Yale School of Music debuts high-definition video streaming

Concerts in the “virtual concert hall” can be enjoyed live anywhere in the world

Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall

Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall

The Yale School of Music is proud to announce the debut of its virtual concert hall: beginning February 1, concerts held in Morse Recital Hall will stream live online with high-definition video and CD-quality audio. Audiences around the world – from prospective students to alumni, from performers’ family members to the general public – will be able to enjoy concerts in real time via the School of Music’s website. Dedicated to cultural leadership, the Yale School of Music is one of the first schools to offer regular live streams of its performances.

Associate Dean Michael Yaffe views the live stream as “a logical extension” of the School’s activities on campus. Yaffe emphasized that the streams are not produced segments but are an extension of the concert hall itself. The initiative is part of a multi-pronged technological expansion that also includes digital student portfolios, Internet2 distance learning, new online admissions capabilities, and virtual classrooms.

The inaugural stream will begin at 8 pm on February 1 with a Faculty Artist Series recital. Cellist Ole Akahoshi and pianist Elizabeth Parisot will perform music of Bach, Brahms, Barber, and Schnittke. Several other live streams will be offered that week, including performances by the Yale Brass Trio and the Jasper String Quartet, and a tribute to Romanian composer George Enescu.

The live stream can be accessed at music.yale.edu/media. Three types of streams will be available: high-definition video; lower-resolution video for those with slower internet connections, and an audio-only stream. Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, is the School of Music’s primary performance venue. An audio-only stream will be available for selected performances in Woolsey Hall and Sudler Hall.

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Published January 28, 2010
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Peter Frankl offers a recital of Chopin and Schumann to honor the bicentennial year of the two Romantic composers

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The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents the internationally-renowned pianist Peter Frankl in a recital of Chopin and Schumann on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Both Chopin and Schumann were born in 1810, and this recital honors the bicentennial of both composers. The two musicians admired each other’s works and met on at least one occasion. Chopin dedicated one of his Ballades to his colleague; Schumann, a music critic as well as composer, proclaimed in a famous review of Chopin: “Hats off, gentlemen, a genius.”

Frankl, a professor at the Yale School of Music since 1987, has been hailed by the press as a “beguiling colorist” and “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” He will perform Chopin’s Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26, no 1; Four Impromptus; Four Mazurkas, Op. 33; and the Scherzo No. 1 in B minor; and Schumann’s Fantaisiestucke, Op. 12, and Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival Scenes from Vienna), Op. 26.

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Published January 27, 2010
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Yale in New York series offers a preview of Prokofiev Rediscovered: premieres and rarities

Among the three premieres is the unfinished opera Distant Seas and Music for Athletic Exercises, performed with dance

prokofiev_squareThe celebrated Yale in New York series offers a special preview concert of its Prokofiev Rediscovered program on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program, which will also be presented in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 9, features premieres and rarely-performed works by one of the titans of twentieth-century music. Boris Berman, the acclaimed pianist and Prokofiev specialist who conceived the program, performs with faculty colleagues Ettore Causa, viola; Stephen Taylor, oboe; and Robert Blocker, piano, as well as distinguished alumni, student, and guest performers.

The concert will showcase three recently-discovered Prokofiev works: a fragment from the unfinished opera Distant Seas (1948) receives its world premiere, while Music for Athletic Exercises (1939) and the complete music from the ballet Trapeze (1924) will be heard in New Haven for the first time. In addition, Berman will be joined by Dean Robert Blocker in a rarely heard two-piano arrangement of a suite of Schubert waltzes. Music for Athletic Exercises will be performed with original choreography by the New York City Ballet’s Adam Hendrickson. The dancers, all part of the Adam Hendrickson Dance Project, are Elysia Dawn; Colby Damon, and Matthew Renko. The New York Times has raved that Mr. Hendrickson “is just about invincible: understated, enigmatic and full of eccentricity.”

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Published January 26, 2010
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Tina Lee Hadari ’04MM to discuss chamber music as public service

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Tina Lee Hadari, a graduate of the School of Music and the founder of Music Haven, will be the featured guest speaker at the next Community Engagement Think Tank on Saturday, February 6. Music Haven is a nonprofit organization that anchors a string quartet to the urban neighborhoods of New Haven. Its resident ensemble, the Haven String Quartet, teaches tuition-free after-school string lessons to 48 youth in high-poverty neighborhoods and performs in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout Connecticut.

This year, the Yale School of Music examines the role of community engagement in the life of professional musicians. To encourage School of Music students to explore the role of community engagement in their careers, and to identify and promote good practices in this field, the School has inaugurated a series of Saturday Seminars. Each session combines a presentation by a visiting expert with a discussion among students on topical issues affecting the field of classical music. MORE

Published January 25, 2010
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Composer, CSMT director Jack Vees highlighted in Yale Alumni Magazine

vees_vThe January/February issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine featured an article on longtime faculty member Jack Vees. In addition to his work as a composer and bassist, Vees is the director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology at the Yale School of Music.

The article calls Vees “the backbone of a revolutionary and influential Yale music scene.”

Read the article HERE.

View Jack Vees’ video Healing HERE.

Published January 25, 2010
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Cellist Dmitri Atapine presents February 11 recital

DMA recital features Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Laderman

atapine_2cThe Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring cellist Dmitri Atapine on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. Atapine has garnered praise for his a “warm vividly coloristic touch on the cello and seemingly effortless command of any stylistic device” (Lucid Culture). He will perform with pianist Hye-yeon Park, a fellow graduate of the School of Music with whom he recorded a critically-acclaimed CD for Urtext Digital, a label distributed by Naxos.

The program will open with Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, Op, 70, and will continue with Ezra Laderman’s Fantasy for Solo Cello from 1998. The second half of the program features Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1, and Chopin’s Sonata for Piano and Cello in G minor, Op. 65.

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Published January 22, 2010
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Yale Opera announces casting for The Marriage of Figaro

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A scene from The Marriage of Figaro in Sprague Hall, Fall 2009. The February performances will take place at the Shubert Theater.

January 20, 2010 | Yale Opera is pleased to announce the casts for its upcoming production of Mozart’s masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), to be performed at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater in February. The production features stage direction by Vera Lúcia Calábria; Christoph Campestrini will conduct the Yale Philharomonia. Performances take place February 12 and 13 at 8 pm, and on February 14 at 2 pm. Tickets are available through the Shubert Theater box office.

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Published January 21, 2010
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New Music New Haven features Martin Bresnick’s piano trio alongside music by student composers

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Martin Bresnick

New Music New Haven, the series that showcases young composers from the Yale School of Music as well as faculty and distinguished guests, will feature faculty composer Martin Bresnick in a concert on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The program opens with Reena Esmail’s Feritas, a wild and colorful virtuoso piece for six trumpets, and continues with Omar Surillo’s biographical Quartet for flute, violin, cello, piano. Richard Harrold’s Not the Furniture Game for guitar and voice follows. The final student work on the program is Jordan Kuspa’s Wild and Ferocious Plants, a quartet for clarinet, vibes, violin, and cello.

Bresnick’s Piano Trio, written in 1988 for the Monticello Trio, concludes the program. Each of the trio’s four movements bears a suggestive title reflecting the spirit of the movement; the fourth movement incorporates and transforms aspects of the three preceding movements.

The concert will be streamed live, in both video and audio, at music.yale.edu/media.

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Published January 20, 2010
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Obituary: Professor Emeritus Donald Currier, 91

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Donald Currier, Professor Emeritus of Pianoforte at the Yale School of Music, died at Yale-New Haven Hospital on January 7th, 2010, after a brief illness.  In his thirty-eight years on the Yale faculty, he was highly regarded as a teacher and consummate performer. According to Dean Robert Blocker of the Yale School of Music, “Don Currier’s passion for the piano was evident in his playing and teaching. He was a complete musician, one who understood and valued the inextricable relationship of performance and scholarship, emotion and intellect. His contributions to the School and to music will continually be reflected in the lives of those who were fortunate enough to study with him.”

Born in Milton, Mass., Donald Currier began piano lessons at the age of seven. He studied piano and theory while in high school at the New England Conservatory, and later earned an undergraduate degree from that institution. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he attended the Yale School of Music, then taught for several years at Connecticut College before returning to Yale to join the faculty in 1951. He gave recitals in New York and throughout New England in addition to numerous performances at Yale and the Norfolk Summer School of Music as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. He also served as a Resident Fellow at Branford College and as Associate Dean of the School of Music.

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Published January 19, 2010
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Help Can’t Wait: Yale offers benefit concert for Haiti on Monday, Jan. 18

help-cant-waitMusicians in the Yale community will present Help Can’t Wait, a benefit concert for Haiti on Monday, January 18 at 7:30 pm in Woolsey Hall. Performers include the Yale Bands, Yale Glee Club, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Gospel Choir, Shades, Whim ‘N Rhythm, the Whiffenpoofs, Schola Cantorum, WORD, and others. Contributions will go toward the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, and other relief groups responding to the devastation in Haiti.

Suggested donations are $20, $10 for students. Advance tickets can be purchased HERE on the Yale School of Music website. 100% of ticket revenue will be given to relief organizations.

Performers who want to volunteer for the “Help Can’t Wait Haiti” benefit concert should contact Thomas C. Duffy, Director of University Bands. For more information on Yale students’ relief campaign or to volunteer for future efforts, call 203.432.4113 or e-mail helpcantwaithaiti@gmail.com.

Visit http://opa.yale.edu/haiti/ to donate funds and learn more about Yale’s initiatives.

Published January 15, 2010
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