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December 15, 2010

Eastman School’s Festival Week

people on stage watching large screen broadcastBenton Hess, musical director of Eastman Opera Theatre, listens as Norwegian Academy of Music voice student Magnhild Korsvik sings Donna Anna’s aria “Or sai chi l’onore” during a demonstration last week in Hatch Recital Hall. Cutting-edge technology allows Eastman students and faculty to engage in virtual classes with other top conservatories. “This technology means that an interactive project, like a music lesson between a teacher in England and a student in New York, can happen with CD-quality audio and DVD-quality image clarity; little delay; and no blips, freeze frames, or pixelation, like one might experience over consumer conferencing connections,” says Helen Smith, Eastman’s director of technology and media production.

students practicing instrumentsPianist Jeremy Denk conducts a master class for Eastman School students at Kilbourn Hall last week. The class was part of Festival Week, celebrating the completion of the Eastman School’s expansion and renovation project.

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