Ad Libitum Chamber Group
Formed by MSU professor of viola Yuri Gandelsman, the Ad Libitum Chamber Group performs chamber music written for small ensembles, usually with twenty or fewer musicians. Recent concerts have featured works by Telemann, Shostakovich, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Schoenberg, and Glass.
The ensemble performs both on campus and in community venues.
"Ad Libitum" is Latin for "at one's pleasure."
Gandelsman, who has been teaching at MSU since 2008, has been hailed by the Jerusalem Post as "...undoubtedly one of the greatest violists of our time." He has been performing for audiences around the world for the last thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. Formerly the principal violist with Israel Philharmonic and Moscow Virtuosi Chamber orchestras, and a member of the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Gandelsman taught viola students at Tel Aviv University for twelve years and also served as chairman of the chamber music department there for two years. He has also appeared as a guest professor at Yale University and the Paris Conservatoire.
Below: Yuri Gandelsman, the Ad Libitum Chamber Group, and the University Chorale under the direction of David Rayl perform "Flos Campi: Suite for Viola, Chorus, and Orchestra" by Ralph Vaughn Williams (February 2012).
Below: Yuri Gandelsman conducts the Ad Libitum Chamber Group in Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, 3rd movement.