Ensemble Caprice to explore Bach and the Baroque Gypsies at the Collection of Musical Instruments

“Imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is top-flight.”
New York Times

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the renowned Ensemble Caprice in the opening concert of the season on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 3 pm. Under the artistic direction of flute and recorder virtuosi Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. The group also includes David Jacques, baroque guitar; Elinor Frey, baroque cello; and Ziya Tabassian, percussion. Based in Montreal, the ensemble will offer a program called “Bach and the Baroque Gypsies,” exploring the possible influence on Bach of Eastern European and gypsy melodies contained in the Uhrovsa Manuscript from 1730. The group delved into similar territory on its highly regarded CD Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies, which was nominated for an Echo Klassik award.

Wrote the Chronicle Herald after one performance: “The playing of the musicians was expressive, the dynamics pliable as putty, the plasticity of their phrasing warm and extravagant, and their virtuosity brilliant.” MORE

Published September 20, 2010
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Home Grown Stars: Yale’s Ellington Program honors performing arts schools in a free concert October 1

Groups from Neighborhood Music School, Co-Op High, and ECA will perform

The Yale School of Music and the Duke Ellington Fellowship will celebrate the contributions of three New Haven performing arts schools on Friday, October 1 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven). The jazz concert, “Home Grown Stars,” will feature current and past students from the Cooperative Arts and Humanities Interdistrict Magnet High School (Co-Op), Educational Center for the Arts (ECA), and the Neighborhood Music School.

“After 38 years of active participation in music education, the Duke Ellington Fellowship is proud to showcase these three performing institutions that are unequalled in any city that I know of,” says Willie Ruff, professor of music and director of the Duke Ellington Fellowship Program at Yale. “These institutions deserve recognition. The Neighborhood Music School grew out of the settlement house movement, and over the past century many Yale students have honed their skills as teachers there. ECA was founded later, based on a new idea – having working artists to teach high school students – and it draws on a wide range of talent. The Co-Op has had a longstanding relationship with Yale and does a great job in nurturing the talents of our young people. They represent the next generation of performing artists.”

Each of the three schools will present its own set on the stage of Sprague Hall. The Premiere Jazz Ensemble from the Neighborhood Music School (NMS) is an eight-piece group composed of high school students and adults that will perform under the direction of Jeff Fuller. A nine-piece group from ECA, also directed by Fuller, will play with vocalist Erica Bryan, who is now a student at the Hartt School. A group of 15 musicians from CoOp High will play a variety of music under lead teacher Patrick Smith. A 35-voice chorus from CoOp High, under Harriett Alfred, will also perform. MORE

Published September 20, 2010
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