“Home Grown on Common Ground” concert features local stars

St. Luke’s Steel Band and Christian Sands, along with Yale performers Andy Akiho and friends

St. Luke's Steel Band

For the spring concert on the Ellington Jazz Series, artistic director Willie Ruff has gathered together an unusual array of talent from the New Haven area and Yale University for an exciting program. The concert is called “Home Grown on Common Ground,” and takes place on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The cast of local performers includes the remarkable 25-member St. Luke’s Steel Band and the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Christian Sands with Thadeus Exposé on bass and Arti Dixson on drums. Among the Yale performers is composer and steel pan virtuoso Andy Akiho, who will perform with the St. Luke’s Steel Band and with a large ensemble of woodwind, string, and brass players from the Yale School of Music.

The program will include music by steel pan players Liam Teague and Andy Akiho, Yale graduate composers Sam Adams and Richard Harrold, and the piece Fire Down Below by popular steel pan composer Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. Teague, a native of Trinidad and Tobago who serves on the faculty at Northern Illinois University, has been called “the Paganini of the steel pan.” Akiho is a composer and percussionist who “shreds on the steel pan, defying stereotypes about what kind of music that instrument is intended for” (Hartford Advocate). Akiho, Adams, and Harrold are all students in the Yale School of Music’s graduate program in composition. MORE

Published March 30, 2010
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Anton Kuerti, “the best pianist currently playing,” in Horowitz Series recital April 21

“One of the truly great pianists of this century… poignantly beautiful.”
– CD Review

Anton Kuerti. Photo by Martin Tsoian.

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Anton Kuerti in a special solo recital on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Kuerti, praised by a Fanfare magazine critic as “the best pianist currently playing,” will perform a classic program of music from Haydn and Mozart to Schumann and Mendelssohn.

Kuerti, whose recitals have sold out the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, will play Mozart’s Fantasy in C minor, K. 475; Haydn’s Sonata No. 62 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/52; Schumann’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22; Mendelssohn’s Fantaisie in F-sharp minor, Op. 28; and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110. Kuerti’s choice of repertoire and his interpretations reflects what the Boston Musical Intelligencer has called his “probing musical intelligence and utter disdain for theatrics.” MORE

Published March 30, 2010
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