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The Eastman School of Music launches its Centennial celebration

Eastman at 100

The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, officially began its Centennial Celebration on July 1, 2021. The 18-month-long celebration of their 100 year history will include more than 50 new compositions and fanfares commisioned specifically for Eastman’s ensembles, Eastman’s faculty, and more.

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Tonia Ko, Ivan Trevino, Nadine Dyskant-Miller and Allen Vizzutti (clockwise from top left)

The “Who’s Who” list of composers who  received centennial commissions includes some of the most prominent names in contemporary American music, including two Pulitzer Prize winners.

These commissions will be premiered by many Eastman ensembles throughout the 18-month celebration,  including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, Musica Nova, Trombone Choir, Chorale, Saxophone Project, Jazz Ensemble, New Jazz Ensemble, Double-Reed Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Treble Chorus, Wind Orchestra, New Horizon Band, and numerous ensembles in the Eastman Community Music School.

One of the fanfares was composed by Steve Danyew (MM10). On May 2020, Steve spoke with WXXI Classical's Mona Seghatoleslami about his inspiration for composing this fanfare.

Eastman's Centennial Celebration will run through three semesters, beginning in Fall 2021 and running throughout 2022.  To celebrate their 100 years, Eastman is reaching out to alumni all over the world  to present 100 concerts (a recital, a jam session, a lecture, a concert ensemble, even a chamber ensemble in your home) in a single week, March 1-7, 2022.  Learn more about how you might get involved or participate in 100 Concerts for 100 Years.