The internationally renowned, award-winning Ying Quartet is back in its prominent position within the Eastman-Ranlet Series, with its third performance this season on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m., at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Their program this concert includes Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12, Berg’s String Quartet, Op. 3, and Dvorák’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 61.
Now in its second decade, the Ying Quartet, consisting of Robin Scott, violin; Janet Ying, violin; Phillip Ying, viola; David Ying, cello, has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House; at the same time, the Quartet’s belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. In fact, the Ying Quartet’s constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests.
They have been quartet-in-residence at Eastman in 1997. All members of the Ying Quartet teach in the string department as Associate Professors in their discipline, and lead a rigorous, sequentially designed chamber music program. One cornerstone of chamber music activity at Eastman is the noted “Eastman to Go” (formerly “Music for All”) program, in which all students have the opportunity to perform in community settings beyond the concert hall.
Tickets for the Ying Quartet’s performance are $19-36, with $10 student tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at http://eastmantheatre.org
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About Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.
About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division—about 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Seven Pulitzer Prize winners have taught at Eastman, as have several Grammy Award winners. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 700 concerts to the Rochester community.