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Yo-Yo Ma to perform benefit concert at Yale January 13

Yo-Yo Ma | Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Yo-Yo Ma | Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, whose artistry and wide-ranging interests have earned him the adulation of audiences worldwide, will come to Yale University to perform a special benefit concert in Woolsey Hall on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Appearing at the invitation of legendary cellist and Yale professor Aldo Parisot, Yo-Yo Ma will perform a suite by J.S. Bach for solo cello, in a duet with Yale assistant professor of cello Ole Akahoshi, and as a concerto soloist with members of the Yale Philharmonia conducted by Mr. Parisot.

Of special interest, Yo-Yo Ma will interview Aldo Parisot onstage after intermission in what should be a lively and informative conversation between two masters of the cello who have enjoyed a warm friendship for many years. MORE

Published November 17, 2014
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Bach’s In Good Hands

Parisot-550x374New Haven Independent
By Lucy Gellman

Nonononono.” Aldo Parisot said with a sudden lowering of his hands, bringing a panoply of bows, all fiercely swinging to Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto No. 4 in F minor” (“Winter”) from The Four Seasons, to an abrupt halt.

“Somebody screwed it up. Was it you?”

A single finger pointed to the chest of a young cellist, who seemed to tighten his grip around the bow as he nodded solemnly.

There is much to know about Parisot, the founder and director of the Grammy-nominated, internationally recognized Yale Cellos. Two facts stand out this time of year. MORE

Published April 8, 2014
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New Haven Register: Yale Cellos yearly concert led by ‘seasoned’ duo’s work April 9

NEW HAVEN >> Older folks should take inspiration from Yale colleagues Aldo Parisot and Ezra Laderman, who have plenty of young musical admirers at Yale and beyond. They also have key roles in the annual Yale Cellos concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Morse Recital Hall.

Parisot, listed as 92 online, although he responds to a question about age by saying he’s 60 … “forever,” still teaches cello daily to 14 graduate students. He will lead the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos group he founded in a lush concert with pieces by Barber, Haydn, Bach, Vivaldi and … Laderman, who has contributed a new piece.

Laderman, former dean of the music school, who will be 90 in late June, is an accomplished composer who has written five pieces for Parisot.

“He writes very well for the cello,” Parisot says of Laderman. “He knows the instrument very well, and the pieces are wonderful!”  MORE

Published April 7, 2014
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Yale Cellos perform annual concert April 9

yale-cellos-groupThe Yale School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos in their popular annual concert on Wednesday, April 9 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Aldo Parisot will lead the ensemble that he founded in a diverse program of music from the baroque to the present day. Favorite pieces by Barber, Hadyn, Bach, and Vivaldi will be performed alongside new music by Yale faculty composer Ezra Laderman.

The first half of the concert will feature solo performers. Student cellists Yifan Wu, Sohyang Yoo, and Ji Eun Lee will perform selections by Barber, Bach, and Haydn, respectively, with pianist Wenbin Jin. MORE

Published March 14, 2014
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Video: Inauguration Celebration Concert

In honor of University President Peter Salovey’s inauguration, a musical celebration of all that is Yale was held on Friday, October 11th in Woolsey Hall.

The event was hosted by Master of Ceremony Robert Blocker, Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music, and featured performances by the University’s major performing ensembles: Yale Concert Band, Yale Philharmonia, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Camerata, and Yale Glee Club. Other performers included University Organist Thomas Murray; organist Paul Jacobs ’02MM, ’03AD; the Yale Cellos, directed by Aldo Parisot; and an ensemble of Yale guitarists, directed by Benjamin Verdery.

Watch the full video of the performance below. The concert starts approximately 10 minutes into the video.

Published October 14, 2013
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Yale Cellos perform 30th anniversary concert Apr. 10

The Yale School of Music celebrates the 30th anniversary of Yale Cellos in a concert on Wednesday, April 10. Founding director Aldo Parisot will lead the Grammy-nominated ensemble in music from the baroque to the present day, including pieces by Vivaldi, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Veracini, and others.

Four virtuoso soloists will open the program, beginning with special guest Patrick Jee, a YSM graduate who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic. Jee will perform the Fantasy by faculty composer Ezra Laderman, a piece that he has recorded for Albany Records. The other soloists are Jennifer Jinhee Park, Jurrian van der Zanden, and finally James Jeonghwan Kim, whose New York debut recital this February the New York Concert Review hailed as “absolute perfection.” MORE

Published March 13, 2013
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In memoriam: Dave Brubeck, 91

On December 5 the music world, and in particular American music, lost one of its great artists. Dave Brubeck‘s distinctive voice changed the landscape of jazz in this country and beyond.

Dave Brubeck, front left, with Aldo Parisot and the Yale Cellos in 2004.

One of Brubeck’s lifelong friendships was with Aldo Parisot, Professor of Cello of Yale and one of Yale’s longest-serving faculty members. This relationship began when they lived down the street from each other in Wilton, Connecticut when both were starting their careers. “Dave was an artist who always cared deeply that the music touched its listeners. And his technical skill, even in recent days, was amazing,” Professor Parisot commented. “Our friendship, through many years, was very special to me, and one of the great moments of my career was commissioning him to write some pieces that the Yale Cellos recorded several years ago.” Those pieces are on the disc Cello, Celli!, recorded in Morse Recital Hall and released by Naxos in 2004. Professor Parisot added, “It was very special to me personally, and emphasized Dave’s trust in the Yale School of Music, when he sent his son Matthew to study here. Matt graduated from Yale College and the School of Music and is a terrific musician.”

From left to right: Aldo Parisot, Dave Brubeck, and Robert Blocker

Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, said: “The School of Music celebrates the life of Dave Brubeck, his artistic accomplishments, and the many ways in which he became a musical ambassador for our nation. We will miss him, but his music will be with us in future generations.” Brubeck was also a regular guest at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut, where audiences always looked forward to his performances. Most recently, the Dave Brubeck Quartet headlined a gala celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the Music Shed in 2006. MORE

Published December 7, 2012
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The Yale Cellos perform old favorites and 
new arrangements April 11

“Dazzlingly well-disciplined.” – New York Times

The Yale School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos in their popular annual concert on Wednesday, April 11 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

Aldo Parisot will lead the ensemble that he founded in a diverse program of music from the baroque to the present day. Favorite pieces by Albinoni, Schumann, Villa-Lobos, and Scott Joplin will be performed alongside music by Ginastera, Davidoff, and others.

Three virtuoso soloists will open the program: Arnold Choi, performing Ginastera’s Pampeana; Sungchan David Chang, performing the first movement from the Cello Concerto by Russian-Latvian cellist and composer Carl Davidoff; and James Jeonghwan Kim, performing Martinu’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini. The first half will conclude with an audience favorite, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, performed by a quartet of cellists.

The full Yale Cellos ensemble will perform Alvin Wong’s new arrangement of Schumann’s Träumerei, from the collection Scenes from Childhood, followed by David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody, featuring faculty cellist Ole Akahoshi.

After Christopher Rouse’s Rapturedux, a modern tour de force for cello orchestra, the Yale Cellos will perform  Albinoni’s hypnotic Adagio in G minor. The concert concludes with Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, an exciting three-movement piece written for cellos by Parisot’s Brazilian compatriot Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Click HERE to watch a new video on the ensemble.

Tickets to this concert are $10 to $20, $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


Published March 12, 2012
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Yale Philharmonia pairs Haydn and Mahler Feb. 24

Featuring guest conductor Xu Zhong, cellist Wang Jian, and more

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert of music for chamber orchestra on Friday, February 24 at 8 pm.

Renowned cellist Aldo Parisot will conduct his former student Wang Jian (pictured at left) in a Haydn cello concerto, and Chinese conductor Xu Zhong will lead the orchestra in the chamber arrangement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.

While the Yale Philharmonia usually performs in Woolsey Hall, this concert will be performed in the more intimate space of Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall Street).

The concert opens with Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major, featuring soloist Jian Wang, a graduate of the School of Music (’88 CERT) and a protégé of the late Isaac Stern. The renowned cellist Aldo Parisot, who last year celebrated his fiftieth year on the Yale faculty, will conduct the concerto.

In 1921, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major – already the most compact of Mahler’s symphonies – was arranged for a small chamber orchestra. The arrangement was created for Vienna’s Society for Private Musical Performances, which offered enthusiasts a way to hear new compositions. MORE

Published January 24, 2012
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The Yale Cellos premiere a new work by Ezra Laderman and perform favorites from Bach to Brubeck on April 20

The Yale School of Music presents the annual concert by the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos on Wednesday, April 20 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The diverse program will feature music from the baroque to the present day, with pieces by Bach, Grieg, Stravinsky, Bright Sheng, and more.

Photo by Bob Handelman

The concert will open with a movement from a sonata by the Baroque composer Giuseppe Valentini. Two pieces from the twentieth century follow: the Tarantella from Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and the Humoresque, Op. 5, by the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The ensemble will then give the world premiere of Ezra Laderman’s Cello Variations, written for Aldo Parisot and the Yale Cellos.

Tibetan Dance, by the Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng, will open the second half of the program, which will also include transcriptions of music from the baroque and the twentieth century: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Dave Brubeck’s Concordia, Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, and two movements from Vivaldi’s “Winter” Concerto in F minor from The Four Seasons.

Published March 31, 2011
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