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Yale Brass Trio performs music from the Renaissance to today Nov. 14

November 7, 2012

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Brass Trio in a concert on the Faculty Artist Series on Wednesday, November 14. The trio comprises three Yale School of Music faculty members who all have established high-profile careers of their own: William Purvis, horn; Allan Dean, trumpet; and Scott Hartman, trombone. Along with guest artists such as pianist Mihae Lee, they will perform music from the early Italian Renaissance to the present day.

The program opens with a selection of pieces from the early Italian Renaissance, including selections by Bartolomeus Brolo and Cesaro Todino. Next they shift to twentieth-century Europe, performing Aria et Polonaise by the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen and Recréation for Brass Trio and Piano by Pierre Gabaye.

The second half of the concert opens with the Nocturne for trumpet and piano by contemporary American composer Anthony Plog. A dramatic piece, it features dark, brooding passages contrasted with uplifting tunes. Another duet follows, the lighthearted Divertimento for horn and piano by Jean Francaix. The concert concludes with a flourish: Plog’s Music for Brass Octet, featuring guest performers from the School of Music.

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 performers

Allan Dean is Professor of Trumpet (Adjunct) at the Yale School of Music and currently performs with Summit Brass, St. Louis Brass, and the Yale Brass Trio.  He was a member of the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years and freelanced in the New York City concert and recording field for over 20 years. At Yale, Allan Dean coaches brass chamber music and directs the Yale Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble in addition to teaching trumpet. He performs and teaches each summer at the Mendez Brass Institute and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He has also appeared at the Spoleto and Casals Festivals, the Banff Centre (Canada), Orford Arts Centre (Canada), Musiki Blekinge (Sweden), Curitiba Music Festival (Brazil), and Morella Festival (Spain). He can be heard playing both modern trumpet and early brass on over 80 recordings on most major labels.  » allanjdean.com

William Purvis pursues a multifaceted career both in the U.S. and abroad as horn soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator. A passionate advocate of new music, Mr. Purvis has participated in numerous premieres as hornist and conductor, including horn concerti by Peter Lieberson and Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steven Stucky’s Sonate en Forme de Préludes with Emanuel Ax in Carnegie Hall. Mr. Purvis is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Yale Brass Trio, and Triton Horn Trio. A frequent guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he has also collaborated with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Orion, Brentano, and Fine Arts string quartets. His many recordings span an unusually broad range; recent recordings include the Horn Concerto of Peter Lieberson on Bridge (Grammy and WQXR Gramophone awards) and Mozart and Beethoven quintets on historical instruments with the Smithsonian Players. Since 1999, Mr. Purvis has been a faculty member at the Yale School of Music, where he is coordinator of winds and brass and directs the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

Scott Hartman, trombone, joined the Yale faculty in 2001. Mr. Hartman received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Eastman School of Music and began his career by joining the Empire Brass Quintet and the Boston University faculty in 1984. As a trombone soloist and with his various chamber groups, Mr. Hartman has taught and played concerts throughout the world and in all fifty states. He regularly performs and records with the Yale Brass Trio, Proteus 7, Millennium Brass, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the trombone quartet Four of a Kind. Mr. Hartman spends several weeks each summer in residence at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Praised by Boston Globe as “simply dazzling,” pianist Mihae Lee has captivated audiences worldwide with her lyricism and virtuosity. An artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and a founding member of the Triton Horn Trio, Ms. Lee appears frequently at festivals including Dubrovnik, Amsterdam, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, and Norfolk. She has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bargemusic, and Speculum Musicae and has collaborated with the Muir, Cassatt, and Manhattan string quartets. A first-prize winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, Ms. Lee studied at Juilliard and the New England Conservatory. She is the artistic director of the Essex (Conn.) Winter Series and has released compact discs on the Bridge, Etcetera, EDI, Northeastern, and BCM labels.