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Yale in New York opens season at (Le) Poisson Rouge

“The Yale School of Music has established a formidable presence with its Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall these last three seasons, mainly by presenting inventive programs of mostly new or unusual works.”
— Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 2/10/10

On Monday, October 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm, the adventurous Yale in New York series opens its fourth season with Sleeping Giant at (Le) Poisson Rouge, the celebrated music club in Greenwich Village (158 Bleecker Street between Thompson St. and Sullivan St.). Sleeping Giant is a group of young composers, all Yale School of Music graduates:
Timo AndresTed HearneJacob CooperChristopher CerroneRobert Honstein

The composers’ works have appeared in clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S. and Europe, with performances by ensembles ranging from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra to New York City Opera and the JACK Quartet.

Sleeping Giant presents music that prizes vitality over a rigid aesthetic. Its fall showcase at LPR features a healthy variety of music from its composers. The world premiere of Jacob Cooper’s austere and time-bending Cello Octet is pit against Ted Hearne’s rhythmic and metallic duet for piano and percussion One of Us, One of Them. Christopher Cerrone’s strikingly visual Averno: A Fragment, set with voracity and longing to texts by Louise Glück, will be played alongside Timothy Andres’s gracious Clamber Music and Robert Honstein’s rock-inspired song-without-words Why Are You Not Answering.

Christopher Cerrone describes Sleeping Giant as “a network of interrelated and interconnected styles more than one united by a single aesthetic. Jacob and I write music influenced by the translation of electronic music into acoustic music; Jacob and Ted have a strong interest in rock instrumentation. Ted and Timo have a strong interest in pulsation; Timo and Robert write music of extreme gentleness. So while there’s not one interconnecting thread, each of us have common interests that draw us together.”


Yale in New York presents Sleeping Giant at LPR on Oct. 11
» Timothy Andres: Clamber Music (2010) (NY Premiere)
»Christopher Cerrone: Averno: A Fragment (2006)
» Jacob Cooper: Cello Octet (2010) (World Premiere)
» Ted Hearne: One of Us, One of Them (2005)
» Robert Honstein: Why Are You Not Answering? (2010)

Timo Andres, piano
Joe Bergen, percussion
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Arnold Choi, cello
Owen Dalby, violin
Lisa Dowling, double bass
David Friend, piano
Mary Mackenzie, soprano
Tema Watstein, violin
Owen Weaver, percussion
Alvin Wong, cello

And members of the Yale Philharmonia

Hear Sleeping Giant on WQXR’s Q2.