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Yale Percussion Group performs Jan. 24 at Yale, Jan. 25 at Carnegie Hall

Program to include Mauricio Kagel's Dressur and Paul Lansky's Textures
December 18, 2014
The Yale Percussion Group in Ghana, May 2014

The Yale Percussion Group in Ghana, May 2014

The Yale in New York series at the Yale School of Music concludes its 2014–15 season with two concerts by the Yale Percussion Group. The YPG, directed by Robert van Sice, will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, January 25 at 2 pm.

The night before, they will give their annual concert in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall on the Yale campus, at 7:30 pm. This concert will also stream live online.

The ensemble presents music from across the globe, including Mauricio Kagel’s masterful Dressur, Paul Lansky’s Textures, and a world premiere from composer Michael Laurello. The Sunday concert will also feature music inspired by Yale’s two-week trip to Ghana in May 2014.

The program includes a recent work from Paul Lansky: Textures, written in 2012–13, was composed for the group Hammer/Klavier and features two pianists and two percussionists.

Michael Laurello‘s new work Spine is a quartet for percussion and piano. Laurello is an Artist Diploma candidate in composition at the Yale School of Music and has written for ensembles and soloists including Sō Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, and the Yale Philharmonia.

The second half of the concert will feature Mauricio Kagel’s virtuosic and highly choreographed percussion trio Dressur (1977). The Yale Percussion Group earned raves for its performance of this same work at Carnegie Hall in 2010.

Sunday afternoon’s concert concludes with music inspired by Ghanaian drumming. The six graduate students of YPG and other Yale musicians spent time this year in Accra, Cape Coast, and the village of Yamoransa, conducting research and meeting with Ghanaian drum masters, sought out by scholars and musicians worldwide. The students recorded Ghanaian musical practices and African drumming rhythms for future transcription.

Terrence Sweeney, Georgi Videnov, Yifei Fu, Matthew Keown, Kramer Milan, and Jeffrey Stern are the current members of the YPG. Robert van Sice is the ensemble’s director. In these performances, the YPG will be joined by pianists Dominic Cheli ’16MM and Yevgeny Yontov ’14 MM.



The Yale Percussion Group plays Steve Reich at Cape Coast University, Ghana

The Yale Percussion Group plays Steve Reich at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana

January 24
Saturday at 7:30 pm
Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall
470 College Street, New Haven, CT
Tickets $10–20, Students $5


January 25
Sunday at 2:00 pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
57th St & Seventh Ave, New York, NY
$25 General Admission
$15 Students with ID
Available through the Carnegie Hall box office, by calling CarnegieCharge: (212) 247-7800, or online at www.carnegiehall.org



About the Yale Percussion Group

Founded in 1997 by Robert van Sice, the Yale Percussion Group has been called “something truly extraordinary” by composer Steve Reich. It is composed of talented and dedicated young artists who have come from around the world for graduate study at the Yale School of Music.

In recent seasons, the YPG has performed in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Galapagos Art Space, and the Kennedy Center. The YPG traveled to Ghana in 2014 as part of a music and service trip with the Yale Concert Band. The ensemble won the Percussive Arts Society competition in 2009 and 2014. A concert in 2012 called “75/100″ celebrated the birthdays of Steve Reich and John Cage. The Zankel Hall concert was part of the Yale in New York concert series.

Members of the YPG have gone on to form groups such as the acclaimed quartet So Percussion and the new ensemble Sandbox. YPG alumni have also performed with ensembles such as Third Coast Percussion, Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two, the Carnegie Hall Academy Ensemble, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

This post was updated Friday, January 23.