Yale Bulletin and Calendar

March 23, 2001Volume 29, Number 23

The Gemini Duo

Gemini Duo to present concert
benefiting St. Thomas More

School of Music alumni and violinists Dan and Duane Padilla -- twin brothers who form the Gemini Duo -- will present a concert of classical music on Saturday, March 31, to benefit the Music Endowment Fund of St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at the center, 268 Park St. A highlight will be the world premiere of a fanfare by composer David Heetderks, a recent graduate of the School of Music who is now a lecturer there. Heetderks will deliver a pre-concert lecture at 2:30 p.m. in the St. Thomas More Chapel.

Also on the program are a contemporary setting of Gregorian chant melodies by Jacques Berthier and works by Rosza, LeClair and DeBeriot. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door.

Dan and Duane Padilla, who earned their Masters of Music in Performance at the School of Music in 1999, have performed as the Gemini Duo since 1974. The ensemble is dedicated to the performance of baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music written for two violins. The two musicians also seek to build relationships between the community, performers and the art of classical music.

This year, the Gemini Duo earned a place on the Connecticut Commission on the Arts' Performing Artist Roster. The duo is also on the artist roster of Chamber Music America's Rural Residencies Program and was a semi-finalist in the 1998 Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City. It has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra and Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra and in recitals at Yale, Boston College, Northwestern University and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Contemporary Music Session, among other venues.

The Padilla brothers have studied chamber music with such groups as the Vermeer, Borodin, Ying and Tokyo string quartets, and are also accomplished orchestra musicians. They have performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and with numerous other Connecticut symphonies, and have spent summers at the Breckenridge Music Festival with the National Repertoire Orchestra, at Tanglewood with the Tanglewood Fellowship Orchestra, and at the Ashlawn-Highland Summer Festival.

For their outreach, the Padillas have received grants from the AFM's Musicians' Trust Fund, Yale's Performance Outreach Fund and the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. Since their days as students at the School of Music, the brothers have volunteered their time performing with the choir at Saint Thomas More during weekly Sunday services.

Saint Thomas More, a member of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, serves as the Catholic spiritual and intellectual center at Yale. Its programs include liturgy, social service opportunities, a weekly soup kitchen, a lecture and discussion series, symposia and conferences, retreat opportunities and a newly initiated concert series. A capital campaign is underway to raise money for an expanded program and the construction of a student center.

For further information about the concert, call Duane Padilla at (203) 466-0328. For information about Saint Thomas More, call (203) 777-5537.


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