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September 15, 2010

Fall concerts lead up to December celebration at Eastman

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Ayano Ninomiya, Janet Ying, David Ying, and Phillip Ying, members of the Ying Quartet, open the Eastman-Ranlet series on Sunday, Oct. 17.

More than three months of guest artist, faculty, and student performances pack the Eastman School’s fall calendar, all leading up to the opening of the school’s new addition at the corner of East Main and Swan Streets.

In December, Eastman will open its new building, which includes the new 222-seat Hatch Recital Hall and the Wolk Atrium, which is highlighted by a Dale Chihuly glass chandelier. A weeklong celebration of the addition will showcase Eastman artists from Dec. 6 to 12.

There are plenty of chances to enjoy performances before the December celebration.

Showcasing the breadth of musical styles will be “The Gift of Music: The Rhythm of Life” concert on Friday, Oct. 15, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The event features performances by the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Opera, Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and student and faculty soloists.

The Ying Quartet, Eastman’s string-quartet-in-residence, opens the Eastman-Ranlet Series—with new first violinist Ayano Ninomiya—on Sunday, Oct. 17. Guest quartets include the Kopelman Quartet, returning on Nov. 14 after two acclaimed appearances in recent years; and the Chiara String Quartet, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary season, making their Kilbourn Hall debut at the closing series concert on April 3, 2011.

The Weser-Renaissance ensemble will open the Kilbourn Concert Series with a program devoted to the music of Heinrich Schütz on Saturday, Nov. 13, in St. Michael’s Church. The series returns to Kilbourn Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 7, with the duo of cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk.

Celebrate ‘The New Eastman Evolution’

The Eastman School has scheduled concerts in all of its major venues in December to celebrate the opening of its new building, which includes the 222-seat Hatch Recital Hall and the Wolk Atrium.

As part of the celebration, orchestras, wind ensembles, choruses, jazz bands, chamber groups, and distinguished artists will present a special series of performances to the Rochester community. The celebration kicks off with an Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Wind Orchestra concert on Monday, Dec. 6, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 12. Visit for details.

It has been five years since the 18th-century Italian Baroque Organ was installed in the Memorial Art Gallery. Eastman commemorates the anniversary with a series of concerts and recitals. Italian organ scholar Edoardo Bellotti performs with members of the Weser-Renaissance Ensemble on Sunday, Nov. 14. In addition, Eastman organ faculty and students perform a recital on Sunday, Oct. 17, and present the annual holiday concert of vocal and instrumental music on Sunday, Dec. 19. Eastman organ students will continue to give minirecitals every Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.

Eastman’s World Music Series opens on Wednesday, Oct. 13, with Indian composer and singer Ravikiran, a master of the chitravina, a 21-stringed fretless lute.

Eastman Opera Theatre will present a triple bill of one-act, chamber operas from Thursday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 7. Paul Hindemith’s comic skit Hin und Zurück (There and Back) is a tragedy that reverses itself in the middle to produce a happy ending. Robert Ward’s Roman Fever is based on an Edith Wharton story about romantic rivalries between American expatriates in Rome. Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back is a contemporary version of the Greek myth of Persephone.

The Faculty Artist Series will feature performances by tenor Robert Swenson on Tuesday, Sept. 14; pianist Tony Caramia in “Homage à Chopin” on Sunday, Sept. 19; violinist Oleh Krysa and pianist Tatiana Tchekina in Great Violin Showpieces, Part I, on Sunday, Oct. 3; saxophonist Chien-Kwan Lin on Tuesday, Oct. 5; tubist Don Harry on Tuesday, Nov. 9; violist Carol Rodland on Tuesday, Nov. 16; and jazz trumpeter Clay Jenkins on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

A full listing of concerts and events can be found on the Web by visiting Eastman’s homepage at .

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