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Tour de France with Ole Akahoshi & Elizabeth Parisot

February 4, 2009

Featuring works by Debussy, Durosoir, Saint-Saëns; Lecture by scholar John Powell highlights Durosoir

The Yale School of Music presents “Tour de France,” a Faculty Artist Series recital by cellist Ole Akahoshi and pianist Elizabeth Parisot on Friday, January 30 at 8:15 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College St at Wall St). John S. Powell, a professor of music history at the University of Tulsa, will offer a pre-concert lecture at 7:30 pm on the rarely-heard music of Lucien Durosoir (1878-1955). Durosoir’s Maiade, as well as the Berceuse and Rondo from Aquarelles, are featured on the program. The concert will also include Debussy’s lush Sonata for Cello and Piano and two works by Saint-Saëns, the neo-classical Suite in D minor, Op. 16 and the mature Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 123.

Admission to the lecture and recital is free.  For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.

Ole AkahoshiGerman cellist Ole Akahoshi has concertized on four continents in recitals and as soloist with orchestras, including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin and Symphonisches Orchester Berlin. Winner of numerous competitions, Akahoshi has been featured on CNN, NPR, RIAS-Berlin, Korean Broadcasting, and WQXR. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Seoul Arts Center, and Wigmore Hall, and has recorded for Albany, New World, CRI, Calliope, Bridge, and Naxos. Akahoshi studied at Juilliard, Yale (with Aldo Parisot), and Indiana University (with Janos Starker). He is principal cellist of the Sejong Soloists and is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music.

Elizabeth Parisot, piano, has served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music since 1977.  She has appeared at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Hispanic Institute (Madrid), and Jerusalem Music Center. With her husband, cellist Aldo Parisot, she has toured extensively.  Recent tours include Korea and Italy with violinist Kyung Hak Yu and Taiwan with Erick Friedman and Aldo Parisot. She has also performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker, and Ralph Kirshbaum. A longtime collaborative artist with cellists, Ms. Parisot was awarded the title “Grande Dame du Violoncelle” in 2007 by the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at Indiana University. Elizabeth Parisot has Elizabeth Parisotnumerous recordings to her credit, including on the Musical Heritage Society, Serenus, Phonodisc, Delos, and Albany labels.

John S. Powell is a professor of musicology at the University of Tulsa and the author of Music and Theatre in France, 1600-1680 (2000). He has published numerous articles on the Moliere-Lully-Charpentier comédies-ballets and other works of seventeenth-century musical theater, as well as a website of musical editions with full-text facsimiles of plays. In 2006 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Nancy, France, where he studied the works of Durosoir.