Florilegium opens the concert season at the Collection of Musical Instruments

baroque_fluteThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will open its 2009-10 concert season on Sunday, October 18 at 3 pm. The acclaimed British ensemble Florilegium will be represented by flutist Ashley Solomon and harpsichordist Terence Charlston. The program, entitled “Father, Son, and Godfather,” features music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Georg Philipp Telemann.

Tickets to the performance are $20, $15 for Yale staff and senior citizens, $10 for students. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call 203 432-4158. MORE

Published September 30, 2009
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Season’s first Lunchtime Chamber Music Oct. 14

String PlayersThe Yale School of Music will present the first Lunchtime Chamber Music concert of the season on Wednesday, October 14 at 12:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). This free event features a colorful variety of ensembles comprised of graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

The program will include movements from:
J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Suite, arr. for brass quintet
André Jolivet, Pastorales de Noël for flute, bassoon and harp
Franz Schubert, Trout Quintet for piano and strings
W.A. Mozart, Quintet in E-flat major for piano and winds
Tomaso Albinoni: Concerto “Saint Mark,” arr. for brass quintet

Admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, or call 203 432-4158.

Published September 25, 2009
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New Music New Haven features composer Bernard Rands

Rands - photo by Jack MitchellNew Music New Haven presents a concert featuring composer Bernard Rands on Thursday, October 8 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. Rands, a professor at Harvard, is the winner of such accolades as the Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award. The program will feature Rands’ virtuosic Concertino for solo oboe and mixed ensemble, and “now again” for mezzo-soprano and ensemble. Rands favors unconventional combinations of instruments: the ensemble for Concertino consists of flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet, and that for “now again” includes flute, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, harp, violin, viola, cello, and soprano and alto singers. The text of “now again” compiles fragments of poetry from Sappho.

The concert will also premiere new works by two Yale School of Music composers. Jordan Kuspa’s Lemonade Battery for chamber orchestra will open the evening’s program. Following it will be Polina Nazaykinskaya’s Real April for soprano, baritone, and ensemble, based on the poetry of Jordan Jacks and Laura Marris. MORE

Published September 24, 2009
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David Shifrin on Leonard Lopate Show

leonard_lopateDavid Shifrin, professor of clarinet, was a guest on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show yesterday to discuss the Yale School of Music’s celebration of Benny Goodman. This May, Goodman would have turned 100, and the School of Music is celebrating with a series of events in both New Haven and New York. Shifrin is the artistic director of both the Chamber Music Society at Yale and the Yale in New York series. This Saturday, September 26, Yale in New York presents The Classical Legacy of Benny Goodman, a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring music commissioned or premiered by the legendary clarinetist. Goodman made his name in jazz, but his classical work led to such commissions as Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Bartok’s Contrasts. Shifrin will perform the clarinet solo in the Copland Concerto this Saturday.

Listen to the show HERE on WNYC’s website.

Published September 24, 2009
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Pianist Wei-Yi Yang to perform Chopin and Scriabin

yang_vThe dynamic pianist Wei-Yi Yang, who won over audiences last year with his fiery performance in Messiaen’s Turangalila-Symphonie, will perform a solo recital on Wednesday, October 14 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall St., New Haven). The program will feature the music of Chopin and Scriabin, including Chopin’s Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45; Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Op. 48 no. 2; and Sonata in B minor, Op. 58, as well as Scriabin’s Twelve Etudes and the Poème-nocturne, Op. 61.

Tickets are only $11 to $20, students $6. Subscriptions to the Horowitz Piano Series are available until September 30. MORE

Published September 23, 2009
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Mezzo-soprano Janna Baty makes faculty artist recital debut

baty_vMezzo-soprano Janna Baty, now in her second year on the faculty of the Yale School of Music, will perform a recital on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. In her first appearance on the Faculty Artist Series, Baty and pianist Karl Paulnack will perform Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte and selected songs from the Spanish composer Fernando Obradors, as well as Apparition, a piece by George Crumb for soprano and amplified piano. In addition, Baty and Paulnack will be joined by flutist Laura Gilbert and cellist Jacques Wood for Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses.

Admission to the concert is free. For more information on the Faculty Artist Series and other performances at the Yale School of Music, visit music.yale.edu or call 203 432-4158.

About the artist
Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano, has appeared recently with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Eugene Opera, Opera North, and Boston Lyric Opera. She appears regularly with the contemporary ensembles Collage New Music, Auros Group for New Music, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, with whom she recorded a disc for Naxos of works by Reza Vali. Ms. Baty was winner of the XXI International Music Competition “Dr. Luis Sigall” in Chile. She has sung under Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Carl Davis, Robert Spano, and Steuart Bedford. Festival appearances include Aldeburgh and Britten (England), Semanas Musicales de Frutillar (Chile), and Tanglewood and Norfolk (U.S.). As recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed in Europe, the U.S., and South America with such distinguished musicians as violist Nobuko Imai, pianists Claude Frank and Peter Frankl, and guitarist Stephen Marchionda. Ms. Baty has worked with composers Bernard Rands, Sydney Hodkinson, Peter Child, Christopher Lyndon Gee, Fred Lerdahl, Yehudi Wyner, and John Harbison, in performances of their music. An alumna of Oberlin College and the Yale School of Music, she joined the Yale faculty in 2008.

Published September 22, 2009
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Fall Opera Scenes announced

A scene from <em>The Bear</> performed by Yale Opera in Sprague Hall, spring 2009.

A scene from Yale Opera's production of William Walton's opera The Bear, Sprague Hall, spring 2009.

This October, Yale Opera will continue its tradition of offering two distinct evenings of fully-staged operatic scenes. The artistic staff features stage director Marc Verzatt and music directors Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin. In addition, John Carver Sullivan will be the costume designer, and William Warfel will design the lighting.

Each opera scene will be sung in its original language with projected English translations.

Friday, October 30 will present scenes by Mozart, Dvorak, and Ambroise Thomas. The evening of Saturday, October 31 will feature the music of Donizetti, Rossini, Stravinsky, and Massenet.

The singers, all part of Yale Opera, include Mireille Asselin, Eric Barry, Jeremy Bowes, Andrew Craig Brown, Gala El Hadidi, Jennifer Feinstein, Adam Frandsen, Stephanie Jeanne Gilbert, Amanda C. Hall, Jihee Kim, Michael-Paul Krubitzer, Lóránt Najbauer, David Pershall, Tyler Simpson, Vince Vincent, and Chrystal E. Williams.

The opera scenes will take place Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall at Sprague Memorial Hall. Doris Yarick-Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published September 22, 2009
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Don Byron pays tribute to Benny Goodman

Byron_pressThe Yale School of Music will present the versatile talents of clarinetist/saxophonist Don Byron and his jazz quartet on Thursday, September 24 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Byron, known for his work in jazz and classical as well as klezmer, salsa, hip-hop, and many other genres, will be joined by Bryan Carrott, vibraphone; Kenny Davis, bass; and Eric Harland, drums. The quartet will play music associated with Benny Goodman, including the famous “From Spirituals to Swing” Carnegie Hall concert. Part of the Ellington Jazz Series directed by Willie Ruff, this concert is also the second event in the week-long Celebrating the King of Swing: A Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th Birthday. MORE

Published September 21, 2009
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Ed Parks ’08MM to debut at the Met

ParksEdEdward Parks ’08MM will make his Metropolitan Opera House debut this season. Parks, a graduate of the Yale Opera program, was a winner of the Met’s 2008 National Council Auditions at the Grand Finals Concert on February 24, 2008. He is a native of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

He will sing the role of Fiorello in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville beginning October 3.

Published September 16, 2009
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Ted Hearne ’09MMA wins Gaudeamus Prize

Gaudeamus Prize winner Ted Hearne, left, and runner-up Toru Nakatani

Gaudeamus Prize winner Ted Hearne, left, and runner-up Toru Nakatani

At the final concert of the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2009, which took place in Amsterdam September 7-12, the Gaudeamus Prize was awarded to the American composer Ted Hearne (b. 1982). The award of 4,550 Euros is intended as a commission for a new work which will be performed at the 2010 International Gaudeamus Music Week.

Hearne received the prize for selected movements from Katrina Ballads, a composition performed on September 10 at the Conservatory of Amsterdam by the ensemble ‘de ereprijs’ conducted by Wim Boerman. Hearne himself was the soloist as singer. There was also an honorable mention for Toru Nakatani of Japan, whose 16_1/64_1 was performed on September 9 by Ensemble of the Conservatory of Amsterdam conducted by Jos Zwaanenburg. MORE

Published September 15, 2009
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