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Eastman School announces new concert season

Renowned guest artists, ranging from musical theater and television stars Jason Alexander and Bernadette Peters to the classical music world’s Emerson and Dover String Quartets, will appear on Eastman School stages during the 2014–15 concert season.

Alexander and Peters are among the headliners for Eastman Presents, a new series of monthly concerts that premieres Oct. 17 and features international artists from a variety of musical genres. In addition to the two singer-actors, the series brings the Vienna Boys Choir, pianist Peter Serkin (as guest soloist with the Eastman Philharmonia under conductor Neil Varon), the Kodo Drummers, and Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The new season of the Eastman-Ranlet Series kicks off Sunday, Oct. 5, with the Dover String Quartet, Grand Prize winners of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Emerson String Quartet brings a three-decade list of achievements and awards to its series performance next February. In addition, the Ying Quartet, Eastman’s lauded and Grammy Award–winning quartet-in-
residence, will play their traditional fall and spring series concerts in November and February.

German violinist Christian Tetzlaff opens the Kilbourn Concert Series Sept. 16, after appearing with his quartet in the series last year. Rounding out the Kilbourn schedule is the Toronto-based Gryphon Trio, one of the world’s preeminent piano trios with a repertoire ranging from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, in November; the March 2015 appearance of Third Coast Percussion, a new music group that gained national attention for its blend of rock music energy and classical chamber precision; and award-winning mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, who has performed in opera and as a recitalist around the world. She’ll be joined in March 2015 by Warren Jones, Musical America’s 2010 “Collaborative Pianist of the Year.”

Season subscription sales for Eastman Presents, Eastman-Ranlet, and Kilbourn Concert series can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St., in the Eastman East Wing; by phone, 454-2100; fax, 454-7885; or online at

The subscription packages for the six Eastman Presents performances range from $106 to $408. Subscription packages for the Eastman-Ranlet or the Kilbourn series range from $55 to $80. The cost a subscription for both the Eastman-Ranlet and Kilbourn series ranges from $94 to $140. Subscription packages for the Eastman-Ranlet and Kilbourn series carry a discount with University ID and subscription renewals.

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