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The Yale Cellos perform old favorites and 
new arrangements April 11

March 12, 2012

“Dazzlingly well-disciplined.” – New York Times

The Yale School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos in their popular annual concert on Wednesday, April 11 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

Aldo Parisot will lead the ensemble that he founded in a diverse program of music from the baroque to the present day. Favorite pieces by Albinoni, Schumann, Villa-Lobos, and Scott Joplin will be performed alongside music by Ginastera, Davidoff, and others.

Three virtuoso soloists will open the program: Arnold Choi, performing Ginastera’s Pampeana; Sungchan David Chang, performing the first movement from the Cello Concerto by Russian-Latvian cellist and composer Carl Davidoff; and James Jeonghwan Kim, performing Martinu’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini. The first half will conclude with an audience favorite, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, performed by a quartet of cellists.

The full Yale Cellos ensemble will perform Alvin Wong’s new arrangement of Schumann’s Träumerei, from the collection Scenes from Childhood, followed by David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody, featuring faculty cellist Ole Akahoshi.

After Christopher Rouse’s Rapturedux, a modern tour de force for cello orchestra, the Yale Cellos will perform  Albinoni’s hypnotic Adagio in G minor. The concert concludes with Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, an exciting three-movement piece written for cellos by Parisot’s Brazilian compatriot Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Click HERE to watch a new video on the ensemble.

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

About the performers

“As a teacher, he is an object of pilgrimage.” — New York Magazine

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.