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The Declassified performs summer evening concert June 7

“A new collective of some of the brightest young classical musicians in the world…” – Time Out New York
May 21, 2013


The contemporary chamber ensemble The Declassified, known for its diverse approaches to audience engagement, will perform at the Yale School of Music on Friday, June 7 at 8 pm.

A pre-concert talk will take place at 7 pm. Both the talk and the concert will be in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Several YSM alumni will be among the performers, including Shelley Monroe Huang ’08MM, bassoon; Paul Murphy ’06MM, trumpet; Owen Dalby ’06BA, ’07MM, violin; Brian Ellingsen ’09MM, bass; and David Kaplan ’07MM, ’08MMA, piano. Also performing are clarinetist Alicia Lee, violinist Emily Popham Gillins, violist Meena Bhasin, and cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir. Murphy described the concert program as “youthful and invigorating.”

The program opens with two duets: Astor Piazzolla’s Three tangos for violin and double bass, and Sonnets for cello and piano by YSM alum Andrew Norman. Next comes  Martinu’s short jazz ballet La Revue de Cuisine. Scored for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello, and piano, the ballet features a variety of kitchen utensils flirting and scheming through a night in the kitchen.

The centerpiece of the evening is David Bruce’s Gumboots, written for clarinet and strings. The composer notes that “Gumboot Dancing… was born out of the brutal labour conditions in South Africa under Apartheid.” The piece, he adds, is “an abstract celebration of the rejuvinating power of dance, moving from introspection to celebration.”

The Declassified grew out of its members’ experiences in The Academy, a program that aims to develop a new, boundary-breaking kind of professional musician. Through performing, masterclasses, and teaching in public schools, fellows learn to interact dynamically with audiences. Alumni of The Academy decided to create their own ensemble, The Declassified, that embodied the training and development they had received. Now firmly, established, the ensemble has been hailed by the New York Times as “a new type of classical music group.”

This concert is their New Haven debut. Tickets to the concert are $15 general admission, $5 for students and children; the public can purchase tickets at music.yale.edu/concerts or at 203-432-4158. The concert is part of the 2013 Symposium on Music in Schools, which brings together 50 of the country’s finest music educators for four days of workshops, discussions, and other events.


About the Declassified

The Declassified is a cutting-edge chamber music society forging an integrated role for classical music in communities around the world. Based in New York City, The Declassified maintains a flexible roster of a new type of musician: virtuoso, arts advocate and educator. They design residencies to reach audiences of broad scope, bringing creative concert experiences to schools, hospitals, prisons and bars, as well as major international concert halls.

The Declassified was founded in 2011 by alumni of The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. Upon leaving this prestigious fellowship, the musicians were inspired not only to keep playing together, but also to create an entrepreneurial model for artists who want to meaningfully engage with society. As The Academy’s Ensemble ACJW, the musicians of The Declassified presented residencies in Spain, Mexico, Iceland, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Germany and Japan. Appearing at Carnegie Hall, their performances as Ensemble ACJW were called “dazzling” and “dynamic”; “categories be damned.” (New York Times).

In The Declassified’s inaugural season, they designed acclaimed residencies in Iceland, South Carolina, Florida, and throughout New York City. Projects for the 2012–2013 season include several return engagements to Iceland and South Carolina and new residencies in Mexico and Hong Kong, at conservatories including The Colburn and Juilliard Schools, and concert series at SUNY Purchase, Princeton, and Bargemusic. The Declassified maintains a close collaboration with Carnegie Hall, as resident artists on their Musical Connections program which supports their work this season in homeless shelters, hospitals and at Sing Sing prison, and as a partner in planning and conducting national and international residencies on an ongoing basis.



Hi, the new web site is visually pretty but I don’t see how to get a standard listing of upcoming concerts, arranged by date. Is this available at all? Why are past concerts listed along with upcoming ones, in random order?

May 25th, 2013 | einar

We’re sorry for the confusion! The blog (anything at http://music.yale.edu/news) displays items in the order that they were posted. Concert listings can be found at http://music.yale.edu/concerts, though there aren’t many events in summertime.

May 25th, 2013 | dana astmann


May 28th, 2013 | einar