Eastman School of Music
Practice rooms are a-buzz and butterflies will be flying as the eight finalists in the Eastman School of Music Friends of Eastman Opera Competition prepare for the finals on Saturday, November 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
This weekend I saw High School Musical 3: Senoir Year with my unabashedly enthusiastic sister, Marsha. She already knows most of the lyrics to the songs in the frothy Disney fantasy.
Despite remembering high school as a relatively miserable experience, I confess I got caught up in the spirit of the film. I marveled at its Juicy Fruit exuberance. I almost burst into song myself.
“I live my life through my work. It’s not really about career anything like that. It’s about how you get through the days and having the good fortune and the opportunity to think about the kind of musical issues that really give my life real meaning.”
- Joseph Schwantner
Hear the recording of last weekend’s world premiere of Schwantner’s new work “Chasing Light . . .” Monday, September 29th at 10:00 p.m. (ET) streaming on Nevada’s KUNR. The piece will be played by 58 orchestras in all 50 U.S. states. Schwantner taught at the Eastman School of Music for several decades.
The other day, a friend warned me to avoid the new Facebook game, Scramble. Too addictive, he said. If you use the online social networking site Facebook, you know it contains many such delightful ways to avoid work.
But it’s useful, too.
Today I was honored to attend the William Warfield Scholarship Fund Luncheon where we were all treated to several selections sung by 2007-2008 Scholarship Recipient Julia Allyson Bullock, a Junior at the Eastman School of Music.
This dynamic young woman from St. Louis has a sparkling personality and a clarity of voice that was captivating. Her voice changed from powerful to beautifully sensitive as she expressed the changing character of the music.