Ned Rorem’s opera treatment of Our Town, the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder, will be presented by Eastman Opera Theatre April 9 through 12 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The production is the first in upstate New York since the opera’s professional debut at the Lake George Opera in July 2006.
Rochester’s Publick Musick will be joined by Boston-based soprano Shari Alise Wilson and organist Edoardo Bellotti for two performances of music from the early Italian Baroque period on Thursday, March 19, at the Memorial Art Gallery.
Associate professor of jazz studies Dariusz Terefenko and alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino ’14 will take their jazz duo on the road this spring, traveling to Poland in March to teach and perform, and to Brazil in June for a series of gigs.
From the archives: Philip Levine, former poet laureate of the United States, was a keynote guest when the Department of English’s Plutzik Reading Series celebrated its centennial in 2012. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet died Sunday at the age of 87.
Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, the performing arts ensemble Kodo will perform its “One Earth Tour: Mystery” program which evokes the mood of splendor and awe found in sacred places.
Rochester will be the second university to produce This situation, a piece by British-German artist Tino Sehgal. The piece is described as a “constructed situation” akin to a contemporary salon in which live interpreters discuss among themselves and with visitors such issues as the aesthetics of existence and the implications of moving from a society of lack to a society of abundance.
Two departments at the Eastman School of Music are collaborating on a celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication Primo Libro di Toccate in 1615 by Girolamo Frescobaldi. The five-day event will include lecture presentations, master classes, and performances of the composer’s seminal work.
O’Dette, professor of lute, won for Best Opera Recording, and Ludwig, alumnus and mastering engineer, took home three Grammys: Best Surround Sound Album, for his work on Beyoncé; Best Engineered Album Non-Classical, for Beck’s Morning Phase; and Album of the Year.
The Department of English has named N’jelle Gage and Guy Thorne of FuturPointe Dance the recipients of the 2014 Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award.
Distinguished American pianist and classical music legend Peter Serkin will perform with the Eastman School of Music’s Philharmonia orchestra under conductor Neil Varon on Saturday, Feb. 21,