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Rochester Review
November–December 2012
Vol. 75, No. 2

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Eastman School of Music


Lester Lehr (MM), founding conductor and music director of the Sacramento Symphonic Winds, is music director and coproducer of the operetta Oh Mr. Sousa!, based on the life of John Philip Sousa.


Bassist Tony Levin joined the North American tour of musician Peter Gabriel this fall. The “Back to Front” tour commemorates the 25th anniversary of the release of Gabriel’s album So. Levin first played with Gabriel in 1977 on Gabriel’s debut solo album.


Geary Larrick (MM) writes that he performed a piano recital in July in Stevens Point, Wis., that consisted of “12 of my own compositions, as well as a tribute to African-American composers.” He adds that he’s played snare drum in the Grenadier Band since 1991.


Ron Wagner writes: “After living in Japan for three years playing percussion for the Cirque du Soleil show Zed, I have been living in Los Angeles and performing as a percussionist for the Hollywood Cirque production Iris: A Journey Through the World of Cinema. Film composer Danny Elfman wrote the music score.”


Stacia Lewandowski writes that she’s released two companion books: Light, Landscape, and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe and Walking in the Path of the Artists: A Guide to the Artists’ Homes. Both books are published by Salska Arts in Santa Fe, where Stacia, who studied flute performance at Eastman, is an arts writer. . . . Peter Whorf has joined WKAR, a public radio station affiliated with Michigan State University, as station manager. Peter was previously program director and vice president for content at WFMT in Chicago.


Drummer Rich Thompson (MM), associate professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at Eastman, has released Generations (Origin Records), as leader of the Rich Thompson Trio, consisting of Rich, pianist Chris Ziemba ’08E, ’11E (MM), and bassist Miles Brown ’00E, ’12E (DMA).


Flutist Linda Neuberger Chatterton writes that she gave a series of concerts and master classes in Iceland and performed the music of Roberto Sierra, Tania Leon, Edie Hill, and the premier of Ailís Ní Ríain’s Chainstitchembroidered, for flute and piano, in August at the British flute Society convention in Manchester. She’s the recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a Next Step grant funded by the McKnight Foundation She’s also touring with Ensemble 61, a contemporary music group based in St. Paul.


Gary Versace (MM) (see ’94 RC undergraduate).


Helen Pridmore (DMA) has released a CD, Janet (Centrediscs), consisting of works for solo voice. She writes: “All the works were written for me via commissions and all the works are by Canadian composers.” Helen is an associate professor of music at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.


Miles Brown ’12E (DMA) (see ’84).


Carlos Morales (MM) sends a photo and an update. “I’m married to Sarah Morales and we have three beautiful kids, Giovanna Marie, Carlos Javier, and a new addition, Gabriella Elise. After teaching in the Rochester City School District for a couple of years, I joined the U.S. Army. Currently, I’m a saxophone player with the United States Training and Doctrine Command Band at Fort Eustis, Va.”


Brothers Joseph and John Irrera ’07, ’09E (MM) have released a debut CD, Irrera Brothers, Beethoven & Prokofiev (Irrera Brothers). Pianist Joseph and violinist John perform Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major and Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major. Both are pursuing doctorates at Eastman.


Ethan Borshansky writes: “I’ve released my electronic music on several international techno labels over the past few years from London to Toronto to Buenos Aires. This summer I released my EP, Pattern Patterns, on the established underground label from Mexico City, Pantamuzik.” . . . Austin Patty (PhD) has been promoted from assistant to associate professor of music at Lee University in Tennessee.


John Irrera ’09E (MM) (see ’05).


Chris Ziemba ’11E (MM) (see ’84).


Matilda Hofman (MM), a lecturer in music at the University of California at Davis, has been named artistic director-conductor of the Diablo Symphony, which celebrates its 50th anniversary season this fall. She’s also a regular guest conductor of the Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis and the Bay Area’s Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.


Chris Ziemba (MM) (see ’84).


Miles Brown (DMA) (see ’84).