Ying Quartet Kicks Off New Season of Eastman-Ranlet Recitals

November 16, 2007

More Information:
For Media Only: Helene Snihur (585-274-1057, hsnihur@esm.rochester.edu)
For The Public: 585/274-1110

The Ying Quartet, the Eastman School of Music’s string quartet-in-residence, will perform in concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Kilbourn Hall. The concert, featuring the works of Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, is part of the Eastman-Ranlet Series sponsored by the Eastman School of Music.

Now in its second decade of performance, the Ying Quartet is renowned for its outstanding performances and its expertise at designing community outreach programs. Natives of Chicago, the quartet received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1992 to bring chamber music to rural communities. The following year, the ensemble—comprised of siblings Janet and Timothy, violin; David, cello; and Phillip, viola—received the prestigious Naumberg Chamber Music Award.

The Ying Quartet’s most recent honor includes a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album for its work with the Turtle Island String Quartet on the album 4 + Four. Since then, the quartet has released two CDs: one featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and the other featuring music commissioned for their annual LifeMusic concert.

Appearing in festivals and concerts around the world, the Yings have also worked on outreach and collaborative projects at Symphony Space in New York City and Da Camera in Houston, have taught at Northwestern University and at the Interlochen and Brevard Music Festivals, and have been the Blodgett Quartet in Residence at Harvard University since 2001.

Advance tickets for the Ying Quartet’s performance are $18, $12, and $8 (reduced tickets with UR ID) and can be purchased at the Rochester Philharmonic Box Office, 108 East Ave.; by phone (585) 454-2100; or online at esm.rochester.edu/concerts.

The Ying Quartet will present another concert as part of the Eastman-Ranlet Series on Feb. 17, 2008. The series also brings the Tokyo Quartet, one of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles, to Kilbourn Hall on January 27, and features the Daedalus Quartet, winners of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet competition, on April 6.

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Calendar Listing:
Sunday, Dec. 2
3 p.m.
Eastman-Ranlet Series: The Ying Quartet. Music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.
Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.

Tickets: $18, $12, $8 (discount with UR ID); can be purchased at the Rochester Philharmonic Box Office, 108 East Ave.; by phone (585) 454-2100; or online at esm.rochester.edu/concerts