100 Years of Eastman

Centennial events

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Join us as we celebrate Eastman’s rich history and promising future with Centennial Celebration events beginning in August 2021 and continuing through 2022. Events include world-premieres of more than forty new compositions, fanfares composed by Eastman alumni, acclaimed guest artists performing alongside Eastman’s faculty and ensembles, national academic and music conferences, alumni events throughout the country, a documentary being produced in partnership with WXXI, and more! Additional information and an updated schedule of events will be forthcoming. Check back frequently for a full listing of in-person and virtual events.

To register for Meliora weekend, please visit: https://www.rochester.edu/melioraweekend/

Make sure you are staying up to date on future centennial events! The easiest way to do so is to make sure you are on the mailing list for EastmanMAIL, our monthly e-newsletter. We will be bringing the centennial celebration to you around the world in 2021 and 2022. You can email us at Eastman100@rochester.edu if you want to sign up for the mailing list or if you have any questions or comments.

Fall 2022

Sunday, September 18, 2022
Eastman Wind Ensemble
Premiere: Robert Morris: sound, trees, meadows

1:30 and 3:30 PM
Durand- Eastman Park
*Rain date: September 25

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Eastman Wind Ensemble
Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor
Solo soprano: Kathryn Lewek; Narrator: Mayor Malik Evans

Repertoire: Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1; Andre Previn, (arr. Scatterday): Vocalise for soprano, cello, and winds; Joseph Schwantner: Sparrows, New Morning for the World.
7:30 PM
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.

Saturday, September 24, 2022
Eastman Philharmonia and RPO
Repertoire: Richard Strauss, Don Juan, TrV 156, op. 20; TBD (RPO); Jeff Beal, The Cathedral (PHIL/RPO)

7:30 PM
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.

Friday, September 30, 2022
“Centennial Rhapsody”
A Prism Concert
Featuring; Eastman Wind Ensembles, Chorale, Women’s Ensemble Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Saxophone Project and other ensembles, as well as Marina Lomazov on Rhapsody in Blue.

After the concert, please join us for a complimentary
All that Jazz after party!
Featuring students of the Eastman Jazz and Contemporary Media Department, as well as special appearances from alumni
Alexa Tarantino ‘14E
Gene Dobbs Bradford ‘89E

The All that Jazz after party is taking place immediately after the concert, just across the street from Kodak Hall, in the large tent at the corner of Gibbs and Main.
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.
Free, but tickets required.

Philharmonic orchestra playing on stage at the Eastman Theatre


Honor a century of music and the century to come.

Saturday, October 1, 2022
Eastman Philharmonia
Neil Varon, conductor, Nicole Cabell and Rod Gilfry, soloists
Repertoire: Richard Strauss: Don Juan, TrV 156, op. 20; Kevin Puts: The Brightness of Light

Imagine reading the most beautiful love letters full of poetry, humor, and passion. Now picture them sung on our stage by two of the most talented performers of our time,with a ravishing orchestra behind them. Yeah, the thought takes our breath away, too.

The Eastman Philharmonia, under the direction of Neil Varon, along with Soprano, Nicole Cabell, and Baritone, Rod Gilfry, perform this touching song cycle by composer Kevin Puts which chronicles the romance of iconic artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her mentor-turned-husband, Alfred Stieglitz.
7:30 PM
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.

Thursday, November 3, 2022
Friday, November 4, 2022
Saturday, November 5, 2022
7:30 PM
Sunday, November 6, 2022
2:00 PM
Eastman Opera Theatre
Opera Orchestra – Anthony Davis: Lear on the 2nd Floor

Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Chamber Jazz
Performing arrangements by Marty Paich
Featuring guest vocalist Alex McArthur
7:30 PM
Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.

Monday, December 5, 2022
Eastman Philharmonia, Conductor Timothy Long.
Premiere: Anthony Davis’ piece TBA on libretto curated by US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Soloist: Joy Harjo, narrator
7:30 PM
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Double Reed
Premiere of Jeremy Gill’s new work.

12:30 PM
Lowry Hall