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José Serebrier conducts the Yale Philharmonia September 25

Grammy winner Serebrier will lead the orchestra in his own music as well as works by Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky
September 18, 2015

serebrier_joseThe Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of illustrious guest conductor José Serebrier  on Friday, September 25 at 7:30 pm. Serebrier, one of classical music’s most recorded artists, will conduct his own music as well as pieces by two Russian masters.

Rachmaninoff‘s Vocalise, orchestrated by Serebrier, opens the concert. Next, the program features Serebrier’s Symphony No. 2, “Partita,” the same piece with which he made his U.S. conducting debut at age 19. The concert concludes with Mussorgsky‘s ever-popular Pictures at an Exhibition.

The concert takes place in Woolsey Hall, located at 500 College Street (corner of Grove Street), New Haven. Tickets are $10–$15, $8–$13 for Yale employees, and $5–$10 with student ID. Tickets purchased at the door on the night of the event incur a $3 surcharge.

For more information or to purchase tickets, the public should visit music.yale.edu, contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.

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About José Serebrier

Grammy Award-winning conductor and composer José Serebrier is one of most recorded classical artists in history. He has received thirty-seven Grammy nominations in recent years, and all his recent recordings have received multiple Grammy nominations.

When José Serebrier was 21 years old, Leopold Stokowski hailed him as “the greatest master of orchestral balance”. After five years as Stokowski’s Associate Conductor at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Serebrier accepted an invitation from George Szell to become the Composer in Residence of the Cleveland Orchestra for Szell’s last two seasons. Szell discovered Serebrier when he won the Ford Foundation American Conductors Competition (together with James Levine). Serebrier was music director of America’s oldest music festival, in Worcester, Massachusetts, until he organized Festival Miami, and served as its artistic director for many years. In that capacity, Serebrier commissioned many composers, including Elliot Carter (String Quartet No. 4), and conducted many American and world premieres.

Serebrier has made international tours with the Juilliard Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Spain, and others. Serebrier’s first recording, the Ives Fourth Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, garnered a Grammy nomination. His recording of the Mendelssohn symphonies won the U.K. Music Retailers Association Award for Best Orchestral Recording, and his series of Shostakovich’s Film Suites won the Deutsche Schallplatten Award for Best Orchestral Recording. Soundstage magazine selected Serebrier’s recording of Scheherazade with the LPO as the Best Audiophile Recording.

He has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Oslo Philharmonic, BambergRoyal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, Czech State Philharmonic Brno, the Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras, and many others. He presently records for Naxos, BIS, Warner Classics, RPO Records, and Sony/BMG.

Born in Uruguay of Russian and Polish parents, Serebrier has composed more than 100 works, published by Peer Music, Universal Edition Vienna, Kalmus, Warner Music, and Peters Corp. As composer, Serebrier has won two Guggenheims (as the youngest in that foundation’s history, at age 19), Rockefeller Foundation grants, commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Harvard Musical Association, the B.M.I. Award, and a Koussevitzky Foundation Award.

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