Library hosts 'Notes in MidWinter'
Updated 10:03 am, Friday, January 20, 2012
The New Canaan Library's Sunday afternoon concert series, Notes in MidWinter, continues at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 with Jonathan Yates on piano, Carol McGonnell on clarinet and Ramin Ramarkrishnan on cello playing works by Johannes Brahms. Admission is free but seating is limited and early arrival is recommended.
Pianist Jonathan Yates was recently named music director of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, becoming the seventh director in the orchestra's 72-year history. He has earned high praise as a conductor, solo pianist and collaborative artist for his musicianship, intellect and the remarkable variety of his musical endeavors. Yates made his professional orchestral conducting debut at 23, leading the National Symphony Orchestra. The following year he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a participant in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop.
He serves as founding music director of Camerata Notturna, one of the New York City's most exciting young chamber orchestras, and as conductor of the Sarah Lawrence College Orchestra. He recently made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut as the Music Director of the Norwalk Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Last season he, clarinetist Charles Neidich and Camerata Notturna presented a 102nd birthday tribute to Elliot Carter that featured the New York premiere of Carter's Sound Fields, with the composer in attendance. Under the guidance of Yo-Yo Ma, he was also a participant in the Silk Road Ensemble's Tanglewood Workshops.
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Yates received his graduate diploma in conducting from the Juilliard School, where he was the holder of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He received his master of music from State University of New York and his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.
Dublin-born Carol McGonnell was recently hailed as "an extraordinary clarinetist" by the New York Times. She is known for the expressive power of her playing of standard repertoire, and also enjoys exploring cutting-edge developments in new music. She recently performed as soloist in both John Adam's "In Your Ear Festival" at Carnegie and in LA's "Monday Evening Concertsm" curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and has also participated at the Marlboro Music Festival, Vermont and performed at the inaugural concert of Zankel Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. She has performed as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Knights Chamber Orchestra and with ensembles including the Zankel Band, Ensemble Modern, Camerata Pacifica and the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. She has been broadcast on Irish national television and radio, Lyric FM, BBC 3 and American national public radio.
McGonnell is a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble; a dynamic New York group that has recently released a CD of the music of Tristan Murail on the Aeon label, a recording listed as one of the top ten classical recordings of 2007 by Time Out New York. Last October, for the Irish Consulate in New York, she devised a programme called New Music, New Ireland, New York, which was presented at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
McGonnell is artistic director of Music for Museums, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland and including museums such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the LA Getty. She studied in Ireland with Brian O'Rourke and in New York with Charles Neidich. She is currently one of the 16 handpicked fellows of the first phase of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute.
Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan was a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, winners of the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. During his 11 years with the quartet, he performed coast-to-coast in the United States and Canada, in Japan, Hong Kong, and Panama, and across Europe. In 2011, he formed the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa.
Ramakrishnan has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and has performed chamber music at Caramoor, at Bargemusic, with the Boston Chamber Music Society and at the Aspen, Charlottesville, Four Seasons, Lincolnshire (UK), Marlboro, Mehli Mehta (India), Oklahoma Mozart and Vail Music Festivals. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has performed, as guest principal cellist, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, he has performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University and a master's degree in music from The Juilliard School.
Notes in Midwinter continues on Jan. 29 with American roots and rhythm music performed by Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem. The concert series concludes on Feb. 5 with the Cynthia Sayer Jazz Quartet in a programntitled "Swing Banjo and Hot Jazz."
The concert series is free and open to the public. Notes in Midwinter is organized and sponsored by the Music Committee of the Friends of the Library.
For more information, call 203-594-5003 or visit newcanaanlibrary.org.