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Yale Percussion Group brings its electric energy to Sprague Hall February 20

February 4, 2010

Concert features music for percussion ensemble by John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, and more

Members of the Yale Percussion Group in Morse Recital Hall

Members of the Yale Percussion Group perform in Morse Recital Hall

The Yale School of Music presents the sensational Yale Percussion Group on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street). Praised by composer Steve Reich as “something truly extraordinary,” the ensemble was a winner of the Percussive Arts Society’s 2009 International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Their performance on February 20 will feature John Cage’s Third Construction (1941) for four percussionists; Thierry de Mey’s Musique de Table, for three percussionists and amplified table; Mauricio Kagel’s Dressur, a theatrical, circus-themed work for percussion trio; and James Wood’s Rogosanti, a solo piece from 1986.

Robert van Sice, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty who is considered one of the foremost performers of contemporary music for marimba, is the director of the Yale Percussion Group. The members of the Yale Percussion Group are Candy Chiu, John Corkill, Leonardo Gorosito, Denis Petrunin, Ian Rosenbaum, and Michael Zell.

Videos of the Yale Percussion Group are available on the Vic Firth website. There you will find their performance of Musique de Table at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention in November 2009; performances in Sprague Hall of music by James Wood and Paul Lansky; and an interview with Robert van Sice.

Admission to the performance is free. For a live video stream of the concert, and for more information, visit the School of Music’s website.

About the Yale Percussion Group

Founded in 1997 by Robert van Sice, the Yale Percussion Group has been called “something truly extraordinary” by composer Steve Reich. It is composed of talented and dedicated young artists who have come from around the world for graduate study at the Yale School of Music. The ensemble was one of the winners of the Percussive Arts Society’s 2009 International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Members of the YPG have gone on to form the acclaimed percussion quartet Sō and to perform with Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two, the Carnegie Hall Academy Ensemble, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Yale percussion students and graduates have recently won the Linz (Austria) International Marimba Competition and the Concert Artist Guild Competition. Recent alumni teach at institutions such as Cornell, Dartmouth, Michigan State, SUNY Stonybrook, Umass Amherst, Baylor, and the Conservatoire de Genève (Switzerland).