Ole Akahoshi and Elizabeth Parisot offer a program of Bach, Brahms, Barber, and Schnittke

akahoshi_webCellist Ole Akahoshi and pianist Elizabeth Parisot will join together in a Faculty Artist Series recital on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program will range from the baroque to the twentieth century, beginning with a Bach work and concluding with Schnittke’s first sonata for cello and piano, written in 1978. In between are works by Brahms and Barber: Brahms’s sonata in D major, Op. 78, and – to mark the 100th anniversary of Barber’s birth – his cello sonata in C minor, Op. 6, from 1932.

This recital will be streamed live from the Yale School of Music’s media site.

Admission to the performance is free. MORE

Published January 8, 2010
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“Superb” early music ensemble Sarasa performs at Collection of Musical Instruments

Program of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons interspersed with music of Telemann

sarasaThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the “all-star” (Boston Globe) early music ensemble Sarasa on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 3 pm. Led by artistic director and cellist Timothy Merton, a sextet will present a program centered around Vivaldi’s Four Seasons interspersed with works by Telemann. The concert will take place in the intimate venue of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind.

The ensemble, praised for its “enormous vitality” (Boston Globe) and “informed and impassioned musicmaking” (St. Petersburg Times), performs concerts in conventional settings but also aims to bring music to those who have little access to it – including audiences in correctional facilities, homes for the elderly, and other institutions. A chamber music ensemble of variable size that draws on a diverse pool of superb musicians from the US, Europe, and Canada, Sarasa will be represented in this performance by Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sarah Darling, and Amie Weiss, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Timothy Merton, violoncello; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord. MORE

Published January 8, 2010
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New book on C.P.E. Bach from Markus Rathey

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Dr. Markus Rathey, associate professor of music history at the Institute of Sacred Music, was recently named Class of 1960 Fellow at Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.). In the Class of 1960 Fellows Program, Williams College invites outstanding figures to visit the campus. As distinguished fellow he will spend several days in the music department, talk to classes and deliver a public lecture to the college community. Prof. Rathey will visit Williams College in late February 2010 and lecture on “Defeminizing Virtue – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Hercules-Cantata and the Christmas Oratorio.”

A few weeks ago Professor Markus Rathey’s most recent book was published. Titled Kommunikation und Diskurs: Die Bürgerkapitänsmusiken Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs (Olms 2009), the book explores the relationship between music, philosophy, and patriotism in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s compositions for the militia in Hamburg in the second half of the 18th century. The study explores a wide spectrum of sources, spanning from the musical sources for Bach’s compositions over philosophical treatises, newspaper articles from the 1780s, to children’s’ books from this time and paints a fascinating and vivid image of music and culture during German Enlightenment.

Published January 8, 2010
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