Yale Jazz Ensemble performs at “Jazz Under the Stars” benefit concert on April 12

The John C. Daniels School band

In the twilight of the evening, John C. Daniels School will hold a benefit concert called “Jazz Under The Stars,” sponsored by Local 35, the union representing servicing and maintenance work at Yale. The concert, held on Monday, April 12, from 7:00–8:30 pm, will feature the Yale Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Thomas C. Duffy. The event will take place at John C. Daniels School’s courtyard, and listeners are welcome to bring blankets or cushions.

All proceeds from this benefit will help purchase high-quality new instruments for JCD band students. The new instruments will allow students to advance their level of performance, and students will be able to bring them to high school and beyond.

The Yale Jazz Ensemble, a seventeen-piece big band, will treat guests to a special performance of a wide variety of music, from swing standards to progressive jazz. The Ensemble has performed both in the United States and internationally at such noted venues as New York’s Village Vanguard and Iridium Jazz Club and London’s Ronnie Scott’s. The YJE has played with or opened for the Mingus Big Band, the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Owens, and Branford Marsalis.

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Published March 31, 2010
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Spanish edition of Boris Berman’s book released, translated by Hector Sanchez ’04DMA

The Spanish translation of Professor Boris Berman’s book Notes from the Pianist’s Bench has been released. Hector Sanchez ’04DMA, a pianist who studied with Berman at the Yale School of Music, is the translator. The book has already been published in Chinese (traditional characters), Korean, and Japanese.

Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title upon its publication in 2001, draws on Berman’s vast experience as a Russian-trained concert pianist and highly respected educator to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Combining explanations and advice with anecdotes about his students, colleagues, and former teachers, Berman also provides many insights into the psychological aspects of musical performance and the teaching of music.

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Published March 31, 2010
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“Home Grown on Common Ground” concert features local stars

St. Luke’s Steel Band and Christian Sands, along with Yale performers Andy Akiho and friends

St. Luke's Steel Band

For the spring concert on the Ellington Jazz Series, artistic director Willie Ruff has gathered together an unusual array of talent from the New Haven area and Yale University for an exciting program. The concert is called “Home Grown on Common Ground,” and takes place on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The cast of local performers includes the remarkable 25-member St. Luke’s Steel Band and the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Christian Sands with Thadeus Exposé on bass and Arti Dixson on drums. Among the Yale performers is composer and steel pan virtuoso Andy Akiho, who will perform with the St. Luke’s Steel Band and with a large ensemble of woodwind, string, and brass players from the Yale School of Music.

The program will include music by steel pan players Liam Teague and Andy Akiho, Yale graduate composers Sam Adams and Richard Harrold, and the piece Fire Down Below by popular steel pan composer Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. Teague, a native of Trinidad and Tobago who serves on the faculty at Northern Illinois University, has been called “the Paganini of the steel pan.” Akiho is a composer and percussionist who “shreds on the steel pan, defying stereotypes about what kind of music that instrument is intended for” (Hartford Advocate). Akiho, Adams, and Harrold are all students in the Yale School of Music’s graduate program in composition. MORE

Published March 30, 2010
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Anton Kuerti, “the best pianist currently playing,” in Horowitz Series recital April 21

“One of the truly great pianists of this century… poignantly beautiful.”
– CD Review

Anton Kuerti. Photo by Martin Tsoian.

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Anton Kuerti in a special solo recital on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Kuerti, praised by a Fanfare magazine critic as “the best pianist currently playing,” will perform a classic program of music from Haydn and Mozart to Schumann and Mendelssohn.

Kuerti, whose recitals have sold out the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, will play Mozart’s Fantasy in C minor, K. 475; Haydn’s Sonata No. 62 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/52; Schumann’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22; Mendelssohn’s Fantaisie in F-sharp minor, Op. 28; and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110. Kuerti’s choice of repertoire and his interpretations reflects what the Boston Musical Intelligencer has called his “probing musical intelligence and utter disdain for theatrics.” MORE

Published March 30, 2010
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The Yale Cellos perform April 20 under the direction of Aldo Parisot

Music by Bach, Barber, Brubeck, & more, plus a world premiere by composer Angel Lam ’11AD

The Yale Cellos in rehearsal with director Aldo Parisot

The Yale School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated ensemble The Yale Cellos in its eagerly-anticipated annual performance on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Aldo Parisot will conduct the ensemble in a diverse program of Bach, Barber, Brubeck, and others, including the world premiere of Angel Lam’s The Emperor’s Eight Thousand Women Ghosts. Lam, an artist diploma candidate at the Yale School of Music, has twice won the Carnegie Hall emerging composer commission and has had her music premiered by Yo-Yo Ma. She will perform as narrator in the piece.

The Yale Cellos have long championed the classical compositions of Dave Brubeck; this concert will include the premiere of his Concordia as arranged for four cellos by the composer’s son, Matthew Brubeck, who was a student of Aldo Parisot. The program will also include Orawa by the Polish composer Wojciech Kilar (b. 1932), transcribed by Sascha Mandl.

Not everything on the program is new. Two Baroque works are Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Handel’s organ concerto in G minor, both arranged by Claude Kenneson. The program will also feature two movements of Grieg’s Holberg Suite and, in honor of Samuel Barber’s centennial, the moving Adagio for Strings.

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Published March 29, 2010
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Yale Opera to present a double bill of Bizet’s La Tragédie de Carmen and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol on April 16 and 17

Mark Streshinsky, stage director

The Yale School of Music and Yale Opera will present two evenings of short operas on April 16 and 17. The performances, featuring the up-and-coming singers of Yale Opera who dazzled audiences in February’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The creative team features stage director Mark Streshinsky, the new artistic director of Berkeley (California) Opera who is acclaimed for his “seamless and imaginative staging” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will provide musical direction and accompaniment. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.

Each evening will open with La Tragédie de Carmen, an adaptation Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen by the Romanian-French composer Marius Constant. Igor Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) is based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. The short three-act opera was composed in the same period as Stravinsky’s ballets The Firebird, Petroushka, and The Rite of Spring and reflects his stylistic innovations during those heady years.

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Published March 19, 2010
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Amphion Quartet wins awards at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition

Photo courtesy of Sammie Scheer

The Amphion String Quartet – whose members include three alumni of the Yale School of Music – has won the Dr. Harry & Lina Berrier First Place for Piano & Strings and The Hugo & Lucy Vianello Audience Prize at The Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The competition, held on March 14th at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, is one of the most prestigious events of its kind.

The members of the Amphion String Quartet are Yale School of Music alumni Katie Hyun, violin; Mihai Marica, cello; and David Southorn, violin; as wel as violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, a DMA candidate at Stony Brook University. The Amphion Quartet has been invited to spend the summer at Music @ Menlo’s International Program.

Read an article about the Plowman Competition here.

Published March 18, 2010
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Conducting fellows Farkhad Khudyev, Adrian Slywotzky lead Yale Philharmonia in symphonies by Bizet and Mendelssohn

Six o’clock “rush-hour” concert features the Philharmonia’s assistant conductors

Mar. 11, 2010 | The Yale School of Music presents a recital featuring its two conducting fellows, Farkhad Khudyev and Adrian Slywotzky, on Friday, April 9, at 6 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Each will lead members of the Yale Philharmonia in one piece: Slywotzky will conduct Bizet’s Symphony in C, and Khudyev will conduct Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.”

Khudyev and Slywotzky both study with Shinik Hahm and serve as assistant conductors of the Yale Philharmonia. They most recently appeared in performances with the Philharmonia at the end of February.

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Published March 15, 2010
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Yale Institute for Music Theatre announces 2010 summer workshop selections

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre (Mark Brokaw, artistic director; Beth Morrison, producer) announces the original music theatre works that will receive two-week workshops in New Haven, June 13-27: THE DAUGHTERS by Shaina Taub and STUCK ELEVATOR by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis.

About the 2010 Selections

THE DAUGHTERS
Music and libretto by Shaina Taub

In a work infused with an eclectic and exhilarating blend of soul, jazz and pop, we follow the three daughters of Zeus as they embark on separate and intersecting journeys of self-discovery: the child prodigy Athena grows up, the iconic vixen Aphrodite gets knocked up, and the reclusive rocker Artemis opens up. The Daughters is a timeless, and timely, story of three women coming of age in the very public eye.

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Published March 11, 2010
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Voices of American Music concert pays tribute to the Oral History of American Music project on its 40th anniversary

“…The world’s definitive archive of historical material on American music.”
– The New York Times

Vivian Perlis interviews Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein in Copland’s home.

The Yale School of Music presents Voices of American Music, a concert tribute to the legendary Oral History of American Music (OHAM) project at Yale. The concert will take place on Tuesday, April 6 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven) as part of the Chamber Music Society at Yale.

The works of some of America’s most important composers will be heard in a rare program that joins music with footage from OHAM’s archives. Founded by Vivian Perlis, one of the foremost historians of American music, OHAM is dedicated to collecting and preserving audio and video memoirs of notable figures in American music. The musicologist H. Wiley Hitchcock called OHAM “an incomparable resource, the most extensive ongoing oral history project in America.”

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Published March 10, 2010
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