North Dakota Musuem of Art and Myra Presents: Sunday Concerts in the Galleries
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet
Patrick Godon, piano
March 8, 2020 | 2:00 pm | North Dakota Museum of Art
John Bruce Yeh is the longest-tenured clarinetist in the history of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). He joined the ensemble in 1977 at the age of nineteen. Two years later, he was named assistant principal E-flat clarinet and served as acting principal clarinet from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Yeh has performed as a soloist with the CSO for Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with Neeme Järvi and the U.S. premiere of Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto with Pierre Boulez. He also has performed as guest principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic.
An enthusiastic champion of new music, Mr. Yeh has been the dedicatee of new works for clarinet by composers ranging from Ralph Shapey to John Williams. He won the 1982 ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York. Mr. Yeh is also the director and cofounder of Chicago Pro Musica, which received a Grammy Award for Best New Classical Artist in 1986. He has released over a dozen recordings to worldwide critical acclaim. Mr. Yeh appears at festivals and on chamber music series worldwide, including the Marlboro Music Festival and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with the Guarneri, Ying, and Pacifica string quartets, among others.
Mr. Yeh is father to Molly Yeh, author, food blogger, and Food Network star who lives with her husband Nick Hagen and their newly-arrived daughter on his five-generation family farm outside of Grand Forks. She graduated from Julliard in percussion.
Patrick Godon, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from DePaul University. Godon made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in 2003, and as soloist in 2007. Since 2016 he performs the Principal Keyboardist duties regularly with the CSO on celeste, organ, piano, and synthesizer. Godon is Artistic Director and pianist for International Chamber Artists, a professional classical chamber ensemble that he founded in 2006.
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