Stanley Yeskel Visiting Artists

The Stanley Yeskel Memorial Concert Series is a concert series bringing national and international artists to the George Washington campus. Stanley Yeskel Visiting Artists will interact with students through master classes, class visits, and guest lectures.   

This program is generously supported by Peter Yeskel, a CCAS alumnus and an emeritus member of the Dean’s National Council for Arts and Sciences. Inspired by his father’s love for music, Mr. Yeskel worked with the university’s development office to make a gift of music that honored his father, Stanley Yeskel, who passed away in 2002. 

Through concert performances and master-classes, the Stanley Yeskel Visiting Artists will give students insight into the artistry of performance; through visits to classes discussing interpretation and the professional life of the musician, they will engage with the scholarly side of our students' education. As artists for whom the mind and body are equal partners in music-making, they will further the department's holistic approach to musical training.

Featured Artists

Aeolus Quartet

March 28. 2014 ~ 7:30 PM
Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Free & Open to the Public

Praised by Strad Magazine for their "high-octane" performance, the Aeolus Quartet is among the finest young string quartets performing today. Violinists NICHOLAS TAVANI and RACHEL SHAPIRO, violist GREGORY LUCE, and cellist ALAN RICHARDSON formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States, and performed across the globe to great acclaim. Awards include Grand Prizewinners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, a Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and a 2012 John Lad Prize. They have also released two critically acclaimed albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label.

The Quartet has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian’s rare instrument collection, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. They have served as teaching faculty at Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), the Austin Chamber Music Workshop, and Da Camera of Houston's Music Encounters Program. They have been artists-in-residence at the ScotiaBank Northern Lights Music Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Working in collaboration with the University of Texas through the Rural Chamber Music Outreach Initiative, the Quartet has presented educational programs and performances in communities throughout the state of Texas.

Stephen Wade, The Beautiful Music All Around Us

On October 23, 2013 Grammy nominee, writer, and scholar STEPHEN WADE accompanied by veteran multi-instrumentalist ZAN MCLEOD, will present a concert performance of The Beautiful Music All Around Us; a combination of live music, projected images, and spoken narrative that traces Wade’s journey into musical traditions across the American South. Wade’s remarkable research that culminated recently in his award winning book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us, rediscovers the largely unknown players and singers whose performances of traditional songs were captured on early Library of Congress field recordings. His stories of folk tunes, their creators, and the communities from which they spring, speak to the interconnectedness of American lives.

Wade has devoted his long career to the study of American folklife, uniting scholarship and the creative arts. A guitarist and banjoist since childhood, his presentations combine virtuoso musicianship with scholarly substance and storytelling. His book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press), has been described in the Wall Street Journal as “a masterpiece of humane scholarship — but one that reads like a detective story.”

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