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Yale in NY presents the Yale Percussion Group at Carnegie Hall Jan. 25

Program features world premiere by Michael Laurello and music by Paul Lansky, Mauricio Kagel
January 20, 2015
The Yale Percussion Group in a recent performance with Angélique Kidjo | Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal

The Yale Percussion Group in a recent performance with Angélique Kidjo | Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal

The Yale in New York series at the Yale School of Music concludes its 2014–15 season with a concert by the Yale Percussion Group on Sunday, January 25 at 2 pm.

The YPG, which is directed by Robert van Sice, was a winner of the 2014 Percussive Arts Society competition. Composer Steve Reich has called the ensemble “something truly extraordinary.”

Sunday’s concert will take place in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The ensemble will present music from across the globe, including Mauricio Kagel’s masterful Dressur, Paul Lansky’s Textures, a world premiere from composer Michael Laurello, and works collected during Yale’s two-week trip to Ghana in May 2014.

The program opens with the world premiere of Michael Laurello‘s new percussion quartet Spine. Laurello, an Artist Diploma candidate at the Yale School of Music, has written for ensembles and soloists including Sō Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, and the Yale Philharmonia. Spine will be performed by Yifei Fu, Jeff Stern, and Matt Keown, percussion; and Georgi Videnov, piano.

Next the ensemble will play Paul Lansky‘s Textures, written in 2012–13. The piece for two pianists and two percussionists was composed for the group Hammer/Klavier. For this piece, percussionists Matt Keown and Jeff Stern will be joined by pianists Dominic Cheli ’16MM and Yevgeny Yontov ’14 MM.

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. The performers in this concert will be Kramer Milan, Terrence Sweeney, and Georgi Videnov.

The evening concludes with selections of 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.


January 25

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

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.