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Violins, voices and African rhythms mark Yale in New York season

brentano_vBy Joe Amarante, New Haven Register

The recently announced eighth year of Yale in New York at Carnegie Hall will bring a world of variety: composer John Adams conducting the Yale Philharmonia and Brentano QuartetYale Opera performing music from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; and the Yale Percussion Group unveiling rhythms it collected this spring on a trip to Ghana alongside Mauricio Kagel’s instrumental-theatrical work “Dressur.”

And the great thing for Greater New Haven locals is you can catch the programs in the Elm City days before the New York show.

YSM recently announced its 2014-15 season of Yale in New York. In an April press event, Dean Robert Blocker said, “We think that (the New York series) is important because we expect more of our students than just being artists ... We expect them to be leaders.”

John Adams

The Adams-led concert, with Yale quartet-in-residence the Brentano Quartet and the Yale Philharmonia, will be performed at Woosley Hall Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. (tickets $10-$15, $5 for students) and then on Oct. 19 at Avery Fisher Hall, with Adams conducting his “Absolute Jest” paired with Beethoven’s 4th Symphony. Tickets there are $15-$40, $10 off for students, and available at Avery Fisher box office, 212-721-6500, or at

In a release, Artistic Director David Shifrin said, “We are thrilled to open the coming season by featuring our new quartet-in-residence, the Brentano, with the wonderful John Adams, who is a great friend of Yale. I’m also proud to continue our tradition of celebrating different areas of the school, with Yale Opera highlighting some of the treasures in the Beinecke Library, and the Yale Percussion Group sharing musical knowledge from their trip to Ghana.”