Maccari and Pugliese offer guitar concert & class at Collection Nov. 11

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the classical guitar duo of Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese in a special event on Sunday, November 11 at 7 pm. The duo will offer Guitar Music of the Nineteenth Century: Interpretation and Performance, a concert and master class.

The class will feature works for guitar by Sor and Giuliani prepared by students in the Yale School of Music.

Born in 1970, Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese started their studies and researches in nineteenth-century music in 1988. Since then, they have been redefining the musical language of the Classical and Romantic periods using original instruments and historical methods. Maccari and Pugliese are cited in the 1997 guitar history book The Classical Guitar. Since playing their New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1992, they have been asked to give concerts and masterclasses by institutions and international festivals such as the Royal Academy and the Great Britain International Guitar Festival of London, the Academy of Music in Gröningen, the Darwin International Guitar Festival, the Sydney Guitar Society, the Guitar Foundation of Australia, the Parco della Musica in Rome, and many American universities and societies.

The duo has collaborated with such artists as John Williams and Malcolm Bilson. They teach nineteenth-century guitar at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, and are the artistic directors of the Ensemble Ottocento, an Italian orchestra specialising in nineteenth-century music performed on authentic instruments.

Maccari and Pugliese play original guitars: Mauro Giuliani’s and Nicolò Paganini’s guitars (Fabricatore), Guadagnini, Lacote, Panormo, Vinaccia and Garganese, with gut strings according to historical criteria.

The event is free and open to the public; call 203 432-0822 to reserve a seat. The Collection is located at 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven.

Published November 9, 2012
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New Music New Haven hosts renowned composer George Crumb Nov. 15

“One of the most distinctive compositional voices to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century.”

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring the music of George Crumb on Thursday, November 15, 2012. One of today’s most-performed composers, Crumb is the winner of a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, and numerous other honors.

The concert, which begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, will also include new works by graduate students in the School’s composition program: Michael Gilbertson, Balint Karosi, and Benjamin Wallace. Christopher Theofanidis is the artistic director of New Music New Haven.

Two pieces by George Crumb will be featured: the early Vox Balenae (Voice of the Whale) for amplified flute, amplified cello, and amplified piano; and selections from the more recent American Songbook III, sung by faculty soprano Janna Baty and conducted by Paolo Bortolameolli.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit


Published November 9, 2012
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Members of Yale Baroque Ensemble perform Nov. 13

Recital features Holly Piccoli, violin & David Fung, keyboards

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present a recital by two members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm. Holly Piccoli, violin, and David Fung, piano and harpsichord, will perform music from the Baroque and Classical periods.

The program includes violin works by Castello, Biber, and Mozart, and keyboard works by Purcell, Scarlatti, and Mozart.

The concert takes at the Collection of Musical Instruments (located at 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven) and is free and open to the public.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the excellent acoustic of the upstairs gallery.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by baroque violinist Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble at the Yale School of Music dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Using the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments’ set of new baroque instruments, members of the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785 to create idiomatic and virtuosic performances of this music. The Yale Baroque Ensemble is presented in a series of concerts each year, including a special appearance last spring at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as part of the Yale in New York series and an Italian tour with the Yale Schola Cantorum. As resident ensemble of the Collection of Musical Instruments, the Yale Baroque Ensemble performs recitals each term at 15 Hillhouse Avenue.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble plays on the YCMI’s collection of new baroque string instruments made by Jason Viseltear of New York City, after del Gesù, Amati, and Testore. Bows are from the YCMI collection, by David Hawthorne and Christopher English after seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century originals.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit

Published November 9, 2012
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