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Pianist Rebecca Penneys taught at the Eastman School of Music for almost 4 decades. As of this semester, she holds the title of Professor Emerita of Piano. Miss Penneys--who appeared on Backstage Pass in March of this year in a celebration of the Salon Concert Series--joins host Julia Figueras for a look back at her time at the school and a look forward, as she talks about how her new life is growing out of her Eastman days. Works by Soler, Scarlatti, Brahms, and Chopin are in the musical mix. Tune in for this special salute on Monday, October 23 at 1 PM.

This month Pipedreams presents two programs from the April 2016 Pipedreams Live concerts from Christ Church in downtown Rochester.

A renowned television and film composer and Eastman School of Music alumnus has won his 5th Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.

Jeff Beal won the award for Original Dramatic Score for Chapter 63 of the Netflix series House of Cards.  This is Beal's second Emmy for his House of Cards scores.  

The Fischoff Competition is the largest chamber music competition in the country   – more than 100 music groups of 3 to 6 players enter each year. This year, gold prize winners at this prestigious competition were from the Eastman School of Music – The Fuego Quartet.  

Eastman grad waiting out the rains in Texas

Aug 29, 2017

An Eastman School of Music grad is staying put in her Sugar Land, Texas home, as the rains from Harvey continue to pelt the area.

Violinist Emily Osinski says she's in one of the few neighborhoods that isn't underwater right now.

And she's in a voluntary evacuation zone.

"(It's) less than a mile from a mandatory evacuation zone.  A little scary.  We actually tried to evacuate yesterday.  We got all of our stuff packed into the car and then we started looking at the roads and realized there's absolutely no way out," she said.

Sax during Surgery!

Aug 25, 2017
NPR

Saxophonist Dan Fabbio was working toward his Master's Degree at the Eastman School of Music when something went wrong--he could no longer hear music stereophonically. They discovered that he had a brain tumor. What happened at the U of R Medical Center after that was a musical miracle.  Here's the story from NPR's All Things Considered.

The Gateways Music Festival is in full swing and musicians from all over the world have flocked to Rochester to be a part of the classical music festival.

Pianist Stewart Goodyear in a row of piano frames
photo by Andrew Garn

For the first time ever, Backstage Pass is taking its show on the road, and you're invited! 

In celebration of the Gateways Music Festival, Julia Figueras hosts Backstage Pass live from Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre with the entire GMF orchestra, guest artists, and a live audience.  Music Director Michael Morgan, RPO trumpeter Herb Smith, pianist Stewart Goodyear, and violinist Amadi Azikiwe are among the guests who will chat with Julia, along with GMF President and Artistic Director Lee Koonce and Eastman School of Music Dean Jamal Rossi.


The St. Albans International Organ Festival was founded in 1963 by British organist and composer Peter Hurford. Every two years, the historic city about 20 miles north of London hosts concerts, lectures, an art exhibit, a fringe festival, and a multi-round competition that elicits entries from young organists all over the world.


If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed that these guys will be here in the fall:

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