Guitar Chamber Music

“Quaditorio” for 8 Electric Guitars by Jack Vees is featured, along with music by Australian Nigel Westlake, Canadian Patric Roux, and more traditional fare

The Yale School of Music presents Chamber Music for Guitar on Monday, December 15 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street at Wall Street). The program will feature the premiere of Quaditorio, a work by Jack Vees for eight electric guitars; a work by Australian composer Nigel Westlake for two guitars and double bass; a piece by Canadian composer Patrick Roux based on the tango; and music by Fernando Sor and Nikita Koshkin.  Graduate artists from the School of Music will perform this varied program, which is directed by faculty guitarist Benjamin Verdery.
For additional information, please call the Yale School of Music Concert Office at 203 432-4158 or visit the Sprague Hall Box Office during regular business hours.

Distinguished as “an American original, an American master” by Guitar Review Magazine, Benjamin Verdery has enjoyed an innovative and eclectic musical career. Since his 1980 New York debut with his wife, flutist Rie Schmidt, Benjamin has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America and has recorded and performed with such diverse artists as Leo Kottke, Hermann Prey and John Williams.  Benjamin has released over 15 albums, his most recent, Branches (Mushkatweek) featuring arrangements of works by Bach, Mozart, Strauss, and Hendrix, and the traditional Amazing Grace. A prolific composer, many of Benjamin Verdery’s compositions have been performed and published over the years. Most recently, Now and Ever for David Russell and Peace, Love and Guitars for John Williams and John Etheridge. Benjamin Verdery is Artistic Director of the Yale Guitar Extravaganza and Art of the Guitar at the 92nd St Y (NYC), conducts an annual master class week on the Island of Maui (Hawaii) and is an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Published December 11, 2008
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Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale

Dec 13: Yale Pianists perform Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

Twenty-movement work is a high point of the contemporary piano repertoire

The Yale Schol of Music presents Messiaen’s most important piano work, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, performed by eleven of the School’s most promising graduate-level pianists on Saturday, December 13 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, 470 College St (at Wall St), New Haven.  This concert is part of the Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale.  Vingt Regards, composed in 1944 for Messiaen’s second wife, Yvonne Loriod, is considered one of the most significant works of the twentieth-century piano repertoire.  Here it will be performed by Jeannette Fang, Wei-Jen Yuan, Reinis Zarins, Jason Wirth, Amy Yang, Martin Leung, Jeong-ah Ryu, Lulu Yang, Katsura Tanikawa, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto, and Lindsay Garritson.

The Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale will honor the hundredth birthday of influential French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) with numerous events exploring the breadth and depth of his work. Sponsored by the School of Music, the festival takes place from Monday, December 8 to Sunday, December 14, 2008, encompassing Messiaen’s birthday on December 10.  William Purvis, a member of the YSM faculty and interim director of the Collection of Musical Instruments, is artistic director. Information on the Messiaen Centenary is available at www.yale.edu/music/messiaen.

Admission to the concert is free.  For additional information, please call the Yale School of Music Concert Office at 203 432-4158 or visit the Sprague Hall Box Office during regular business hours.

Published December 11, 2008
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