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Voice Department Guest Master Class: Ricky Ian Gordon

Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956 in Oceanside, NY) studied piano, composition and acting, at Carnegie Mellon University. After moving to New York City, he quickly emerged as a leading writer of vocal music that spans art song, opera, and musical theater. Mr. Gordon’s songs have been performed and or recorded by such internationally renowned singers as Renee Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Nathan Gunn, Judy Collins, Kelli O’Hara, Audra MacDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Nicole Cabell, Frederica Von Stade, Andrea Marcovicci, Harolyn Blackwell, Betty Buckley, and the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, among many others.

Ricky Ian Gordon’s most recent premieres include The House Without A Christmas Tree (2017, libretto by Royce Vavrek, commissioned and premiered by Houston Grand Opera) a holiday opera for young audiences that The Wall Street Journal describes as “a charming, family-friendly piece,” and a reduction of The Grapes of Wrath (2017 two-act version commissioned and premiered by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis) which the Chicago Tribune calls “a great American opera.”

Eastman is proud to host masterclasses presented by world-renowned artists.

All masterclasses are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman East Wing
26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


General Public, Faculty, Students, Staff


performing arts




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