boise State Public Radio, southsoundtalk.com)

Remembering and Reviving Kàlmàn

(The Boston Musical Intelligencer 08/05/2016)

This week I am attending the third annual symposium on “Taking Light Opera Seriously” in the pleasant college town of Wooster, OH, where the College of Wooster has hosted “America’s premier lyric theater festival” for 38 years now. It began purely as a Gilbert and Sullivan festival under the direction of the late James Stuart, a faculty member of the college who had enjoyed an active career on the musical stage himself. Eventually he began adding classic European operettas such as those of Offenbach and Strauss (in translation). More recently, under the artistic direction of Steven Daigle, who is head of the Eastman (School of Music) Opera Theater program, the festival has also included American operetta and musical theater works that have become classics. Still more recently, significant shows of the early 20th-century American musical theater—by the likes of the young Jerome Kern and George Gershwin—have been added to the recipe.

St. Timothy’s concert to showcase young Montana talent

(The Montana Standard 08/05/2016)

The Young Montana Musicians Spotlight concert will feature performances by Stephanie Anderson on trumpet, Breana McCullough on viola, and Prismatic Duo — Erin Equall and Cami Kohler — on piano and violin. All four are Bozeman natives who study music in Montana and across the country.

Stephanie Anderson attends the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York under the tutelage of trumpeter, James Thompson. Anderson was a featured performer on NPR’s From the Top, recorded at Big Sky last fall. (Also reported by The Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

The Rodger Fox Big Band with the NZSO

(Scoop.co.nz (press release) 08/03/2016)

Special Guest from the USA Trumpeter Extraordinaire ALLEN VIZZUTTI …

In keeping with the big bands tradition international trumpet star Allen Vizzutti has been secured as the tours special guest. Allen Vizzutti is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and is equally at home in both the classical and jazz styles. In the jazz style Allen performed with the famed Woody Herman Thundering Herd and Chick Corea.

Madeleine Mitchell on becoming a complete violinist

(The Strad 08/02/2016)

Know what all the words mean!  I was once caught out by Sylvia Rosenberg (whose graduate assistant I became at the Eastman School of Music when I was Fulbright Fellow to New York), not knowing what ‘morbidezza’ meant in Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso…

CONCERT REVIEW: String and woodwind set adrift on eclectic bliss

(Spalding Guardian 08/01/2016)

The Trio Alexander, Americans Caroline Sonett (flute), Adam Paul Cordle (viola) and Caythorpe Heath harpist Rosanna Moore, laid out a diverse and mould-breaking mix of compositions by Frenchmen Claude Debussy and Jacques Ibert, Welshman William Mathias and American Michael Frazier.

The three musicians all met at New York’s Eastman School of Music whose alumni includes American soprano Renee Fleming, jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe, the late American conductor Frederick Fennell and actor Lance Reddick, probably best known for his role as Lieutenant Cedric Daniels in US TV crime sries The Wire.

“I started my Masters’ degree in music at Eastman in 2012 and I decided to stay on for a Doctorate,” Rosanna said.“Then these two lovely people, Caroline who was doing her Masters’ degree and Adam who was coming back to start his Doctorate at the same time as me.


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