Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 1, 2002Volume 30, Number 16

Steve Ross has been called "the personification of Cole Porter."

Yale Concert Band to present
tribute to Cole Porter

The Yale Concert Band will salute Yale alumnus and premier American song writer Cole Porter (Class of 1913) in a performance of some of his favorite hits on Friday, Feb. 15.

Among America's most popular composers, and considered one of its cleverest, Porter is immortalized for such classics as "Begin the Beguine," "Night and Day," "Let's Do It" and "Can-Can." All of these and more will be played under the baton of Yale University Bands Director Thomas C. Duffy and performed by celebrated cabaret singer Steve Ross, who has been described in The New Yorker magazine as "the personification of Cole Porter."

The concert will also feature the New Haven premiere of Duffy's "Overture 1776," which was commissioned by the U.S. Military Academy Band in celebration of its 200th anniversary. The acclaimed work is modeled after the "1812 Overture," says Duffy, with familiar British and American tunes substituted for the French and Russian themes of Tchaikovsky's rousing composition. "Overture 1776" uses the same special effects of bells, fireworks and cannon fire. The Yale Camerata, under the direction of Marguerite Brooks, will also take part in the performance.

Ross has performed all over the world, including at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, the Ritz in London, the Crillon in Paris and the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, as well as at festivals in Hong Kong, Perth and Spoleto. Ross has hosted radio series for the BBC and National Public Radio and continues to tour widely as a solo entertainer.

In addition to being a prolific composer and the director of Yale University Concert Bands, Duffy is deputy dean of the School of Music.

The "delightful, delicious, de-lovely" evening of song (to use a phrase from one of Porter's famous songs) will take place at Woolsey Hall, corner of College and Grove streets, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 ($10 for students). For more information, call (203) 432-4113.


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