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In Review

SONG CYCLEPremiere Performance
fleming (Photo: Dave Jones/Empire West Photo for the Eastman School of Music)

DAYS OF DEBUTS: Grammy Award–winning soprano Renée Fleming ’83E (MM) and the Eastman Philharmonia presented the debut of Letters from Georgia, a song cycle by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts ’94E, ’99E (DMA) during a performance last fall at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Basing the composition on correspondence from artist Georgia O’Keeffe to her photographer husband Alfred Stieglitz and suffragist Anita Pollitzer, Puts wrote the work specifically for Fleming and the Philharmonia. The Rochester debut was followed by a one-night performance at Lincoln Center in New York City.