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A well-known figure in the University of Rochester community  has died. Paul Burgett died Wednesday after a brief illness, he was 72. 

Len Levasseur

This weekend, hundreds of musicians and music lovers will gather in Rochester for the 2018 Organ Historical Society (OHS) Convention. The OHS began in 1956 as a small group of young musicians who met in New York City to talk about locating and preserving historic pipe organs in the city. Since then, the society has grown from that small group to an international organization.

"I really love Rochester. I love the simplicity. I love the sense of neighborhood. I love the fact that it's common to speak to people on the street even if you don't know them."

So says retired music teacher Teryle (pronounced “TARE-il”) Watson, who possesses a birds’ eye view of music programs across the spectrum.  

Dresden Engle

Timing is everything. The announcement of an actual bricks, windows and door home for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame would have been the big surprise at any of the first six concerts honoring that year’s inductees.

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A former Eastman School of Music piano student is speaking out about his lawsuit alleging he was retaliated against when he rebuffed the sexual advances of a professor.

Joseph Irrera, who grew up in Batavia, now lives in the San Francisco area. But the 35 year old classical pianist says it’s been tough getting a teaching position, something he thought he was on track to do after pursuing his doctoral degree at Eastman.

Local Eastman student advances in St, Albans  Organ Competition

The quarter-final rounds of the St. Albans International Organ Festival Competition have just finished, and one of the Eastman students has advanced to the semi-final round.

Thomas Gaynor from Wellington, New Zealand is a doctoral student of David Higgs. Gaynor and the other seven semi-finalists will perform Tuesday at Christ Church Spitalfields in London, and at St Peter's Church in St Albans on Wednesday.

If Gaynor is one of the three organists selected to advance to the final round, he will perform again solo recitals at St. Albans Cathedral on Friday, and a concerto concert at St John's Smith Square in London on Saturday.

The First Prize Gold Medal Winner will receive a cash prize of £6,000 sterling, a concert tour of Europe, and concert management in the United States. The two-week festival wraps up this weekend. The next St. Albans International Organ Festival will take place in July 2019.

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The Rochester Table Top Opera will present a new version of Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder to raise awareness of child mortality and child poverty in Rochester.

We preview the performance and discuss how organizations throughout our community are working together to improve outcomes for children. Our guests:

  • Matthew Brown, professor of music theory at the Eastman School of Music, and founding member of the Table Top Opera
  • Chris Farnum, volunteer coordinator of the Backpack Food Program at First Unitarian Church
  • Laura Sugarwala, member relations manager for Foodlink

Eastman School of Music’s Professor of Lute Paul O’Dette and Eastman graduates Bob Ludwig, Maria Schneider, John Fedchok, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Martha Cluver, and Eric Dudley are among the nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards.

O’Dette and Stephen Stubbes are the conductors on the album Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe, which was nominated for Best Opera Recording.

Ludwig is the mastering engineer on Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes, which is up for Album of the Year. The recording also got a Grammy nod for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

The best television theme song ever might be the score for House of Cards, and the composer is an Eastman grad who is coming back to Rochester. Jeff Beal is responsible for the haunting score that has captivated the binge-watching House of Cards crowd (including the host of Connections). He and his wife, Joan, are very much a team in life and in work, and their partnership began when they met at Eastman 25 years ago. We'll talk House of Cards, composing for television, his history in Rochester, and the big public event that will cap off his trip and talk with Donald Hunsberger, professor emeritus of conducting at Eastman.

Celebrating Andre Previn at 85

Oct 10, 2014

A new work by André Previn will receive its world premiere by the Eastman Wind Ensemble this evening at the Eastman School of Music. “Music for Wind Orchestra: No Strings Attached” will be performed as part of a series of events this week celebrating Mr. Previn’s 85th birthday. The all-Previn program will feature several of the composer’s chamber music pieces, and  an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Rochester will be awarded to Mr. Previn during the concert.

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