For the Enrichment of Community Life

For the Enrichment of Community Life

George Eastman and the Founding of the Eastman School of Music

Vincent A. Lenti

Paperback
$20.00

University of Rochester Press

Overview

Overview

For the Enrichment of Community Life is the first part of the history of the Eastman School of Music, beginning with the events that led to the establishment of the school in 1921 and ending in 1932 with the death of the school's benefactor, George Eastman. It was Eastman -- the founder of Eastman Kodak, and Rush Rhees -- the remarkable president of the University of Rochester, who really made it all possible.
The story related here is not simply that of a music school. It also involves a symphony orchestra, an American opera company, a ballet company, a school of dance and drama, a music library, and a commercial radio station dedicated to broadcasting live classical music. It includes efforts to support the musical education of Rochester's elementary and secondary school children and the involvement of the symphony orchestra in their musical education. It is the story of the school's Eastman Theatre, which became the location of concerts and recitals by the world greatest musicians.
Upon the facade of the Eastman Theatre is the inscription "For the Enrichment of Community Life," words selected by Rush Rhees to dedicate the theater to that purpose. In a broader sense also, these words embody the mission of the Eastman School of Music.

Details

October 2004
48 black and white illustrations
297 pages
9x6 in
Meliora Press
ISBN: 9781580461993
Format: Paperback
University of Rochester Press
BIC BGF, 1KBB, 2AB, 3JJ
BISAC MUS022000, BIO004000
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