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New Haven Register: Yale Cellos yearly concert led by ‘seasoned’ duo’s work April 9

Aldo Parisot will lead the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos group he founded in a lush concert with pieces by Barber, Haydn, Bach, Vivaldi and Ezra Laderman, who has contributed a new piece.
April 7, 2014

NEW HAVEN >> Older folks should take inspiration from Yale colleagues Aldo Parisot and Ezra Laderman, who have plenty of young musical admirers at Yale and beyond. They also have key roles in the annual Yale Cellos concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Morse Recital Hall.

Parisot, listed as 92 online, although he responds to a question about age by saying he’s 60 … “forever,” still teaches cello daily to 14 graduate students. He will lead the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos group he founded in a lush concert with pieces by Barber, Haydn, Bach, Vivaldi and … Laderman, who has contributed a new piece.

Laderman, former dean of the music school, who will be 90 in late June, is an accomplished composer who has written five pieces for Parisot.

“He writes very well for the cello,” Parisot says of Laderman. “He knows the instrument very well, and the pieces are wonderful!” 

Parisot, a Brazilian-born performer, teacher and cello advocate, is also a painter. His densely colorful paintings have been exhibited on the walls surrounding the 14-20 cellists at the annual concert, but now the 142 paintings will be shown in a slide show on screens above the stage.

Asked if he’s still painting, Parisot says, “And how!” Clearly this man spends little time watching television.

The first half of the concert will feature four solo performers. Student cellists Yifan Wu, Sohyang Yoo and Ji Eun Lee will perform selections by Barber, Bach and Haydn, respectively, with pianist Wenbin Jin. Faculty cellist Ole Akahoshi will then give the premiere of Laderman’s “Second Partita” for unaccompanied cello.

The full ensemble will perform music by Vivaldi and Bach in the second half of the program, with two short pieces from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” featuring Akahoshi as soloist. The concert concludes with Bach’s “Chaconne.”

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