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Kilbourn Hall heats up this winter

Ying Quartet performs February 13.

From violin solo to Japanese koto, the Eastman School offers an eclectic array of performances this February as its four concert series continue. Staged in the intimate setting of Kilbourn Hall, the Faculty Artist Series, Eastman Ranlet Series, Kilbourn Concert Series, and World Music Series feature some of chamber music's most accomplished and cutting-edge performers.

On Tuesday, February 1, Professor of Violin Mikhail Kopelman will perform as part of the Faculty Artist Series, which is held Tuesdays at 8 p.m. or Sundays at 3 p.m. He will perform music by Mozart, Volkmann, and Franck accompanied by Anna Gurfinkel and Elizaveta Kopelman on piano, and Steven Doane on cello.

The series continues with violinist Charles Castleman on Sunday, February 6. Castleman, chair of the Strings, Harp, Guitar, and Lute Department and professor of violin, will perform "J.S. Bach: Works for Violin Solo." And Sunday, February 8, the Eastman Jazz Quartet will take the stage.

Rounding out the series for February is a celebration of Harold Arlen's 100th Birthday on February 15 featuring Professor of Piano Tony Caramia. The multimedia lecture/recital will pay tribute to Arlen, who has written more than 400 songs, including Over the Rainbow. In addition to Caramia's own jazz piano improvisations, the program will feature Tom Paul and Jody Graves singing some of Arlen's most famous melodies, such as Stormy Weather and Come Rain or Come Shine.

The Eastman-Ranlet Series will wrap up its spring series with two performances in February. Sunday, February 13, the Ying Quartet, Eastman's quartet-in-residence, will perform works by Pierre Jalbert and John Duffy commissioned to celebrate the American experience.

Two weeks later, February 27, Musicians from Marlboro will make their first-ever Rochester appearance. The touring ensemble showcases some of the world's most talented young musicians alongside experienced colleagues. Both performances begin at 3 p.m.

Ethel infuses their music with elements of jazz, pop, and theater.

On February 22, Ethel will bring its cutting-edge style of string quartet performance to Kilbourn Hall as part of the Kilbourn Concert Series. The group, hailed by The New York Times as "extraordinarily skilled, passionate artists," has worked with such diverse musicians as Yo-Yo Ma and Sheryl Crow.

For those looking to broaden their musical world view, the World Music Series offers traditional sounds from regions as far-flung as Bali to Appalachia. On Monday, February 7, the series continues with koto player Ryuko Mizutani accompanied by Pia Liptak on violin. The performance, "Traditional and Contemporary Music for the Japanese Koto," kicks off at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Faculty Artist Series are only available at the door and are free to University ID holders. Tickets for the Eastman-Ranlet Series, Kilbourn Concert Series, and World Music Series range in price and are available through the RPO Box Office, online, and at the door. For additional ticket information, visit

To learn more about these chamber music concert series, visit Eastman/concerts/series.php.

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