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The Yale Cellos premiere a new work by Ezra Laderman and perform favorites from Bach to Brubeck on April 20

March 31, 2011

The Yale School of Music presents the annual concert by the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos on Wednesday, April 20 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The diverse program will feature music from the baroque to the present day, with pieces by Bach, Grieg, Stravinsky, Bright Sheng, and more.

Photo by Bob Handelman

The concert will open with a movement from a sonata by the Baroque composer Giuseppe Valentini. Two pieces from the twentieth century follow: the Tarantella from Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and the Humoresque, Op. 5, by the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The ensemble will then give the world premiere of Ezra Laderman’s Cello Variations, written for Aldo Parisot and the Yale Cellos.

Tibetan Dance, by the Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng, will open the second half of the program, which will also include transcriptions of music from the baroque and the twentieth century: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Dave Brubeck’s Concordia, Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, and two movements from Vivaldi’s “Winter” Concerto in F minor from The Four Seasons.

Tickets to this concert are $10 to $20, $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu/concerts or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

Aldo Parisot’s career as a performer, teacher, and advocate for his instrument are extraordinary. In the seven decades of his career, he has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras with such conductors as Stokowski, Barbirolli, Bernstein, Mehta, Monteux, Sawallisch, Hindemith, and Villa-Lobos. He has premiered works written especially for him by Quincy Porter, Joan Panetti, Yehudi Wyner, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, among many others. He premiered the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Villa-Lobos in his New York Philharmonic debut, and created a sensation at the 1964 Tanglewood Festival with his premiere of Donald Martino’s Parisonatina al’Dodecafonia. Born in Brazil, Mr. Parisot came to the United States in 1946 and made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. He was a member of the Yale String Quartet and the creator of the internationally renowned Yale Cellos. Mr. Parisot has served on the faculties of Juilliard, Peabody, Mannes, and the New England Conservatory of Music. He joined the Yale faculty in 1958.

Formed in 1983 by Aldo Parisot, the Yale Cellos have earned an international reputation for successful recordings, richness of sound, virtuosity, and their many additions to the cello ensemble literature. In addition to annual concerts at Yale University, the ensemble has performed in Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and at cello festivals in France and England. In May of 2005, Mr. Parisot and the Yale Cellos toured Korea to great acclaim. The Yale Cellos under Mr. Parisot may be heard on the recording Cellists from Yale, issued in Brazil by Phonodisc, and The Yale Cellos Play Favorites, on Delos. Their disc Bach/Bachianas, also on Delos, received a Grammy nomination in 1988. The ensemble has recorded a CD for Albany Records of the music of Ezra Laderman, Three Works Written for Aldo Parisot. Their CD L’art du violoncelle was released by Calliope Records. Their most recent CD is Cello, Celli (Naxos, 2006), featuring works by Bach and Brubeck.