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Musicians of Rochester: Alan Jones

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and Alan Jones took the one less traveled by. As a Masters student at the Eastman School of Music, the singer and pianist was on the path to becoming a composer when his innovative work as a church musician caught the attention of professors. Alan is a natural teacher, and he was persuaded to pursue a life as an educator. Lucky music students at Spencerport High School blossomed under his direction for thirty-two years. Since retiring a few years ago, Alan...

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Like all great adventures, Music in the American Wild started with a walk in the woods. In 2014, Eastman School of Music graduates Emlyn Johnson and Dan Ketter visited New York’s Letchworth State Park and were struck by the park’s magnificent, but silent, beauty. Inspired, Johnson and Ketter decided the beauty of Letchworth should be heard—and thus began Music in the American Wild.

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A ceremony commemorated the 100th anniversary of David Hochstein’s death Monday morning.

David Hochstein was born in 1892, later graduating from East High. He then got his masters in Europe with the help of George Eastman, and went on to play stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall.


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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and Alan Jones took the one less traveled by.

As a Masters student at the Eastman School of Music, the singer and pianist was on the path to becoming a composer when his innovative work as a church musician caught the attention of professors.

Alan is a natural teacher, and he was persuaded to pursue a life as an educator.   

Lucky music students at Spencerport High School blossomed under his direction for thirty-two years.

Vijay Gupta's life work has been to make music accessible to all.

That passion caught the attention of others and earlier this month the Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist was awarded a 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship — also known as the genius grant.

Until recently, most classical music videos have been humdrum affairs. Musicians, in concert attire, earnestly produce their notes with eyes closed and heads tilted in a beatific expression, somewhere between a migraine and an attempt to channel Bach from the heavens.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is dropping "Mormon" and singing under new name, the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Church President Russell M. Nelson acknowledged that it would be a challenge to undo a centuries-old tradition.   "We're not changing names. We're correcting a name," he said.

Read why here.

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