YSM faculty trumpeter Allan Dean to retire

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Over the course of 30 years at the Yale School of Music, faculty trumpeter Allan Dean has shared with students, colleagues, and audiences alike the yield of his vast musical experience. His career has been marked as much by excellence as it has by curiosity. Today, as Dean makes plans to retire at the end of the academic year, we celebrate what he has meant to our community and to the wider musical world.

“My gratitude for his collegiality and personal friendship is boundless,” YSM Dean Robert Blocker told the School of Music community. “Allan has contributed significantly to the artistic and academic maturation of the School of Music and to the discipline of music.”

Dean has played with the most venerated brass ensembles, including the New York Brass Quintet, of which he was a member for nearly two decades, as well as the American Brass Quintet, Summit Brass, St. Louis Brass Quintet, and Yale Brass Trio, alongside faculty hornist William Purvis and faculty trombonist Scott Hartman. For more than 20 years in New York City, Dean performed and recorded extensively, appearing on dozens of major-label releases of repertoire from early music to contemporary works.

A founding member of Calliope: A Renaissance Band and the New York Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble, Dean’s exploration of early music and period instruments has included performances with the Waverly Consort and the Smithsonian Chamber Players.

“This is a profoundly sad moment for me, but also an extraordinarily inspiring moment,” Purvis wrote on Facebook. “Allan has pursued a remarkably independent life in music that has epitomized curiosity and excellence in every aspect, every corner of music, to an extent that continues to inspire and instruct me on a daily basis.”

As a teacher, Dean has mentored musicians at such respected institutions as Indiana University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music. He has also taught and performed at festivals in the United States and abroad including the Spoleto and Casals festivals, and the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Trumpeter and Yale School of Music alumna Jean Laurenz ’13MM ’14AD said that Dean, “more than anything, created an environment of camaraderie that allowed each of our individual artistic voices to flourish.”

Dean arrived at YSM in 1988, succeeding longtime faculty trumpeter Robert Nagel Jr., with whom Dean worked in the New York Brass Quintet. In that respect, Dean continued a legacy at Yale while bringing his unique personality to his work. Dean has “transformed the lives of his students, his colleagues, and indeed those fortunate enough to have heard his performances on stage and through recordings,” Blocker said.

Allan Dean’s next concert at Yale will be with his colleagues in the Yale Brass Trio. A date for that performance will be announced soon.

Published October 12, 2018
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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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Yale Brass Trio performs music by Laderman and more Nov. 10

Yale Brass Trio

Yale Brass Trio

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by The Yale Brass Trio on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm.

The members of the trio, who all serve on the Yale School of Music faculty, are William Purvis, horn; Allan Dean, trumpet; and Scott Hartman, trombone.  They will be joined by award-winning guest pianist Mihae Lee.

After opening with music from the early Italian Renaissance, the program will honor the memory of Ezra Laderman with a performance of the late composer’s Brass Trio.

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Published November 2, 2015
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Yale Brass Trio celebrates music from the Renaissance to today in Feb. 9 concert

Yale Brass TrioThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by The Yale Brass Trio on Monday, Feburary 9 at 7:30 pm.

The trio comprises three Yale School of Music faculty members who all have established high-profile careers of their own: William Purvis, horn; Allan Dean, trumpet; and Scott Hartman, trombone. Along with award-winning guest pianist Mihae Lee, they will perform an eclectic program features music from the English Renaissance to 19th-century France to the present day. MORE

Published February 3, 2015
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Yale Brass Trio performs with Carol Jantsch, Mihae Lee Nov. 19

Yale Brass Trio

Yale Brass Trio

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by The Yale Brass Trio on Tuesday, November 19 at 8 pm. The members of the Yale Brass Trio — William Purvis, horn, Allan Dean, trumpet, and Scott Hartman, trombone — will be joined by Carol Jantsch, tuba; and Mihae Lee, piano.

The concert is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in performances that are free and open to the public. This program marks the first time that Jantsch, who joined the Yale faculty in 2012, will perform on the series. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. MORE

Published November 6, 2013
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Yale Brass Trio performs music from the Renaissance to today Nov. 14

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Brass Trio in a concert on the Faculty Artist Series on Wednesday, November 14. The trio comprises three Yale School of Music faculty members who all have established high-profile careers of their own: William Purvis, horn; Allan Dean, trumpet; and Scott Hartman, trombone. Along with guest artists such as pianist Mihae Lee, they will perform music from the early Italian Renaissance to the present day.

The program opens with a selection of pieces from the early Italian Renaissance, including selections by Bartolomeus Brolo and Cesaro Todino. Next they shift to twentieth-century Europe, performing Aria et Polonaise by the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen and Recréation for Brass Trio and Piano by Pierre Gabaye.

The second half of the concert opens with the Nocturne for trumpet and piano by contemporary American composer Anthony Plog. A dramatic piece, it features dark, brooding passages contrasted with uplifting tunes. Another duet follows, the lighthearted Divertimento for horn and piano by Jean Francaix. The concert concludes with a flourish: Plog’s Music for Brass Octet, featuring guest performers from the School of Music.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.
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Published November 7, 2012
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Yale Brass Trio performs music from the Renaissance to Rachmaninoff

Nov. 1 concert also features pianist Mihae Lee and composer Ezra Laderman

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Brass Trio in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Tuesday, November 1. The trio brings together three Yale School of Music faculty members who have all established high-profile careers of their own: Allan Dean, trumpet; William Purvis, French horn; and Scott Hartman, trombone.

For this performance, which explores music from the Renaissance to today, they will be joined by pianist Mihae Lee.

The concert will begin with early English music and works by the French Renaissance composer Guillaume Dufay. Ezra Laderman’s Trio for Brass, written in 2005, will offer a 21st-century contrast. Laderman, a faculty colleague of the performers, is a former dean of the School of Music, the president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a composer who has won three Guggenheim Fellowships, the Prix de Rome, and Rockefeller and Ford Foundation grants.

Fans of the Romantic period will enjoy Rachmaninoff’s Elegy for trombone and piano and Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces for horn and piano. The concert will conclude with tangos by Astor Piazzolla, which – along with the early Renaissance pieces – were transcribed for brass trio by Allan Dean.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. MORE

Published October 18, 2011
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Yale Brass Trio plays Renaissance and contemporary music Feb. 22

The Yale School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Recital by the Yale Brass Trio on Tuesday, February 22, at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The members of the trio, who all serve on the Yale School of Music faculty, are Allan Dean, trumpet; William Purvis, horn; and Scott Hartman, trombone. They will be joined by guest pianist Mihae Lee.

The trio will play music from the sixteenth century to today, featuring composers as diverse as the Renaissance master Johannes Ockeghem and the contemporary brass composer Anthony Plog, who will be present to hear his own Trio for Brass.

The program will open with music from the sixteenth century by Ockeghem and Loyset Compère and will jump to the twentieth century for Plog’s trio. In memory of the  modernist composer Milton Babbitt, who passed away this January, William Purvis will play Babbitt’s French horn solo Around the Horn. The other members of the trio will also play solos of their own: trumpeter Allan Dean will perform a set of solo variations by the Renaissance composer Jacob van Eyck, and Scott Hartman will play Enrique Crespo’s Improvisation No. 1 for solo trombone. Guest pianist Mihae Lee, whom the Boston Globe has called “simply dazzling,” will join the ensemble for Pierre Gabaye’s Recréation for brass trio and piano. MORE

Published February 10, 2011
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Yale Brass Trio performs works from Renaissance motets to the Baroque to Argentine tango

With guest artists Mihae Lee, piano, and — in his Yale debut — faculty artist Mike Roylance, tubist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

yale_brass_trio_vThe Yale Brass Trio and guest artists will perform a broadly varied Faculty Artist Recital on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program will range from the early Renaissance to the twentieth century, with music by the 14th-century composer Guillaume de Machaut as well as the contemporary Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola. Other composers represented on the program are Bach, Schumann, Malcolm Arnold, Robert Nagel, and Alec Wilder. The members of the trio – Allan Dean, trumpet; William Purvis, horn; and Scott Hartman, trombone – are all distinguished performers in their own right as well as faculty members at the Yale School of Music. They will perform with guest artist Mihae Lee, piano, and brass faculty colleague Mike Roylance, tuba.

This recital will be streamed live with high-definition video from the Yale School of Music website. Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

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Published January 15, 2010
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