Jazz bassist Ron Carter brings his trio to Yale March 23

“…his music embodies all the qualities that make jazz an
enduring, vital art form.”
–Stereo Review

The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music continues its 2011–2012 season on Friday, March 23 with a concert featuring the Ron Carter Trio. One of the most honored and popular bassists performing today, Carter will perform with two other jazz stars, pianist Donald Vega and guitarist Russell Malone.

Grammy Award-winner Ron Carter “is living proof that integrity and clarity of artistic vision are alive and well in… jazz,” enthused John Snyder of the jazz label EmArcy. Carter has been named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The NPR show Billy Taylor’s Jazz has noted that guitarist Russell Malone “brings new meaning to the term versatility,” and the Chicago Tribune asserts that his “whispering romanticism and gently arpeggiated chords had an undeniable seductive pull.”

Pianist Donald Vega has earned praise for his “firm technical command with inventiveness and sensitivity” (JazzReview.com). JazzTimes has called him “an exceptionally articulate pianist” with a “romantic lyricism.” His sound has been said to resonate with a touch of Oscar Peterson’s versatility and Bill Evans’ elegant lyricism.

The concert will begin at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street. Tickets are $20–$30, $10 with student ID, available at music.yale.edu, 203 432-4158, or at the box office in Sprague Hall. MORE

Published March 2, 2012
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Horowitz Piano Series closes season with Robert Blocker on March 21

“A pianist of purified technique and enormous sensitivity.”
– La Provincia

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Robert Blocker, on Wednesday, March 21. Blocker, hailed as “a pianist of purified technique and enormous sensitivity,” will perform a diverse program of music from the Baroque to the present day, including pieces by two Yale faculty composers.

Each half will open with musical fantasies, beginning with Haydn’s Fantasia in C major, Hob. XVII:4. The first half will also feature Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, a collection of eight character pieces, and Martin Bresnick’s Strange Devotion. Bresnick’s work, which is dedicated to Blocker, was inspired by Francisco de Goya’s etching Extraña Devoción, from the series Caprichos Enfáticos. Bresnick is a member of the School of Music’s composition faculty.

The second half of the concert reaches back to the Baroque, opening with J.S. Bach’s Fantasia in C minor. Next will be another collection from the Romantic period: Brahms’s masterful Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118.

The concert will close with another piece by a Yale faculty member, Ezra Laderman; Decade was written for Robert Blocker after his first ten years as Dean of the School of Music. After Blocker premiered the work in 2009, the Hartford Courant wrote: Decade is a new piano work worth getting excited about.” MORE

Published March 2, 2012
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Yale in New York presents De Profundis: music for low instruments

Frank Morelli

The Yale in New York concert series, directed by David Shifrin, closes its 2011-2012 season with De Profundis: The Deep End, a concert of music for low instruments. The bassoon, tuba, trombone, cello, double bass, and sackbut all take center stage in this performance.

Faculty performers – including Frank Morelli, bassoon; Scott Hartman, trombone; Donald Palma, double bass; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Ransom Wilson, conductor – will be joined by students and alumni on the stage of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The program will be presented twice: in New Haven on Wednesday, March 28, and in New York City on Sunday, April 1 (for real). The Wednesday concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street). The Sunday concert begins at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. MORE

Published March 2, 2012
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