PE - 12/2/19 - Ford Theater

YSU Percussion Ensemble
Dr. Glenn Schaft - Director
Ford Theater, Bliss Hall
Nathaniel Adams, Terrence Boogs, Michael Daniels, Owen Davis, Jo’El Harrison, Marcellus Jones, Brandon Maffitt, Evan McCreary, Jordan Ringold, Brett Whitely
4/4 for Four (1972)
Anthony Cirone (b. 1941)

Anthony J. Cirone received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with the famous, solo timpanist of the New York Philharmonic, Saul Goodman. Upon graduation, he was offered the position of Percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony under Maestro Josef Krips. During his 36-year tenure with the Symphony, Cirone also performed under the Musical Directorship of Seiji Ozawa, Edo DeWaart, Herbert Blomstedt, and Michael Tilson Thomas, along with noted guest conductors, such as Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Eugene Ormandy, Kurt Mazur, Rafael Kubelik, and James Levine.

Mr. Cirone was also Professor of Music at San José State University and Chairman of the Percussion Department. Anthony Cirone is a prolific composer, with more than 100 published titles, including textbooks, symphonies for percussion, sonatas, a string quartet, and works for orchestra and concert band. His most recent publications include: Cirone's Pocket dictionary of Foreign Musical Terms and The Great American Symphony Orchestra. He was the Percussion Consultant/Editor for Warner Bros. Publishing Co. (now Alfred Music Publishing). His Portraits in Rhythm (50 Studies for Snare Drum) is recognized worldwide as a standard text for training percussionists. Cirone is also featured in a video, entitled, Concert Percussion, A Performer's Guide, distributed by Alfred Publishing Co. He presently is the Executive Editor of Percussion Publications for Meredith Music Publications. Cirone has designed two pairs of Signature Snare Drum Sticks for the Malletch Corporation. He won the Modern Drummer Magazine Reader's Poll for five consecutive years as a Classical Percussionist and was subsequently elected to the publication's Hall of Fame. Cirone was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2007. He is a clinician for The Yamaha Corporation, the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, and the Remo Drum Company. Cirone received a Special Distinction Award from the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Composition Contest for his work for full orchestra, entitled: Pentadic Striations.

Scorpion Zikr - concerto for cello with percussion quartet
Forrest Pierce (2016)
Kivie Cahn-Lipman - cello

About Kivie Cahn-Lipman... While all the other kids were learning addition in first grade, Kivie Cahn-Lipman was running around the classroom singing that he was a yeti. His kindly teacher said he was very musical, so Kivie was allowed his choice of instruments along with the therapy. He told his parents he wanted to play the drums, so they asked him what instrument he REALLY wanted to play. "The tuba," he replied, and they handed him a violin. The violin teacher was all "you can't touch the violin until you've learned to respect the violin," but in their third lesson Kivie picked his nose and wiped it on the violin, and then that teacher went away and Kivie's parents gave him a cello. And when he picked his nose and wiped it on the cello, the new teacher was like "ewww gross don't do that, here's a tissue, clean that up and let's play music," and that seemed like a good idea.

Eventually Kivie went to Oberlin and then Juilliard, and after awhile each school gave him a fancy document written in Latin that hopefully indicates that he graduated. He finished up his education at the University of Cincinnati, and he's a doctor now. Not that kind of doctor. Since its foundation in 2001, Kivie has been the cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (and please don't abbreviate it to “ICE” anymore), and he still tours all over the world performing with them. He served on the faculties of Smith College and Mount Holyoke College from 2005–2012 and The College of New Jersey from 2015-2017, and he’s now an Assistant Professor of Cello at Youngstown State University.

Kivie also plays the viola da gamba for some reason, and he performs and records with LeStrange Viols. He formed ACRONYM because he found a bunch of seventeenth-century music in old manuscripts and wanted to play it with his friends; they've got eight CDs of modern premieres recorded and more on the way. Kivie's 2014 solo recording of J.S. Bach's cello suites got a nice blurb in a trade publication called The Strad, but he's way more proud of the warm personal letter praising the disc which he received from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Kivie's mom also claims to like the recording, although she thinks some of the tempos are too fast. You can find it on sale wherever you can still find music on sale, and the discs make great coasters.

Also, a recent review in the New York Times noted that "his long, flowing hair often covered his face as he played." Seriously, the New York Times printed that. Kivie mostly stopped picking his nose in 1985.

Spine (2014)
Michael Laurello (b. 1981)

Spine was commissioned by the Yale Percussion Group and premiered in 2015 at Carnegie Hall in New York. A single line runs through most of the piece, and virtually all of the musical material is derived from it. This meta-line, performed by Percussion 1, serves as the “spine” of the music, both in structural terms (backbone), but also with respect to the line’s perceived control over the direction and progression of the music (central nervous system). The material played by the supporting members of the quartet colors and punctuates this main line. Over the course of the work, players drift in and out of agreement with one another, and occasionally the primary line loses its unique identity within the texture of the ensemble. I tried to impart an almost biological sense to the way motives grow, attempting to balance intuitive, almost improvisatory, types of development with more structured patterns and processes. Spine is dedicated to the players of the Yale Percussion Group for their unwavering support.

Michael Laurello (b. 1981) is an American composer, recording/mixing engineer, and pianist whose music reflects his fascination with temporal dissonance and emotional immediacy. His music has been presented at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MATA, PASIC, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Carlsbad Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, N_SEME, National Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc., and others. He has collaborated with ensembles and soloists such as Sō Percussion, Nashville Symphony, arx duo, HOCKET, GVSU New Music Ensemble, Triplepoint Trio, icarus Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, and Yale Percussion Group. Recent commissions include a six-movement work for percussion duo and string quartet (commissioned by arx duo), a solo piano piece for Brianna Matzke/The Response Project, an SATB choral work celebrating the birth of architect Theodate Pope Riddle, and a composition for the GVSU New Music Ensemble's 2018 Listening to Our National Parks project. 

Laurello studied composition at Yale (A.D., 2015), where he received the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize. He holds an M.A. in music from Tufts University (2013) and a B.M. in music synthesis (electronic production and design) from Berklee College of Music (2004). His mentors include David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, and John McDonald. Recent honors include a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute (with Triplepoint Trio), a commission from the American Composers Forum, selection for the SCI 50th Anniversary National Conference, participation in the Nashville Symphony Composer Lab, participation in the EarShot Berkeley Symphony Readings, a Baumgardner Fellowship and Commission from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop, and an Emerging Artist Award from Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation. He has attended the highSCORE and Etchings composition festivals, and has been a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. 

Laurello works as a freelance composer, and as Manager of Recording Services and Technical Engineer for the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University. 

Dr. Glenn Schaft and the YSU Percussion Studio would like to thank Avedis Zildjian cymbal company, Remo Inc. drumheads and world percussion, Vic Firth Inc., sticks and mallets, and Black Swamp Percussion for their product and artist support.