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Remembering Tom Petty: ‘A new traditionalist’

Remembering Tom Petty: ‘A new traditionalist’

October 3, 2017

John Covach, director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music, remembers the pop and rock values of Tom Petty. “Petty was not a new waver after all, but rather someone moving forward by looking back.”

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Carillon bells restored after 40 years of service

Carillon bells restored after 40 years of service

September 8, 2017

The familiar sound of the bells in tower of Rush Rhees Library will be silenced for the next few weeks, while parts of the Hopeman Memorial Carillon are under restoration.

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Fanfare for the Common Student

Fanfare for the Common Student

August 30, 2017

Rachel Waddell, director of orchestral activities, conducts a brass and percussion ensemble composed of Department of Music students as they perform Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man to mark the beginning of classes. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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5 questions:  Meet new conductor Rachel Waddell

5 questions: Meet new conductor Rachel Waddell

July 21, 2017

Waddell joins the faculty of the Department of Music as the director of orchestral activities. She will teach and also conduct both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

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In the summer of 1967: <em>Sgt. Pepper</em> altered pop music industry

In the summer of 1967: Sgt. Pepper altered pop music industry

May 26, 2017

In an op-ed for Newsweek, Professor John Covach marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, noting that only the Beatles could have released such a musically adventurous and experimental work.

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<em>Sgt. Pepper’s</em> lasting impact, 50 years later

Sgt. Pepper’s lasting impact, 50 years later

May 22, 2017

“Ironically, an album that might not strictly speaking have been a concept album ended up being the most influential concept album in the history of rock music,” says John Covach, professor of music and director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music.

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If you build it, they will learn

If you build it, they will learn

May 5, 2017

How do you learn to play an instrument comprised of 50 bells that lives at the top of a library tower? Practice, practice, practice. A student team has finished building a new digital carillon that will allow students to learn to play tough pieces while hearing real carillon sounds.

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Going out with a bang

Going out with a bang

May 3, 2017

Students on River Campus celebrate the last day of classes with a performance by the chamber orchestra, conducted by David Harman, of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on the steps of Rush Rhees Library. The performance marked the final conducting appearance by Harman, who is retiring this semester. Richard Feldman, who is also retiring this year as dean of the college, performed the cannon solo.

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David Harman: A legacy of teaching music

David Harman: A legacy of teaching music

April 11, 2017

The longtime faculty member in the College’s music department—and champion for its programs—will retire as director of orchestral activities at the close of the spring semester.

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University jumps to No. 18 worldwide for performing arts

University jumps to No. 18 worldwide for performing arts

March 10, 2017

According to the 2017 QS World University Rankings released on March 8, eleven U.S. universities ranked in the top 25, with the University of Rochester No. 8 among them.

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