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December 6th-12th: Eastman Philharmonia on tour & more

On December 6th, Eastman Philharmonia travelled to Rennes, principal city of Brittany and a sister city of Rochester, New York

November 29th- December 5th:The Weekly Dozen

A glimpse back at events in the school’s concert calendar in the past century.

November 22nd-28th:The Eastman Philharmonia & Jazz Ensemble

on November 24th, 1961, the members of the Eastman Philharmonia departed from Rochester to begin a landmark tour..

November 15th-21st: Rochester American Opera Co. debut & more

On November 20th, 1924, the Rochester American Opera Company made its public debut with a Mussorgsky/Leoncavallo double bill in the Eastman Theater.

November 8th-14th: Fiftieth Anniversary Season and more

Fifty years ago this week, an important faculty premiere took place in Kilbourn Hall when members of the Eastman Quartet gave the premiere performance of Warren Benson’s Capriccio for violin, viola, violoncello and piano.

November 1st-7th: Rochester American Opera Company & more

On November 1st through 6th, 1926, an ambitious Eastman-based group known as the Rochester American Opera Company performed each night in Kilbourn Hall.

October 25th-31st: Marian McPartland at Eastman

On October 29th, 1972, renowned jazz pianist Marian McPartland (1918-2013) was photographed while working with Eastman students in the classroom.

October 18th-24th: UN Concerts & Karel Husa

October 23rd, 1970, ESM Director Walter Hendl conducted the Eastman Philharmonia in what had by then become an annual event at Eastman: a United Nations Concert.

October 11th-17th: Day of Moratorium & more

On October 15th, 1969, a large-scale demonstration known officially as the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam was staged in many cities and towns.

October 4th-10th: The Gordon String Quartet

October 10th, 1927, the the Gordon String Quartet made its first appearance at the Eastman School of Music in a Kilbourn Hall recital.

September 27th-October 3rd: The Note Book and more

On September 27th, 1921, one hundred years ago this week, an occasional issue of The Note Book was published and was circulated to students.

September 20th-26th: Robert Freeman inauguration and more

The inauguration of Robert Freeman as the Eastman School’s fourth Director on September 20th, 1973 marked the beginning of a new era for the school.

School opens, David Burge, Verne Reynolds and The Weekly Dozen

On September 19th, 1921, the Eastman School of Music opened its doors for instruction and welcomed students into the building.

Gateways, Howard Hanson Plaza, and more firsts

On September 10th, 1995, the third annual Gateways Music Festival concluded with a gala concert in the Eastman Theater…

Eastman Theatre Grand Opening

On Monday September 4th, 1922, which happened also to be Labor Day, the Eastman Theater was opened to the public for the first time.

Renovation and new construction

On August 27th, 1975, this workman was part of a team who were sandblasting the Eastman School’s façade, the first phase of work in a two-year renovation project.