Video: Jazz Concert Preview

“The drum is central to American jazz music,” says Willie Ruff in a new video. “Without the drum, the language dies.”

Watch Willie Ruff talk about jazz drumming and Friday’s concert featuring the percussion quartet The Whole Drum Truth.

Published November 1, 2011
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Tokyo String Quartet looks to future

Dean Robert Blocker announced this morning that violist Kazuhide Isomura and second violinist Kikuei Ikeda will retire from the Tokyo String Quartet in June, 2013.

One of the world’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles, the Tokyo String Quartet was founded in 1969 and has been the quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival since 1976. Dean Blocker said: “Kikuei Ikeda and Kazu Isomura made transformative contributions to the School and to its renowned chamber music program for more than 35 years. Throughout their time in the Tokyo Quartet, they and their colleagues have earned international acclaim for their artistry and their passion for the quartet literature.”

Isomura, who has been a member of the group since its inception, and Ikeda, who joined in 1974, will perform and teach with the quartet through the end of the 2012–2013 academic year. In the summer of 2013, a new violinist and violist will join Martin Beaver, first violin, and Clive Greensmith, cello.

The Tokyo String Quartet was thrust into the international spotlight in the early 1970s as a result of an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Since that time, it has released more than 30 records and CDs on Deutsche Grammophon, BMG/RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel-EMI, CBS Masterworks, and Vox Cum Laude, and earned most of the world’s major recording prizes: the Grand Prix du Disque; the Montreux “Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year”; Stereo Review and Gramophone awards; and seven Grammy nominations. The Quartet is currently involved in a multi-disc project of the complete Beethoven string quartets for the Harmonia Mundi label. In the summer of 2012, with Ikeda and Isomura, it will join the Artis and Keller Quartets in the performance of the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. MORE

Published November 1, 2011
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Yale Philharmonia performs with Shinik Hahm, Lindsay Garritson Nov. 17

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert featuring Romantic music on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Shinik Hahm will conduct the orchestra, and Lindsay Garritson will be the piano soloist. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, corner of Grove Street).

Mendelssohn’s Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open the concert, and pianist Lindsay Garritson will perform the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Garritson, a graduate of the School of Music, appears as a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition. She is also a prizewinner in competitions such as the Montreal International Piano Competition, Mozarteum International Chopin Competition, and MTNA Young Artist Competition.

The second half of the concert will feature Rachmaninoff’s three-movement Symphonic Dances. The last work that Rachmaninoff completed, it showcases the orchestra’s rich variety of tone colors.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Shinik Hahm, the resident conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, has been a professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music since 2004. A dynamic and innovative musician, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. In 2006 Maestro Hahm completed his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, with which he toured the U.S. in 2004 and Japan in 2005. Hahm served as Music Director of the Abilene (Tex.) Philharmonic Orchestra for a decade (1993-2003), successfully converting the community ensemble into a professional regional orchestra.

As pianist and violinist, Lindsay Garritson has been touring the country and abroad since the age of four. As winner of several concerto competitions, Lindsay has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, University City Symphony, and the European Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Most recently, she was awarded second prize in the 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition and first prize at the 2010 Mozarteum International Chopin Competition in Salzburg. She has participated in numerous music festivals including Aspen, Orford (Canada), and International Holland Music Sessions. Lindsay received her B.A. from Principia College and her M.M. and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music as a student of Boris Berman.

Published November 1, 2011
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