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When the University of Rochester’s Eastman School decided to send a student orchestra to New York this fall, Dean Jamal Rossi commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts to write something new for soprano Renée Fleming.  It didn’t take composer Kevin Puts long to find a source of inspiration for their collaboration.  Click on the link for the full interview.

An Interview with Neil Varon: "Letters from Georgia"

Nov 9, 2016

This Saturday November 12, the Eastman Philharmonia will premiere “Letters from Georgia” a new work by Kevin Puts featuring soprano Renee Fleming.  What’s special about this premiere is that both Puts and Fleming are Eastman alumni, and the high-profile guests aren’t working with a professional orchestra—the top student orchestra at Eastman is presenting the song cycle on one of their concerts.  This new work was commissioned by the Eastman School and written specially for Ms. Fleming’s voice. 

WXXI Classical Intern Rennie Cotner had the chance to sit down with the music director of the Eastman Philharmonia Neil Varon, to talk about his role in the premiere of the song cycle, which sets letters written by American artist Georgia O’Keefe to music. 

photo by Brenda Tremblay

Composer Glenn McClure is on a journey to Antarctica.   The SUNY Geneseo and Eastman professor will pitch a tent on an ice shelf and listen, working with scientists to collect data which will ultimately shape a piece of music.  His trip is being funded by the National Science Foundation.  Before he left, he spoke with WXXI's Brenda Tremblay.