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In honor of his 85th birthday, the Harvard University radio station broadcast 10 hours of the work of composer Gardner Read '36E, '37E (MM). The program included a survey of Read's composing career, covering some 70 years. Several performances of his work were scheduled for February, including a February 15 performance of his Five Aphorisms for violin and piano by the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players. During the spring, the Nevelson duo of violin and piano from Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va., took Read's Six Intimate Moods on tour to more than 20 cities in the southeast United States.


John Weinzweig (Mas) writes: "My 85th birthday was celebrated with the premiere of my piece, Divertimento No. 12, commissioned by Symphony-Hamilton. Also, Furiant Records released a CD, 85th Birthday Retrospective, that features a piano concerto, Wine of Peace (dedicated to the U.N.), and two choral works, Hockey Night in Canada and Prisoner of Conscience (dedicated to Amnesty International)."


The Brighton (N.Y.) Symphony performed Elwyn Worden's Fanfare for Brass, a piece dedicated to and conducted by Eastman professor of trombone John Marcellus at its March concert. Worden played first clarinet in the Brighton Symphony wind ensemble's presentation of Strauss' Serenade for Winds.


In a concert coordinated by Kit Crissey '66, Angelo Frascarelli '53E (MM), '68E (DMA) performed at the Rensselaer County Council for the Arts on May 17.


Joseph Carlucci (DMA) reports the world premiere in April of his new composition, The Mystic Trumpeter, for solo tenor, solo trumpet, chorus and orchestra. The piece is based on a Walt Whitman text and was performed in Beaumont, Texas, where Carlucci is conductor emeritus of the Symphony of Southeastern Texas and retired Lamar University professor of music. . . . Sydney Hodkinson '57E, '58E (Mas), professor of composition at Eastman, is having an active year. A number of his works have received premieres, including Tilt: Un Gioco Burlesco for Orchestra, performed by the Rochester Philharmonic as part of its 75th Anniversary Season. Among other performances was his Kerberos for solo snare drum, performed at the Percussion Festival at the University of Akron (Ohio) last March, and works accepted for publication including Dance Overture for solo piano and Hammer for solo marimba. He reports that he'll be teaching composition and conducting several programs this summer at the Aspen Music Festival.


From 1968 to 1994, Ned Corman worked for the Penfield school district directing concert bands and jazz ensembles, according to a profile in an April 1998 Brighton-Pittsford (N.Y.) Post. Though retired from the district in 1994, Corman continues to work with music as director of the Commission Project, which sponsors composers and musicians who perform in local schools in order to raise interest in music education. The Commission Project celebrates its fourth anniversary this year.


John Beck '55E, '62E (MM), professor of percussion at Eastman, was honored with a concert last May to celebrate his 65th birthday and his contributions to percussion music. A Tribute to John Beck featured percussion compositions written by Eastman alumni and students, dedicated to Beck, and performed by the Eastman Percussion Ensemble (with Beck as primary soloist). Beck has been a member of the Eastman faculty and a percussionist/timpanist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1959.


Fortepianist Penelope Ball Crawford performed at Eastman's Kilbourn Hall on a restored Graf fortepiano last March. She also offered a free fortepiano workshop while in town. Crawford is a University of Michigan faculty member, a noted soloist and chamber musician, and she performs across the United States. Her new CD recording of Schubert's piano trios was due to be released in April. . . . John Wyre (see '71E).


Bob Ludwig (see After Words). . . . Johnny Russo was scheduled to have a CD released this spring. The new release, Wa Copenhagen Bound, was recorded with his band, the East Hill Music Group, and features René Mogensen '93RC (see '93 undergraduate for more on René) and David Remington '82E. Russo reports that his band, Mogensen, and Remington will perform at the Cornell University reunion over the summer. To order the new CD or for more information about the band, contact: The East Hill Music Group, P.O. Box 6875, Ithaca, NY 14850, Attn: Johnny Russo.


Bill Cahn (see '71E). . . . Angelo Frascarelli '51E, '53E (MM), '68E (DMA) (see '51 Eastman).


Geary Larrick's (MM) article, Chopin for Drums, was published in the January 1998 edition of GP Light, a Stevens Point, Wisc., publication. In a concert coordinated by Kit Crissey '66, Larrick performed on April 17 in the Pinery Room at the Portage Public Library.


Bob Becker '69E, '71E (Mas), Bill Cahn '68E, Russell Hartenberger, and John Wyre '63, members of the Canadian percussion group, Nexus, toured the American Midwest in February. Stops along the way included a performance with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, a workshop and concert at Fort Hays University in Hays, Kans., and a solo concert at the University of North Texas. . . . Trombonist Robert Kalwas was profiled in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle last February for his dual careers as music teacher in the Pittsford, N.Y., school district and free-lance musician performing in the Rochester area as part of such groups as the Monroe Brass and the Gap Mangione Big Band. Kalwas lives in Gates, N.Y., with his wife, Valerie Garabedian Kalwas '72E, and their son, Bill.


Ted Piltzecker (see Alumni Gazette, MR. GOOD VIBES).


Clement Reid's Nocturne was played in a program at the Washington State History Museum in June 1997 as part of an exhibit of traditional expressions of memory and mourning that had originated at Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. His piece, Stillness, for chamber orchestra, was premiered by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Stafford Miller conducting, in a concert of American composers in Seattle last November.


Paul Evoskevich (Mas) is professor of music at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., where he is director of jazz studies. Paul is also a staff writer for the Saxophone Journal and Jazz Player Magazine.


Dan Locklair (DMA) has a new CD, Holy Canticles, a collection of sacred and secular choral music recorded by the Bel Canto Co. and conducted by David Pegg. His Creation's Seeing Order (A Prelude for Orchestra) was performed in January by the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Uriel Segal, conductor. Locklair presented talks before the performances. The Avodah Dance Ensemble of New York City has recently performed a piece called Suit Yourself, choreographed by Linda Kent to movements from Locklair's harpsichord dance suite, The Breakers Pound.


David Remington (see '93 undergraduate).


Glenn Call '80E, '83E (Mas) e-mails: "I am recently back from teaching at Tong Myeong University of Information Technology in Pusan, Korea. I am the designated resident scholar of Tong Myeong Bul-weon (Cho-gye Buddhist Temple) in Pusan. Back home and living in Rochester now, I am teaching German at SUNY Buffalo and euphonium at SUNY Fredonia. I'm also working on my doctoral dissertation, Mahler and Wolf: Text Usage." . . . Kristen Shiner-McGuire received the Excellence in Teaching Award for a part-time faculty member at Nazareth College in Rochester. Shiner-McGuire directs the Percussion Ensemble and teaches percussion at the college.


John Cipolla has produced a flute duet book with a play-along compact disc of works by the 19th-century flute teacher Jean Louis Tulou. His Music Minus One recordings and instructional book of the Carl Baermann Method for Clarinet have been praised by educators throughout the United States. John was inducted into the John P. Stevens High School Hall of Honor for his musical achievements since high school. He presented a concert and clinic at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point on April 6 with crossover woodwind chamber trio Mozart on Fifth.


John Fedchock (Mas) has a new release, John Fedchock's New York Big Band: On the Edge, out on the Reservoir label.


William Eddins '83E, '86E (Mas), the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra's assistant conductor, was profiled in the 1998 African-American Conductors calendar, according to a report in was mentioned in an article published in the Youngstown, Ohio, newspaper, the Vindicator.


Fritz Gearhart '86E, '88E (MM) has accepted a new position starting in September at the University of Oregon School of Music at Eugene. Once there, he will be joining the Oregon Quartet, which has an ambitious performing schedule planned for next year. Gearheart's latest CD release, The Unpublished Manuscripts for Violin and Piano by American Composer Quincy Porter, was to be available in July on Koch International Classics and distributed through Tower Records.


Robin Kornblith Sneider writes: "My husband, Jonathan Sneider '91RC, won the 1998 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in Denton, Tex. last March." . . . Lisa Verzella (see '69 undergraduate).


Jeff Campbell was profiled in Messenger-Wolfe Publications in April. Campbell is assistant professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at Eastman and is completing work on a doctorate. His jazz group, The Jeff Campbell Quartet, played at Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, N.Y., last April. . . . Paul Stuart's (MM) opera, The Little Thieves of Bethlehem, was premiered by the Opera Theatre of Rochester last December. Opera News described it as "accessibly lyrical, tonal music [that] uses quasi-Arabic modes and rhythms and subtly incorporates traditional carol tunes." Selected music from Little Thieves was presented at the Kennedy Center last January. A CD recording of the opera is available.


Mark Rohwer (MM) and Debbie Ann Rohwer (MM) write: "Mark is head choir director at a 5A high school in Mesquite, Tex. Debbie is assistant professor of music education at the University of North Texas."

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