For several years, Eastman has had a partnership with the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and it’s recently been re-energized. As part of a two-year grant from the German government to support collaborations between the schools, the partnership culminates in a concert to be presented on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 415 of Eastman’s East Wing, 433 East Main Street. Impulse III: A program of avant-garde films and music will include a performance of George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique. Also on the program will be other films from the same time period including; Entre’Acte with music by Erik Satie, and Inflation by film maker Hans Richter with music later composed by Morton Feldman.
The performance will involve accompaniment by the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, directed by Eastman Professor Michael Burritt and conducted by Bernhard Wolff, Professor of Percussion at the Hochschule in Freiburg, along with two piano professors from Freiburg – Mathias Trapp and Alfonso Gomez — and two doctoral piano students here at Eastman – Kurt Galvan and Jeremy Vigil. As part of the partnership this same concert will be performed in Freiburg, led by Michael Burritt, Professor of Percussion at Eastman, and will be comprised of Freiburg percussion students and pianists from both schools. In addition, the visit to Freiburg will conclude with a cooperatively-organized academic symposium.
This collaboration is an exciting one here at Eastman, involving several departments, faculty, and students. I am happy to provide additional information, set you up with an interview with Professor Reinhild Steingrover here at Eastman (the main coordinator of the project), other musical contributors, and whatever else you need. I can also provide a PDF version of the attached image if that is better for your print or online needs. Full press release also attached.
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