The group (Alarm Will Sound) began as a student new-music ensemble at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and essentially declared its independence with a performance of Steve Reich’s “Desert Music” and “Tehillim” at the Miller Theater in 2001. … Staging added another arrow to Alarm’s quiver. Early on, (Rochester alumnus) Mr. (Alan) Pierson teamed up with the director Nigel Maister, who runs the theater program at the University of Rochester. After staging a performance of John Cage’s “Songbooks” for the group, Mr. Maister began choreographing other pieces as well. One, a performance of Mr. (Benedict) Mason’s music that had the ensemble running through the Miller Theater and, at the end, boarding a bus and heading up Broadway, showed the degree to which these players were willing to move and act while also playing their instruments.
“He was smart, the fact he recognized something was going on and sought medical attention early,” said Christopher Ritchlin of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, who has been studying the diseases for more than 20 years. (Also reported in: USA Today, Seattle Times, ESPN, Fox News, New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and others)
The finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards have been announced. Presented by 3 Percent, the translation-focused (website) at the University of Rochester, the Best Translated Book Awards are now in their fourth year; for the first time, the winners will receive cash prizes. (Also reported in: Guardian.co.uk, Publishing Perspectives, The Millions, Conversational Reading, 13WHAM-TV and others)
Singer Billie Holiday, educator Donna Shalala and civil rights champion Coretta Scott King will be enshrined with eight others in the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The 2011 honor roll, unveiled today, includes Loretta C. Ford, founding dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing. (Also reported in: Baltimore Sun)