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Yale Brass Trio plays Renaissance and contemporary music Feb. 22

February 10, 2011

The Yale School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Recital by the Yale Brass Trio on Tuesday, February 22, at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The members of the trio, who all serve on the Yale School of Music faculty, are Allan Dean, trumpet; William Purvis, horn; and Scott Hartman, trombone. They will be joined by guest pianist Mihae Lee.

The trio will play music from the sixteenth century to today, featuring composers as diverse as the Renaissance master Johannes Ockeghem and the contemporary brass composer Anthony Plog, who will be present to hear his own Trio for Brass.

The program will open with music from the sixteenth century by Ockeghem and Loyset Compère and will jump to the twentieth century for Plog’s trio. In memory of the  modernist composer Milton Babbitt, who passed away this January, William Purvis will play Babbitt’s French horn solo Around the Horn. The other members of the trio will also play solos of their own: trumpeter Allan Dean will perform a set of solo variations by the Renaissance composer Jacob van Eyck, and Scott Hartman will play Enrique Crespo’s Improvisation No. 1 for solo trombone. Guest pianist Mihae Lee, whom the Boston Globe has called “simply dazzling,” will join the ensemble for Pierre Gabaye’s Recréation for brass trio and piano.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, please visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Artists

Allan Dean is Professor of Trumpet (Adjunct) at the Yale School of Music and currently performs with Summit Brass, St. Louis Brass, and the Yale Brass Trio.  He was a member of the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years and freelanced in the New York City concert and recording field for over 20 years. At Yale, Allan Dean coaches brass chamber music and directs the Yale Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble in addition to teaching trumpet. He performs and teaches each summer at the Mendez Brass Institute and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He has also appeared at the Spoleto and Casals Festivals, the Banff Centre (Canada), Orford Arts Centre (Canada), Musiki Blekinge (Sweden), Curitiba Music Festival (Brazil), and Morella Festival (Spain). He can be heard playing both modern trumpet and early brass on over 80 recordings on most major labels.  » allanjdean.com

William Purvis pursues a multifaceted career both in the U.S. and abroad as horn soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator. A passionate advocate of new music, Mr. Purvis has participated in numerous premieres as hornist and conductor, including horn concerti by Peter Lieberson and Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steven Stucky’s Sonate en Forme de Préludes with Emanuel Ax in Carnegie Hall. Mr. Purvis is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Yale Brass Trio, and Triton Horn Trio. A frequent guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he has also collaborated with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Orion, Brentano, and Fine Arts string quartets. His many recordings span an unusually broad range; recent recordings include the Horn Concerto of Peter Lieberson on Bridge (Grammy and WQXR Gramophone awards) and Mozart and Beethoven quintets on historical instruments with the Smithsonian Players. Since 1999, Mr. Purvis has been a faculty member at the Yale School of Music, where he is coordinator of winds and brass. In 2008 he was appointed the interim director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. Mr. Purvis is also on the faculty of the Juilliard School.

Scott Hartman, trombone, joined the Yale faculty in 2001. Mr. Hartman received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Eastman School of Music and began his career by joining the Empire Brass Quintet and the Boston University faculty in 1984. As a trombone soloist and with his various chamber groups, Mr. Hartman has taught and played concerts throughout the world and in all fifty states. He regularly performs and records with the Yale Brass Trio,  Proteus 7, Millennium Brass, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the trombone quartet Four of a Kind. Mr. Hartman spends several weeks each summer in residence at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Praised by Boston Globe as “simply dazzling,” Korean-born pianist Mihae Lee has captivated audiences worldwide with her lyricism and virtuosity. She has performed in such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Berlin Philharmonie, and Taipei National Hall. An artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and a founding member of the Triton Horn Trio, Ms. Lee appears frequently at festivals including Dubrovnik, Amsterdam, Seattle, OK Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, and Norfolk. She has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bargemusic, and Speculum Musicae and has collaborated with the Muir, Cassatt, and Manhattan string quartets. A first-prize winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, Ms. Lee studied at Juilliard and the New England Conservatory. She is the artistic director of the Essex (Conn.) Winter Series and has released compact discs on the Bridge, Etcetera, EDI, Northeastern, and BCM labels.