American Brass Quintet performs Dec. 6

“Positively breathtaking.”
– New York Times

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the “breathtaking” American Brass Quintet in concert on Tuesday, December 6. Hailed as “the high priests of brass” by Newsweek and “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished” by the American Record Guide, the American Brass Quintet (ABQ) has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.

The members of the quintet – Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb, trumpets; David Wakefield, horn; Michael Powell, trombone; and John Rojak, bass trombone – will spend two days in residence at the School of Music, where they will hold master classes and workshops with YSM brass students.

In their concert on Dec. 6, contemporary works alternate with music from much earlier times. The first half opens with a set of Baroque canzoni by Erasmus Widmann and continues with the Fantasia and Rondo of 20th-century Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda. It concludes with the ABQ’s recent commission from Trevor Gureckis ’07MM. “Fixated Nights” describes the composer’s experiences with troubled sleep.

The second half of the program features a unique set of marches for brass ensemble by Classical composer Luigi Cherubini, a set of popular Renaissance chansons by Josquin des Prez, and Joan Tower’s “Copperwave,” commissioned in 2006 by the ABQ. The program concludes with a pair of Giovanni Gabrieli’s majestic canzoni. YSM faculty artists Allan Dean, trumpet; William Purvis, horn; and Scott Hartman, trombone, as well as two YSM students, will join the ABQ to perform these grand antiphonal works.

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Published November 16, 2011
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Michael Yaffe receives national award

National Guild Service Award recognizes exceptional long-term achievement in community arts education

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce that Associate Dean Michael Yaffe was honored with the National Guild Service Award this past Saturday, November 11. Conferred by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the award recognizes individuals who have given exceptional service to the Guild and to the community arts education movement.

Yaffe received the award at the Guild’s annual awards luncheon, held last Saturday at the national Conference for Community Arts Education. In his acceptance, Yaffe addressed the Guild’s members and proposed “a rallying cry that I hope we all can gather around and promote.”

“Arts education is the education of the emotions,” said Yaffe, “and we need that more than ever in our splintered and dysfunctional society. Emotional education can channel the anger in today’s politics. It can help us through traumas in our personal lives. It can teach us how to work together – to trust one another. And it could help to convince policy makers of the value of what we do. Over the years, I have become more and more convinced that it could be a unifying principle for all of us, in all levels of arts education.”

“Michael Yaffe is one of the nation’s leading proponents of community arts education,” said Dean Robert Blocker of the Yale School of Music. “He is responsible for transforming the lives of countless children and enriching their communities. The National Guild Service Award is a tangible expression of recognition for his unselfish commitment to music and to community arts education.”

Click HERE to read more about Michael Yaffe, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the award.

Published November 16, 2011
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