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New Music New Haven opens the 2010-11 season with featured composer Christopher Theofanidis

September 10, 2010

Concert also highlights three Yale alumni who will be showcased at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge October 11

Christopher Theofanidis

The Yale School of Music presents the first New Music New Haven concert of the year on Thursday, October 7 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The concert will feature faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis, lauded as “an unusually skilled, communicative composer” by the Baltimore Sun. On the program will be his string quartet Visions and Miracles, written in 1997, whose three movements explore a rich multiplicity of musical sources and techniques. Of the composer, the Washington Post has written: “What impresses me about Theofanidis… is his ability to blend several musical languages once thought to be mutually exclusive… the results are enormously attractive.”

Also on the program are works by up-and-coming composers from the Yale School of Music: current student Reena Esmail and alumni Jacob Cooper, Christopher Cerrone, and Robert Honstein. This segment of the program will include Cooper’s new Cello Octet, Esmail’s Piano Quintet, Cerrone’s Averno: A Fragment for voices and mixed ensemble, and Honstein’s rock-inspired song-without-words Why are you not answering.

The composers of Sleeping Giant, in a line drawing by Timo Andres

The pieces by Cerrone, Cooper, and Honstein will also be performed the following Monday, October 11th, as part of the critically acclaimed Yale in New York series. Also on that program are new works by fellow alumni Ted Hearne and Timo Andres. The five composers form a collective called Sleeping Giant, named after the state park in Hamden. The New York concert will take place at (Le) Poisson Rouge; info at www.lepoissonrouge.com or 212 505-FISH.

Listen to an interview with Christopher Theofanidis HERE.

Listen to excerpts from each movement of Visions and Miracles HERE.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Featured Composer

Christopher Theofanidis (b. 1967) has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Moscow Soloists, among many others. He served as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during the 2006-2007 season, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang. Mr. Theofanidis holds degrees from Yale, Eastman, and the University of Houston, and has been the recipient of the International Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, six ASCAP Gould Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, a Tanglewood Fellowhship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Charles Ives Fellowship. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now, based on the poetry of Rumi. His orchestral concert work, Rainbow Body, has been one of the most performed new orchestral works of the last ten years. Mr. Theofanidis has served as a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation’s Leadership Program and is a former faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. He currently teaches at the Yale School of Music.

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