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ECMS New Horizons 30th Anniversary and Eastman Trombone Choir 80th Anniversary Concerts

Arts and Entertainment

October 9, 2021

From: Eastman School Of Music
The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, is proud to announce two important anniversaries during its three-semester-long centennial celebration. Eastman Community Music School’s (ECMS) New Horizons will celebrate its 30th Anniversary October 29 at 8:00 p.m., with Eastman Trombone Choir celebrating its 80th Anniversary on November 19 at 7:30 p.m. Both group’s anniversary concerts will be held in Kodak Hall, and each will be a unique experience to concertgoers, including guest artists and original commissioned work.

In 1991, Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music professor, set out to form a band of senior citizens from around Rochester with little to no musical experience and founded the group New Horizons. Thirty years later the group has become the New Horizons International Music Association, a vast nonprofit network of 10,000 participants in more than 230 bands and orchestras operating in 42 states, five Canadian provinces, and in Australia. In Rochester, New Horizons comprises three wind bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands, separate flute, clarinet, and saxophone groups, and a chorus.

ECMS New Horizons 30th Anniversary Concert, Friday, October 29, celebrates 30 years of a community of music-makers flourishing in a non-competitive, collaborative, and supportive environment. The concert features the world premiere of a Centennial commissioned work, Ceremony and Celebration by Larry Neeck ‘90E (MM), co-director of New Horizons’ Concert Band and Symphonic Band.

Eastman Trombone Choir will perform Friday, November 19, marking the 80th anniversary of the ensemble. Guest artists include Eastman alum, trombonist, and composer Michael Davis (’83 BM) as a guest soloist, along with longtime Eastman faculty member and Eastman trombone alumnus, Donald Hunsberger ‘54E, ‘59E (MM), ‘63E (DMA), as a conductor.

The repertoire for this concert includes pieces by three trombone alums, Ethan Cypress ‘19E (MM), David Wilborn ‘84E (MM), and Michael Davis. In addition, two arrangements done by Eastman alums that have become standard repertoire in the trombone choir canon will be performed; the Camille Saint-Saëns “Adagio” from Symphony No. 3, arranged by Ken Murley ‘59E, ‘61E (MM); and the Bach Passacaglia in C minor, arranged by Donald Hunsberger.

The late Emory Remington founded the Eastman Trombone Choir at the Eastman School of Music in 1941 and is currently co-directed by Mark Kellogg and Larry Zalkind. The sound of the Eastman Trombone Choir has been described as “majestic,” “noble,” “brilliant,” “soothing,” and “exciting.”