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Yale Percussion Group plays high-energy program of Reich Sextet and more

Preview of Dec. 12 Carnegie Hall program brings back audience favorite Dressur by Mauricio Kagel
November 29, 2010

The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Percussion Group on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Renowned percussionist and educator Robert van Sice directs the ensemble, which has been called “something truly extraordinary” by composer Steve Reich.

Reich’s Sextet for keyboards and percussion is on the program, which also features Thierry de Mey’s intricately choreographed Musique de Tables, James Wood’s visceral Village Burial with Fire, and Mauricio Kagel’s Dressur. The theatrical Dressur thoroughly engaged New Haven audiences when it was performed in the Chamber Music Competition Winners’ Concert last May.

This concert is a free preview of the YPG’s Yale in New York concert at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 12. The members of the Yale Percussion Group, all graduate students at the Yale School of Music, are Yun-Chu Candy Chiu, Michael Compitello, John Corkill, Leonardo Gorosito, Ian Rosenbaum, and Adam Rosenblatt.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call 203 432-4158.

About the Yale Percussion Group

Founded in 1997 by Robert van Sice, the Yale Percussion Group is composed of talented and dedicated young artists who have come from around the world for graduate study at the Yale School of Music. Members of the YPG have gone on to form the acclaimed quartet Sō Percussion 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 University, and the Conservatoire de Genève (Switzerland).

About the Director

Robert van Sice has premiered more than one hundred works, including concertos, chamber music, and solos. He has made solo appearances with symphony orchestras and given recitals in Europe, North America, Africa, and the Far East. In 1989 he gave the first full-length marimba recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and has since played in most of Europe’s major concert halls, with many broadcasts by the BBC, Swedish Radio, Norwegian Radio, WDR, and Radio France. He is frequently invited as a soloist with
Europe¹s leading contemporary music ensembles and festivals, including the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Contrechamps, and L’Itinéraire and the Archipel, Darmstadt, and North American new music festivals. From 1988 to 1997 he headed Europe¹s first diploma program for solo marimbists at the Rotterdam Conservatorium. Mr. van Sice has given master classes in more than twenty countries and frequently visits the major conservatories in Europe as a guest lecturer. He joined the Yale faculty in the fall of 1997.


Steve Reich’s work is best experienced live. While that’s true of most music, it’s especially true of Reich’s percussion pieces. Sextet was performed at Yale’s Sprague Hall as part of New Music New Haven in 2001. I was there, and the hall itself was singing. Reich’s repetitive, slightly shifting in-and-out-of-phase rhythmic patterns reverberate around the room, sonorities building until the walls are resonating with sound. The listener ends up hearing things that were not played but are continuing sonic artifacts.

December 9th, 2010 | Elia Alexiades