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Concert remembers composer, former dean Ezra Laderman March 2

Ezra LadermanThe Yale School of Music presents a concert in memory of the late Ezra Laderman on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 pm. Laderman served as Dean of the Yale School of Music from 1989 to 1995 and on faculty as professor of music until his retirement in 2014.

The concert will feature selections from several of Laderman’s compositions, as well as spoken and video tributes from his Yale colleagues.

The world premiere of Laderman’s Partita for Solo Violin will be performed by alumnus Benjamin Hoffman.

Frank Morelli and Ole Akahoshi, both members of the School of Music faculty, will play movements from the Partitas for solo bassoon and solo cello, respectively. MORE

Published February 23, 2016
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Frankl and colleagues present celebratory recital Feb 6

Peter Frankl, piano

Peter Frankl, piano

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert celebrating Peter Frankl‘s 80th birthday year on Saturday, February 6 at 4:00 pm.

Frankl, a pianist, will team up with fellow YSM faculty members Ani Kavafian, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; Frank Morelli, bassoon; William Purvis, horn; and Janna Baty, soprano. In various configurations, they will perform music from Schumann and Saint-Saëns to Dohnányi and Dutilleux.

The program opens with three duets: Camille Saint-Saëns‘ Five Songs for oboe d’amore and piano; Robert Schumann‘s Three Romances for bassoon and piano; and Henri Dutilleux‘s Choral, Cadence et Fugato for trombone and piano. MORE

Published January 12, 2016
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Aldo Parisot leads the Yale Cellos in concert on Wednesday, April 15

yale_cellos1Aldo Parisot will lead the Grammy-nominated ensemble that he founded over thirty years ago in a diverse program of music from the baroque to the present day. The works will range from classics by Arcangelo Corelli, J. S. Bach, and Edvard Grieg to newer works by Ezra Laderman and Dave Brubeck. TICKET INFO

The concert begins with the Allegro agitato from Edvard Grieg’s Cello Sonata in A minor, performed by Chang Pan, a second-year master’s student of Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music. Assistant professor of cello Ole Akahoshi, who performed a duet with Yo-Yo Ma in Woolsey Hall in January, will then perform the Partita for Solo Cello by Ezra Laderman.

Laderman, who passed away on February 28, was a prolific composer who served as dean of the Yale School of Music from 1989 to 1995 and later as professor of composition until his retirement in 2013. His longtime connection with the Yale Cellos was particularly rich, and over the years Aldo Parisot and the Yale Cellos performed and recorded a number of works Laderman wrote for the ensemble. MORE

Published March 24, 2015
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Faculty trio plays Czech chamber music Feb. 22

Ole Akahoshi, cello

Ole Akahoshi, cello

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital of Czech Chamber Music on Sunday, February 22 at 4:00 pm.

Faculty members Kyung Yu, violin; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Wei-Yi Yang, piano, will play music by four Czech composers: Dvořák, Janáček, Smetana, and Suk.

The concert opens with Josef Suk’s trio Elegie, Op. 23. Next are two duos: Antonín Dvořák’s Four Romantic Pieces for violin and piano, Op. 75, and Leos Janáček’s Pohádka (A Fairy Tale) for cello and piano. MORE

Published February 17, 2015
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Peter Frankl, Ole Akahoshi perform the five Beethoven cello sonatas Feb. 8

Peter Frankl, piano

Peter Frankl, piano

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents the complete Beethoven cello sonatas in one afternoon. They will be performed by pianist Peter Frankl and cellist Ole Akahoshi on Sunday, February 8 at 2:00 pm.

“To play Beethoven’s five cello sonatas is to trace his life story,” cellist Steven Isserlis has written. The sonatas span each of Beethoven’s three creative stages, and to perform them in one afternoon is a significant achievement. For audiences, the opportunity to hear all five together is unusual and exciting. MORE

Published February 2, 2015
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Yo-Yo Ma Performs Benefit Concert for Yale Cellos

Cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Aldo Parisot

Cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Aldo Parisot

Yale Daily News | By Stephen Lewis, Staff Reporter

Last night, internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma shared the stage with Yale faculty and students for his first performance at the University since 1987.

Ma’s performance, which took place in Woolsey Hall, was a benefit concert for the Yale School of Music cello program. Ma performed six pieces that featured Yale professor of cello Ole Akahoshi and members of the Yale Philharmonia. Yale professor of conducting Toshiyuki Shimada highlighted Ma’s role as an ambassador of classical music in addition to his legacy as a musician, adding that he thinks Ma’s return for a second performance speaks to the importance of Yale in the cello world. MORE

Published January 15, 2015
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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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Faculty pay tribute to composer Alfred Schnittke in Nov. 19th concert

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Alfred Schnittke

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents a concert of music by Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998) commemorating the 80th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Sarita Kwok, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Wei-Yi Yang, piano will play three of Schnittke’s duos for strings and piano. This concert offers a relatively rare opportunity to hear a full evening of work by the Soviet composer.

Schnittke focused mainly on chamber music, particularly the human-like voices of string instruments. He developed a polystylistic approach that combined and juxtaposed styles from across eras. The violinist Midori has written that “Schnittke saw music as a chronicling of human life and of the history that shaped it.” MORE

Published November 14, 2014
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School holds opening Convocation Sep. 3

YSM-Convocation-103At the Yale School of Music’s annual Convocation, which took place Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Morse Recital Hall, Provost Benjamin Polak installed the incoming class of YSM students. Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music, hosted the event and honored several attendees.

Gregory E. Sterling, Dean of the Yale Divinity School, gave the invocation. Dean Blocker recognized Paul Berry, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Music History. Berry was one of only ten recipients of the Provost’s inaugural Teaching Prize (story here).

YSM-Convocation-039Dean Blocker conferred the Cultural Leadership Citation upon Dorothy K. Robinson, Vice President and General Counsel of the University. MORE

Published September 5, 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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