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The Yale Cellos perform April 20 under the direction of Aldo Parisot

March 29, 2010

Music by Bach, Barber, Brubeck, & more, plus a world premiere by composer Angel Lam ’11AD

The Yale Cellos in rehearsal with director Aldo Parisot

The Yale School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated ensemble The Yale Cellos in its eagerly-anticipated annual performance on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Aldo Parisot will conduct the ensemble in a diverse program of Bach, Barber, Brubeck, and others, including the world premiere of Angel Lam’s The Emperor’s Eight Thousand Women Ghosts. Lam, an artist diploma candidate at the Yale School of Music, has twice won the Carnegie Hall emerging composer commission and has had her music premiered by Yo-Yo Ma. She will perform as narrator in the piece.

The Yale Cellos have long championed the classical compositions of Dave Brubeck; this concert will include the premiere of his Concordia as arranged for four cellos by the composer’s son, Matthew Brubeck, who was a student of Aldo Parisot. The program will also include Orawa by the Polish composer Wojciech Kilar (b. 1932), transcribed by Sascha Mandl.

Not everything on the program is new. Two Baroque works are Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Handel’s organ concerto in G minor, both arranged by Claude Kenneson. The program will also feature two movements of Grieg’s Holberg Suite and, in honor of Samuel Barber’s centennial, the moving Adagio for Strings.

Tickets to the performance are $10 to $20, $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Aldo Parisot

“As a teacher, he is an object of pilgrimage.” — New York Magazine

Aldo Parisot’s career as a performer, teacher, and advocate for his instrument are extraordinary. In the seven decades of his career, he has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras with such conductors as Stokowski, Barbirolli, Bernstein, Mehta, Monteux, Sawallisch, Hindemith, and Villa-Lobos. He has premiered works written especially for him by Quincy Porter, Joan Panetti, Yehudi Wyner, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, among many others. He premiered the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Villa-Lobos in his New York Philharmonic debut, and created a sensation at the 1964 Tanglewood Festival with his premiere of Donald Martino’s Parisonatina al’Dodecafonia. Born in Brazil, Mr. Parisot came to the United States in 1946 and made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. He was a member of the Yale String Quartet and the creator of the internationally renowned Yale Cellos. Mr. Parisot has served on the faculties of Juilliard, Peabody, Mannes, and the New England Conservatory of Music. He joined the Yale faculty in 1958.

About the Yale Cellos

Formed in 1983 by Aldo Parisot, the Yale Cellos have earned an international reputation for successful recordings, richness of sound, virtuosity, and their many additions to the cello ensemble literature. In addition to annual concerts at Yale University, the ensemble has performed twice at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and at cello festivals in France and England. In May of 2005, Mr. Parisot and the Yale Cellos toured Korea to great acclaim. The Yale Cellos under Mr. Parisot may be heard on the recording Cellists from Yale, issued in Brazil by Phonodisc, and The Yale Cellos Play Favorites, on Delos. Their disc Bach/Bachianas, also on Delos, received a Grammy nomination in 1988. The ensemble has recorded a CD for Albany Records of the music of Ezra Laderman, Three Works Written for Aldo Parisot. Their CD L’art du violoncelle was released by Calliope Records. Their most recent CD is Cello, Celli (Naxos, 2006), featuring works by Bach and Brubeck.