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Dec. 19th recital features music by Christopher Cerrone

Program includes solo and ensemble works; features numerous YSM alumni performers
December 11, 2013


The Yale School of Music presents music by composer Christopher Cerrone in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8 pm. The concert will feature performances by numerous YSM alumni including vocalist Mellissa Hughes, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and pianist Timothy Andres.

Cerrone, singled out as “the program’s highlight” by The New York Times, is a Brooklyn-based composer whose works range from chamber music, orchestral works, and fully staged operas to multimedia projects, ambient electronic works, and collaborations with visual artists. His first opera, Invisible Cities, based on Italo Calvino’s classic novel, has received rave reviews and completely sold out its 19 performances at Los Angeles’ Union Station.

Cerrone’s recital will begin with his 2010 composition Hoyt-Schermerhorn for piano and electronics, performed by pianist Timothy Andres. Percussionist Ian Rosenbaum will perform Memory Palace, described by the composer as “a kind of paean to places and people that have deeply affected me.” The piece calls for the percussionist to assemble instruments from bottles and slats of wood. Click here for video of two movements from the piece.


Cerrone will then present a DVD recording of Scene VII from his 2011 opera, Invisible Cities. The opera is based on the eponymous collection of prose poems by Italo Calvino about 55 imaginary cities as told by narrators Marco Polo and Kublai Khan. Cerrone commented in his program notes, “Invisible Cities is about… how our memories change as we get older, how our map of the world gets larger, and how our past is always being changed by our ever-shifting present.”

The concert will conclude with the recent composition I will learn to love a person, with text by Tao Lin. The piece will be performed by Mellissa Hughes, soprano; Ian Rosenbaum, percussion; Timothy Andres, piano; and Mingzhe Wang, soprano saxophone. Cerrone said of the piece, “In setting out to write my first large vocal piece since completing my opera Invisible Cities in 2011, I wanted to work with a different kind of text from Italo Calvino’s stylized, aphoristic prose. I hoped to find something more immediate that spoke directly to my life: that of an overeducated 29-year-old Millennial—having grown up suburban, overpraised, with the Internet a constant presence.”

The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The recital will also stream live at music.yale.edu/livestream. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.



About Christopher Cerrone

Hailed as “a rising star” by The New Yorker and singled out as “the program’s highlight” by The New York Times, Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984) is a Brooklyn-based composer of works ranging from chamber music, orchestral works, and fully staged operas to multimedia projects, ambient electronic works, and collaborations with visual artists. His diverse catalog synthesizes modernist and minimalist influences, sound design, and evocative orchestration into a lyrical and expressive whole.

Recent collaborations include performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, eighth blackbird, New York City Opera, Tulsa Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Ensemble ACJW. His opera, Invisible Cities, will be presented by The Industry in collaboration with the LA Dance Project in the Fall of 2013; the interactive production, directed by Yuval Sharon, took place in L.A.’s historic Union Station.

Cerrone has received awards and grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chamber Music America, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, OPERA America, the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, and New Music USA, and holds degrees from the Yale and the Manhattan School of Music. For seven years, he was co-artistic director of Red Light New Music and he is currently one-sixth of the Sleeping Giant composer collective. His works are published by Project Schott New York.