The Yale School of Music will be well-represented when the Essex Winter Series kicks off its 40th season on Sunday, Jan. 8. Along with YSM faculty hornist William Purvis, the series’ 2017 Fenton Brown Emerging Artists -- percussionist Sam Um ’17MM, trumpet players Aaron Plourde ’17MMA and Nozomi Imamura ’17MM, trombonist Matthew Russo ’12MM, and tubist Joseph Guimaraes ’18MM -- will perform an arrangement of Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. Plourde, Purvis, and Russo will also perform as a trio on the program, which features an impressive roster of musicians and a diverse collection of works.
The mission of EWS is "to bring the finest music, in live performance, to the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline Region during the winter months and to cultivate its appreciation to the widest audience," according the the series' website. The Emerging Artists program offers young, up-and-coming musicians the opportunity to perform in schools and retirement homes in the Connecticut River Valley and along the shoreline.
“EWS is committed to touching every age group with the power of music by bringing live classical music to young students and to senior citizens who are not able to come to our concerts,” pianist Mihae Lee, the series’ artistic director, said. “The idea of sharing music is always so precious and important to me, especially through great programs such as the Essex Winter Series, where they bring the joy of music to the widest audience,” Um said. “It is something that should exist everywhere and I am truly excited to be part of it.”
The Emerging Artists program is named after Fenton Brown, who, with Francis Beasley, founded the Essex Winter Series in 1978.
The Jan. 8 program will take place at 3 pm at Valley Regional High School, in Deep River, Connecticut.