This summer, an ensemble of Eastman School of Music musicians is performing specially commissioned works to majestic locations during the National Park Service’s centennial year celebrations.
The Eastman School of Music and the Gateways Music Festival, which have partnered since 1995, have announced a new alliance that strengthens the organizations’ efforts to promote and increase diversity in the field of classical music.
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the University a $20,000 grant to support the Music in the American Wild project. Over the summer, seven Eastman musicians will perform the music of 11 Eastman composers in seven national parks.
The Avangrid Foundation has committed $400,000 to the project to renovate the historic space, and the Kenneth and Myra Monfort Charitable Foundation Inc. will contribute $300,000.
Named for the famed singer-actress, this year’s Lotte Lenya finalists represent a diverse range of performers, ages 21 to 31, from across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel.