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Rochester Review
May–June 2013
Vol. 75, No. 5

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Eastman School of Music


Katherine Hoover was honored in March with a 75th birthday celebration concert at the 2013 New York Flute Fair. Among the musicians performing was pianist Jeremy Gill ’96.


Geary Larrick (MM) writes that in February, to honor Black History Month, he delivered five performances on the marimba and piano of music by Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, Billie Holiday, and others.


John Serry ’91 (MM) writes that he’s put out his first self-released recording, The Shift. “The album contains all original compositions by me, as is usual for my recordings. The band is the one that I formed in London when I first came to Europe to live in 2004.” It includes Mark Mondesir on drums, Sam Burgess on upright bass, and David O’Higgins on tenor and soprano saxophones. John adds: “This is a pivotal record for me, as the title suggests.”


George Work ’81 (MM) (see ’81).


Violinist John Gilbert writes, “Gramophone magazine gave a glowing review to cellist George Work ’79, ’81 (MM), conductor Timothy Muffitt ’95 (DMA), and me following the September 2012 release of our recording of concerti by Kurt Weill, Jaques Ibert, and Alban Berg (Sono Luminus).”


Byron Stripling, who portrayed Louis Armstrong in the Broadway musical Satchmo, joined the Houston Symphony Orchestra in January for the performance of “What a Wonderful World: The Best of Louis Armstrong.”


John Serry (MM) (see ’75).


Peter Fletcher (MM) and Jeremy Gill ’96 have collaborated on a project. Jeremy wrote the composition Diary of a Camino to be performed by Peter last April at Carnegie Hall as part of a concert honoring the 120th anniversary of the birth of composer Federico Mompou. Diary of a Camino was inspired by a walk Jeremy took along the Camino Francés, an ancient pilgrimage route to the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela, where Mompou lectured. Peter recorded Federico Mompou: Guitar Works (Centaur Records) in 2002. . . . Timothy Muffitt (DMA) (see ’81).


Jeremy Gill (see ’59 and ’95).


David Pope (MM) (see ’07).


Barry Long (DMA) a trumpeter, flugelhornist, assistant professor of music, and director of the jazz ensemble at Bucknell University, performed improvisations, recorded live on the Bucknell campus in 2012, and in response to iconic photography of the civil rights movement. Tenor saxophonist David Pope ’97 (MM) also participated in the performance, along with bassist Joshua Davis and percussionist Phil Haynes. The recording, Freedom in the Air (Barry Long Music) was released earlier this year.


Flutist Deidre Huckabay, oboist Liz Spector-Callahan, clarinetist Isabel Kim, bassoonist Eryn Bauer ’10, and hornist Jena Gardner released their debut recording as the woodwind quintet Arabesque Winds. Mosaic (Arabesque Winds) includes selections by Ligeti, Bach, Nielsen, and Ravel.


Eryn Bauer (see ’09). . . . Violist Kayleigh Miller (MM) won the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s College Concerto Competition last November. A student at the University of Nevada, Kayleigh performed Krzysztof Penderecki’s Viola Concerto. In January, as the competition’s winner, Kayleigh appeared as a soloist with the orchestra.