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Joel Brennan gives a recital of 20th- and 21st-century trumpet music by Britten, Andriessen, and more

January 31, 2011

Brennan received a Fulbright to perform Dutch and American contemporary music

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital by Joel Brennan, trumpet on Thursday, February 17 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven). The program will feature music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, beginning with Benjamin Britten’s Fanfare for Saint Edmundsbury, a piece for three trumpets written in 1959, followed by Vincent Persichetti’s Parable XVI (1975) for solo trumpet. Huang Ruo’s Wind Blows… (2007), which is flexible in its instrumentation, will be performed with percussionist Michael Compitello. The first half will close with Eric Nathan’s Cantus (2008) for trumpet and electronics.

As the recipient of a Fulbright grant in 2007, Brennan lived in the Netherlands and focused on promoting and performing contemporary music by Dutch and American composers. In this recital, he will perform the very short Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata by Louis Andriessen, the foremost Dutch composer working today. The concert will conclude with the U.S. premiere of a piece that Brennan commissioned, Sketches (2007) for trumpet and percussion by the young American composer Derek Jacoby.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Joel Brennan

American trumpeter Joel Brennan enjoys a diverse career performing as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. Joel has served as principal trumpet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan) and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (Netherlands), and has appeared with orchestras such as the Seoul Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Turkey). As a soloist, Joel gave the U.S. premiere of Henze’s Drei geistliche Konzerte. The recipient of a Fulbright grant in 2007, Joel lived in the Netherlands with the goal of promoting and performing contemporary music by Dutch and American composers. He has given solo and collaborative recitals in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and Japan. Joel received his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before pursuing graduate studies at the Yale School of Music. Currently an assistant professor of music at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, Joel has also taught at the Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands) and has led trumpet ensembles and master classes at the Oberlin Trumpet Workshop.

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