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Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series

Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series
2018-19 Season

2018-19 Season Brochure

Low Strung
Friday, October 26, 2018, 7 p.m.
Yale University’s Cello Rock Band

Low Strung is a group of classically trained cellists from Yale University who make up the largest all-cello all-rock band in the world. The group transforms classics of the rock, pop, metal, and blues genres into pieces designed exclusively for the cello. The final product is something that cannot be found anywhere else: music that bursts with the excitement of rock but is executed with the thundering bass and butter-smooth treble of the cello. Their constantly-expanding repertoire spans the gamut from the 1960's to today, from The Who and Led Zeppelin to Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The sweeping arrangements are also opportunities for unlikely musical encounters such as J.S. Bach meets Amy Winehouse and Beethoven meets The Eagles.

Hot Club Cool Yule
Friday, December 14, 2018, 7 p.m.

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Fire up your holidays with Hot Club Cool Yule, a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole featuring many of your favorites and some rarer seasonal gems. Performed by The Hot Club of San Francisco in their inimitable style, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, this dazzling holiday offering has something for everyone. Make this season bright with the flames of gypsy jazz!

Dreamers’ Circus
Friday, April 12, 2019, 7 p.m.
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A new driving force in Nordic world music is the young Danish trio, Dreamers’ Circus. Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach, they draw inspiration from the deep traditions of folk music in the region and reshape them into something bright, shiny and new.

Dreamersʼ Circus are: Nikolaj Busk (DK) on piano and accordion, Ale Carr (SWE) on Nordic cittern and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (DK), also of the Danish String Quartet, on violin.

Dreamersʼ Circus display inventiveness and talent in their approach to performances that include music from Denmark and Sweden as well as Iceland and the far reaches of the Faroe Islands and Greenland.  The ensemble has won five prestigious Danish Music Awards and toured throughout Europe and beyond, with performances in Japan and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. An American tour is planned for 2019. The trio collaborates regularly with the Danish String Quartet and the Copenhagen Philharmonic and performs with the BBC Scottish Orchestra in 2018.

Dreamers’ Circus views their traditional roots as a point of departure and know that tradition should not be a straitjacket. This adventurous attitude, coupled with their outstanding musicianship, has brought the band to the forefront of the Nordic folk and world music scene.