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Eastman festival pays tribute to Alfred Mann
By Helene Snihur
Alfred Mann

Alfred Mann, pictured above during his tenure as an Eastman School professor, will be honored during an upcoming Baroque music festival.

Concerts, lectures, and a tour of historic St. Michael’s Church highlight a four-day festival devoted to the life and work of Alfred Mann, the late Eastman School professor and world-renowned scholar of Baroque choral music and the history of music theory.
The Alfred Mann Music Festival—a collaboration of the Eastman School and Publick Musick —will be held Thursday, November 15, through Sunday, November 18, and features performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B Minor, two masterpieces closely associated with Mann and his work.
“Dr. Mann was tremendously respected as a scholar, but he was also beloved as a teacher by both colleagues and students,” says William Weinert, professor of conducting and ensembles and director of choral activities at Eastman. “He was brilliant, funny, and caring, and his integrity and enthusiasm had a huge impact on Eastman faculty and students.”
A prolific scholarly author, Mann was noted for his research on 17th-century Austrian composer Johann Joseph Fux and published two translations of Fux’s works. He also was a noted choral conductor; his recordings of Handel’s six Chandos Anthems in the 1960s were acclaimed by critics. In 1997, Mann became only the third American to be made an honorary member of the International Bach Society. Mann joined the Eastman faculty in 1980. He was appointed Professor Emeritus of Musicology in 1987 and remained active at Eastman until he moved to Indiana, where he died September 21, 2006.
Festival events, all of which are open to the public and some of which are free, will take place at the Eastman School and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, a stunning 1888 Gothic Revival church that was designed by prominent Chicago architect Adolphus Druiding.
Festival and ticket information is available online at or by calling (585) 586-0594.
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