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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music have agreed to postpone all RPO concerts in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre effective immediately through April 15.

A statement from the RPO notes that following Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring a ‘state of emergency’ over the weekend, the University of Rochester issued plans to restrict campus events, including Eastman Theatre, in an attempt to limit the impact of the coronavirus.

Neal Ganguli

In the late 1880s, the Edison Manufacturing company was producing wax cylinders for their Ediphone. These wax cylinders were fragile, wore out quickly, and the audio quality was much to be desired. However, for the first time, we were able to record live music, store that recording, and play it back at our leisure.  In 1982, the compact disc popularized digital audio, and we’ve since continued to push the limits of quality and immersion when it comes to digital audio recordings.

(This story has been updated to reflect an interview CITY had with Eastman School of Music Dean Jamal Rossi on Wednesday, October 30.)

Facing harsh public criticism, the dean of the Eastman School of Music backpedaled Tuesday on a plan to remove three South Korean students from an upcoming orchestral tour of China to appease that country’s conditions for the tour.

Musicians of Rochester: Siena Facciolo

Aug 20, 2019

Siena Facciolo is a musician that channels every aspect of her being into each chord she plays or note she sings. Siena grew up in Vermont, where she started piano lessons at 6 years old and continued on to be a classically trained pianist and talented vocalist. In university, she spent two years at McGill (one year studying environmental sciences) before switching to their music program, and ultimately transferring to the University of Rochester to complete her undergraduate studies in music. As much as she enjoys performing her work, she also takes time to teach piano, and has offered private lessons throughout her music career.

Meet Rachel Waddell. She’s the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Rochester

She describes music as a “performing tool to bring people together" and views her work with the orchestras at the University of Rochester’s River Campus as a chance to have people challenge themselves, and society. 

Star Tribune

Acclaimed American composer Dominick Argento died Wednesday in Minnesota.  He was 91.

In a 2016 interview, the Pulitzer Prize-winning  composer had advice for younger composers: "Look for a community that needs you."


Honey Meconi brings music history to life.  

In her new book, Hildegard of Bingen, Meconi offers fresh insight into one of the most creative composers of her time, Hildegard, a German writer and mystic who lived the town of Bingen on the Rhine River.  In the twelfth century, she produced music, theological books, medical texts, and paintings.  

University of Rochester

City of Rochester officials are still interested in pushing for a downtown performing arts center, but reports indicate that instead of looking at Parcel 5 on Main Street as the location, they are now focused on the site of the Rochester Riverside Hotel.  According to CITY Newspaper, partners in the project include Dave Christa, RBTL and the Riverside Convention Center.  Media reports indicate that developers would look at tearing down the hotel, and in its place putting up a Broadway-style theater, along with a smaller theater, a new hotel and housing and retail space.  

"The Fiery Furnace"

Aug 24, 2018
University of Rochester

To those who knew him, Paul Burgett was a professional encourager.

In the video below, see him tell his story.

It starts with his arrival as a student at the Eastman School of Music in 1964, where he entered what he called the "fiery furnace."

 We must all enter the fiery furnace, he says.

A well-known figure in the University of Rochester community  has died. Paul Burgett died Wednesday after a brief illness, he was 72.