“Bresnick is a major voice.”
–Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert of music by the award-winning composer Martin Bresnick on Monday, February 13. Featuring performances by pianist Robert Blocker, the acclaimed piano-cello duo TwoSense, and alumni of the School of Music, the concert is a tribute to Bresnick’s thirty years on the Yale faculty. Bresnick, a professor of composition, is also the coordinator of the composition department at the School of Music.
“Bresnick’s legacy as a teacher is secure,” writes John Schaefer on emusic, “but it has threatened to overshadow the fact that Bresnick can just flat-out write.” As evidence of this, Bresnick also the winner of such prestigious awards as the Rome Prize, a Fulbright grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others.
The piano-cello duo TwoSense, featuring Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars Ashley Bathgate (’07 MM, ’08 AD), cello and Lisa Moore, piano, will open the concert with “Ballade,” an homage to Brahms. Bathgate will join with violinist Sarita Kwok (’06 AD, ’09 DMA) to perform “Bird as Prophet” (1999), a piece that Fanfare Magazine considers “an expansive yet concentrated power of expression.”
Robert Blocker, the dean of the Yale School of Music, will perform “Strange Devotion,” a movement from Bresnick’s collection “Caprichos Enfaticos” (inspired by Francisco Goya’s masterful series of paintings, Los Destastres de la Guerra).
Percussionists Robert van Sice (a YSM faculty member) and Ian Rosenbaum (’10 MM, ’11 AD) will join with pianist Moore to perform the double concerto “Grace.” In the piece, writes Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times, “extended passages of halting rhythms and quizzical restraint are broken up with bursts of precise and telling gestures.”
Rosenbaum and fellow YSM percussion alum Michael Compitello (’09 MM) will both play and speak in “A Message from the Emperor,” based on Kafka’s short story of the same name. “Songs of the Mouse People,” for cello and vibraphone (Bathgate and Compitello, respectively), is also based on Kafka, in this case the story “Josephine the Mouse Singer.”
TwoSense will return to the stage to close the concert with the new work “Prayers Remain Forever,” which the duo premiered last month in New York.
The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.
About the Composer
Martin Bresnick is the Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Composition at the Yale School of Music. His music has been performed in festivals and concerts throughout the world, and he has been acclaimed for compositions in virtually every medium. His numerous honors including the Rome Prize, the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the first Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Aaron Copland Award for teaching from ASCAP, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has had commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm foundations, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Martin Bresnick’s compositions are published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, New York; Bote & Bock, Berlin; and CommonMuse Music Publishers, New Haven; and have been recorded by Cantaloupe, New World Records, Albany, Bridge, CRI, Centaur, and Artifact Music. He joined the Yale faculty in 1981 and is currently the coordinator of the composition department.