News and Reviews
2015 Saint Rose Flute Studio News: Amarie King, junior music major was named winner of the Saint Rose Symphony Orchestra concerto competition! She will be performing with the orchestra in February 2016. Shaiyah Lev, Junior music major was named runner up!
2015: I was awarded a Sabbatical Leave for Fall 2015 at The College of Saint Rose to perform, recruit and complete Cd/Book project.
June 2015: I appeared as guest soloist with the Varna International Chamber Orchestra for performances in cities in Bulgaria and Greece. Repertoire included Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Magnificat.
I was awarded a Scholars and Artists Grant from The College of Saint Rose: Project Title and Abstract: Eighteenth Century Solo Works for Flute in Historical and Performance Contexts: A Manual of Performance Guides, Editions and Accompanying Compact Disc Recording.
The Iridescence Duo with Jan Vinci, flute and Karlinda Caldicott, harp will appear at The College of Saint Rose on Saturday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free an open to the public.
Saint Rose Flute Day 2013 will take place on Sunday, April 28th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Jan Vinci, Senior Artist in Residence at Skidmore College will teach a master class to Saint Rose flute students. Regional flute ensembles will perform a concert with The Saint Rose Flute Ensembles at 3:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
I have been invited to perform and present at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada! I will be performing on two concerts. I will perform two solo works from my CD "American Flute Music: Leaving the Twentieth Century" on the Short and Sweet concert: Soliloquy by Lowell Liebermann and Raudra by Robert Morris. I will also perform a wonderful newer work on the Russian Chamber Music with Flute concert Marbella Fantasy for flute, oboe and piano by Andrey Rubtsov. Lastly, I'll lead flutists in a workshop Yoga for Flutists. I am thrilled to have been selected for this convention! I received another Professional Development Grant from The College of Saint Rose to perform at the convention.
News: I completed a month-long course for a 200 hour Yoga Teachers Training & Certification in Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga/Hatha Yoga Interdisciplinary at Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in North Adams, MA on August 27, 2011. I am thankful to my teachers Jennifer Yarro and Jennilee Toner for their guidance and support throughout my studies. I look forward to offering Yoga for Musicians soon!
NEWS: I received another Faculty Development Grant from The College of Saint Rose to research music technology for performance and practice. This grant will also provide funds for hardware and software. I will present this research at The Skidmore Summer Flute Institute in July, 2011 and at The College of Saint Rose, fall 2011.
Recent Reviews of Saint Rose Camerata Performances:
"...The three works in the concert?s rather short first half were just as picturesque. In the ?Marbella Fantasy? a 2004 trio by contemporary Russian composer Andrey Rubtsov, flutist Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough and oboist Sherwood Wise functioned like adjoining curtains that open and close on a variety of scenes, from pastoral to psychedelic. Hansbrough?s playing was particularly appealing. She maintains a cohesive tonal color from top to bottom and her articulations are pointed and clean..." (Times Union, Joseph Dalton, 4/9/11)
"...They opened with a lively Serenade by Albert Roussel, known more for his orchestral works. Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough beautifully performed the soulful flute solos in the second movement..." (Times Union, Priscilla McClean, 2/19/11)
Feature Article and Review in the Times Union, Albany New York
"Saint Rose Camerata Opens Its 2010-11 Season with Baroque Spirit"
"A few years after joining the faculty of TheCollege of Saint Rose, flutist Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough got the hankering to play chamber music. Fortunately, she didn't have to look far to find other professionals. With fellow faculty members, she soon formed the Saint Rose Camerata." (September 23, 2010 by Joseph Dalton) Read More....
Review of "Vox Balaenae" performed by the Saint Rose Camerata in the Times Union, Albany, NY
"Camerata Conjures Up Magic"
"ALBANY -- The Halloween spirit of surprise, magic and wonder came early to The College of Saint Rose on Friday night when the in-house Camerata gave a stunning performance of "Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for Three Masked Players" -- electric flute, electric cello, and electric piano (regular instruments amplified) -- composed by George Crumb." (November 6, 2010, by Priscilla McClean ) Read More....
I just completed a four-week run of performing the great musical WICKED! at Proctors Theater. This experience was rewarding and a blast. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the traveling musicians and conductors and with nine local musicians. Click here for photos from the show.
I performed the Concerto for flute by Jacque Ibert on Saturday May 16 with the Glens Falls Symphony! It was a great and rewarding experience. The orchestra and Maestro Peltz were wonderful! I was so pleased to have three curtain calls! I appreciate the overwhelming support from my colleagues, friends, students and family. See below for reviews of this performance.
I was recently awarded two grants from The College of Saint Rose. A Reassigned Time Grant will allow me four credits of reassigned time to organize and direct the Saint Rose Camerata, a faculty chamber music series. I was also awarded a Professional Development Grant to attend and perform at the 2009 National Flute Association Convention. I feel so fortunate to have these wonderful opportunities!
I will be performing at the August, 2009 National Flute Association Convention in New York! I will be performing on a concert titled "American Composers" and will play Sonatine by Keith Gates. The concert is Thursday, August 13 at 9:00 a.m. More details to follow.
The College of Saint Rose announces opening of the new Massry Center for the Arts. This new building includes a 400-seat recital hall, rehearsal halls, smart classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios, recording studio and an art gallery. Read article and see pictures in All Over Albany Article.
I will be performing the first recital in our wonderful new recital hall on Friday, September 5 during Convocation hour (10:25 a.m.). Dr. Young Kim, pianist, will join me in a performance of music by Rutter, Poulenc, Ian Clarke and Keith Gates.
Performance of the Concerto by Ibert for flute and orchestra with the Glens Falls Symphony, Saturday, May 16 2009
"The Glens Falls Symphony closed their season with a concert last Saturday evening, May 16, "on the road" in the Trombley Auditorium at Saratoga Springs Middle School, Wilton. The program consisted of Jacque Ibert's Flute concerto, nicely played by the orchestra and their principal flutist Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough.. The outer movements of the Ibert demand technical agility and breath control as the player runs madly through passages of almost perpetual motion. As one listener said to me after the performance "I am worn out just from listening to that." Mrs. Hansbrough didn't seem worn out, despite the oppressive heat in the hall that had her wiping her face, then drying her hands on her beautiful concert dress. In fact she seemed throughly energized as she tore through the music, easily transitioning from a rich low timbre to a beautifully rounded upper register while her fingers danced on the keys....."(The Chronicle, W. Martin, May 21-27, 2009)
Performance of Suite in B Minor by Bach, Saturday, May 10 with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra
Symphony hits the mark
By Stephen F. Leonard
Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"Bravo to the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra for their fine performance Saturday evening in the Hudson Falls High School Auditorium. After a season of ups and downs, conductor Peltz and the orchestra members got it right from start to finish. Opening with the J.S. Bach "Suite No. 2 in B minor," the ensemble of 12 players, plus flute soloist, exhibited a fine understanding of Baroque period performance practices. The execution of rhythmic articulation and ornamentation was just right -- crisp and clean. The piece is a seven-movement work, including the typical overture followed by a series of dances. With its appearance sometime in the late 1720s, the suite was first performed in the United States in 1874. The flute is presented both as a member of the ensemble and, at times, featured soloist. No matter its position, flutist Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough brought a sense of style and correctness to the performance. Whether blending as a member of the ensemble or standing out as a soloist, Hansbrough's tone was fluid with effortless ornamentation. Lyrical melodic lines and virtuosic passages were performed with an ease of expression and execution. Particularly nice was the interplay not only found amongst the violin, flute and cello during the "Bouree," but also between the flute and cello in the "Polonaise."
Not to be ignored, the supporting string ensemble surpassed the performances earlier in the season of Bach and Handel. Intonation and ensemble playing were solid. Usually referred to as the "Badinerie" (from the French for 'jest'), the final movement was titled "Tandelei" (from the German for 'dalliance'). Either title works as this free-for-all was another fine example of the talent on stage giving the audience a fine example of musicianship they deserve. Some music historians even have stated that this final movement is a built-in encore for the soloist. ......."
The Chronicle, May 14, 2008
Acoustics were eh, but GFSO prevailed at HF
by William Martin
".....Lacking funds to pay its players to rehearse the scheduled Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto (in part due to the poorly-attended Amy Grant fund-raiser last fall), the Symphony substituted J. S. Bach's "Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor --- all well and good, since this piece works very well as a concert opener.
The piece featured the orchestra's excellent principle flutist, Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, and a scaled-down group of 11 strings plus harpsichord. But the poor acoustical environment at Hudson Falls left the small group of strings sounding distant and thin at times. The performance would have sounded really good in the lively and intimate setting of the Froelich Auditorium at The Hyde Collection, but struggled as the historically correct orchestra size bumped up against the historically incorrect size of the 600-seat auditorium (instead of the much cozier original setting of a coffeehouse in Leipzig, circa 1725).
Unlike other schools where the Glens Falls Symphony sometimes plays, Hudson Falls does not have an acoustic shell to place behind the musicians, which aids in projecting the sound. So a full string orchestra section, while not true to the original score, would have helped.
Ms. Hansbrough's choice of tempos was excellent. I especially liked the bounce of the "Bouree" and the spirited chase of the "Tanelei," but I think the "Sarabande" could have used a little warmer sound from the strings with more attention to centering the pitch.
The "Rondo" [sic] had nicely shaped phrases. Throughout, the flute and strings matched dynamics. Of special note were the rhythmic energy, precise articulation and dynamically balanced sound of the orchestra. The precision of the ornamentation between the flute and the rest of the group was also pleasurable. ("Ornamentation" is the device of replacing a single note of music with a rapid series of neighboring pitches, such as trills and turns. Much thought and study is now devoted to this once improvised art.)
After the Bach, the full orchestra displayed its full palate with Sergey Prokofiev's monumental "Symphony No. 5 in B flat major.."
Additional Performance Reviews:
…Cantata No. 78 "Jesu, der du meine Seele (Jesus, though who didn't take my soul)." Here the emotional content came mostly from the Empire Orchestra, an early music group organized by cellist Andre Laurent O'Neil. During an aria by Harrison, Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough had a haunting and memorable solo on the wooden flute. (Times Union, Albany NY, June 2006)
Baksa’s grand “Sonata No 1 for Flute and Piano (1976)….Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough made her flute sing like our finest singers …..After intermission Baksa’s recent (2004) “Sonata for Flute and Guitar” was all gossamer lightness and poetry…..Hansbrough repeating her success with the flute. (Register-Star, Jan. 27, 2005 by John Paul Keeler)
Flutist Hansbrough, in the Keith Gates opener, showed a very nice, smooth, un-vibrato sound……. (Vox in Camera, Albany, NY 2001)