Tickets for “Don Giovanni” on sale Oct. 29

Tickets for Yale Opera’s much-anticipated new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Shubert Theater go on sale Friday, October 29.

Yale Opera’s production of Don Giovanni will be conducted by Giuseppe Grazioli and directed by Sam Helfrich. The production, to be performed February 11, 12, and 13, 2011, will feature set design by Andrew Holland, costume design by Kaye Voyce, and lighting design by William Warfel. The opera will be performed in Italian with projected English translations.

Purchase tickets at the Shubert Theater box office (247 College Street, New Haven), by phone at 203 562-5666 or 1-800 228-6622, or online at www.shubert.com.

Early Bird Discount

Purchases tickets to Don Giovanni online or by phone between October 29 and January 14 and use the code “Early Bird” to receive a 10% discount.

Published October 29, 2010
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Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 12 pm

Yale University will observe Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11, with a ceremony on Beinecke Plaza at 12:00 pm.

The ceremony will include remarks of remembrance from Yale students and faculty and the traditional laying of a wreath in front of the alumni war memorial.

Yale School of Music students will participate as part of the Veterans Day Brass Ensemble and a vocal quartet. The members of the Veterans Day Brass Ensemble are Paul E. Futer ’12, trumpet; Kyle S. Sherman ’11, trumpet; Mimi Zhang ’12, horn; Brian R. Reese ’11, trombone; and Landres T. Bryant, ’12 tuba. A choral group, organized last year by Tian Ng and continued this year by Dashon Burton ’11MM, will perform an excerpt from Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Missa di Requiem as the wreath is walked down to the cenotaph. In addition to Burton, the singers are Arianne Abela ’10MM, Colin Britt ’10MM, and Tuesday Rupp ’12DIV.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Woolsey Hall. For additional information, call 203 432-2317.

Published October 28, 2010
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Yale Concert Band & Yale Jazz Ensemble bring Cole Porter and Glenn Miller back to life

Cole Porter

The Yale Concert Band and Yale Jazz Ensemble, both directed by Thomas C. Duffy, will present “ Cole Porter and Glenn Miller Return to New Haven!” featuring New York cabaret artist Steve Ross on Friday, December 3, at 7:30 pm.

The first half of the program will offer a tribute to Cole Porter, who graduated from Yale College in 1913. Porter wrote the Yale University fight songs that are still performed today, as well as the innumerable great American song classics. This concert will include “Begin the Beguine,” “Night and Day,” “Can Can,” “Let’s Do It,” and more. The New Yorker called Steve Ross “the personification of the spirit of Cole Porter.”

The concert’s second half will recreate Glenn Miller‘s broadcasts from Yale. In 1943, Captain Glenn Miller and the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command Band – better known as the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band – made six live broadcasts from Yale’s Woolsey Hall. Titled “I Sustain the Wings” (from the AAFTCC motto “Sustineo Alas”), these broadcasts were twenty-five minutes in length and included radio skits, musical selections performed by the larger AAF orchestra, and numbers with vocalists and the military version of Glenn Miller’s popular big band.

Glenn Miller

With Woolsey Hall’s stage dressed as it was in 1943 and members of the Yale Jazz Ensemble appearing in the roles of their counterparts from six decades ago, this retrospective is a re-enactment of portions of these broadcasts, complete with radio skits, vocalists, and a swinging big band. Included are the Miller classics “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Little Brown Jug,” and more.

The Yale Bands have performed this acclaimed program numerous times throughout Connecticut and New York since its original inception in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy. While stationed at Yale, Glenn Miller and his military big band touched all of New Haven and, indeed, the country with their performances. This re-enactment has won rave reviews from the public and journalists alike, with audience members describing the experience as “transporting, uplifting, riveting, a special gift.” Fourteen years and numerous performances later, the show is just as powerful and relevant. MORE

Published October 28, 2010
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Music for dance and film by faculty composer David Lang

Works and Process at the Guggenheim presented two different versions of the same music by faculty composer David Lang. Up-and-coming choreographers Jessica Lang and Pontus Lidberg have each made dances to his pieces forced march and the so-called laws of nature, for the dancers of the company Morphoses. After watching rehearsals, Lang said, “I was surprised I was at how differently I heard the music – it feels as if each choreographer shines a light on some aspect of the music that only he or she noticed.”

Lang also wrote music for the New York City Ballet, for a piece called Plainspoken by choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Plainspoken premiered October 7 on the NYCB gala and was performed again the following week.

In addition, Lang wrote music for the comical film ‘(Untitled)‘ starring Adam Goldberg as a composer – shown in the film living in Lang’s building. The soundtrack includes the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Steve Schick, Evan Ziporyn, members of ICE, and So Percussion, with some of the musicians shown on screen. The film is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray, and the soundtrack CD – available on Cantaloupe – includes rarities like the long-out-of-print Sony recording of Steve Schick playing the “Anvil” chorus.

Published October 26, 2010
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Linden String Quartet wins Concert Artists Guild Competition

The 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition culminated Wednesday evening with the announcement of three winners at the Awards Showcase at the Kosciuszko Foundation. Awards went to pianist Michael Brown (First Prize & Victor and Sono Elmaleh Award), baritone Mischa Bouvier, and the Linden String Quartet. Each winner of the annual competition receives a two-year management contract and joins the CAG artist roster. The winners performed a short concert program for an enthusiastic audience of industry professionals and CAG supporters.

CAG’s mission is to discover, nurture and promote young musicians. Winners of its annual competition receive comprehensive career advancement services, including the booking of professional performance engagements, commissioning and recording opportunities, and marketing and publicity support. Winners will also appear next season on CAG’s Winners Series in New York. MORE

Published October 25, 2010
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Shinik Hahm leads the Yale Philharmonia in two works of Richard Strauss and the Fourth Symphony of Brahms on Thursday, November 18


The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and conductor-in-residence Shinik Hahm on Thursday, November 18 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets, New Haven). The program features the music of Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms.

Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan opens the evening, led by Adrian Slywotzky, a conducting fellow at the School of Music. The piece depicts the exploits of Don Juan, the same storyline that Yale Opera will explore in its winter production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Oboist Carl Oswald, a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition, will join the orchestra for Strauss’s Oboe Concerto in D major. Strauss wrote the concerto for John De Lancie, a GI stationed in Germany after World War II who in civilian life had played oboe in the Pittsburgh Orchestra – and who later would serve for 30 years as principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert will conclude with Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor, considered by many one of the composer’s greatest masterpieces. Despite its dark tone, the work was acclaimed from its very first performance in 1885 and has been enormously popular ever since.

Admission to the performance is free. MORE

Published October 25, 2010
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Andrew Norman ’09AD among four winners of Orpheus Project 440

Last week, WQXR announced that  Andrew Norman ’09AD, Clint Needham, Alex Mincek, and Cynthia Wong were selected as the winners of Orpheus Project 440. Each composer will write a work to be premiered at Carnegie Hall by Orpheus in the 2011-12 season.

The project began with 60 composer candidates and went through several rounds. Orpheus designed Project 440 in keeping with the passion for new music and for transparency of the creative process. The project is documented online on the WQXR website, where fans and members of the public have engaged in conversation and debate about each of the candidates and about Project 440 as a whole.

Published October 22, 2010
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs “Nuove musiche”: seventeenth-century masterpieces from Italy and Germany

YSM’s resident post-graduate ensemble performs on November 9, directed by Robert Mealy

Robert Mealy, director of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Photo by Bob Handelman.

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Mealy, in a program of “Nuove musiche” (new music) from the seventeenth century on Tuesday, November 9 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). This concert features works by Dario Castello, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Giovanni Battista Buonamente, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, and other composers who were experimenting with the possibilities offered by the invention of the sonata as a new art form. Their music is full of sudden harmonic surprises, brilliant virtuosity, and engagingly syncopated dance rhythms. Admission to the concert is free.

The members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble are Jae-Won Bang, Johanna Novom, and Jessica Park, baroque violin; Jacques Wood, baroque cello; and Avi Stein, harpsichord. The group, directed by baroque violinist and Yale School of Music professor Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Members of the Ensemble take part in an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785. The ensemble uses instruments that are replicas created from baroque models. The replicas are part of a growing assortment of instruments available for performance provided by the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, where the ensemble is in residence.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble presents a series of concerts each year on campus, and will make a special appearance in April 2011 in Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall as part of the Yale in New York series. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call 203 432-4158.

Published October 22, 2010
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Yale School of Music’s Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts continue in Sprague Hall November 17

The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 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 composed 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.

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

About Student Chamber Music at YSM

The Yale School of Music is unique in that all performance faculty coach chamber music, and all students are involved in chamber music for their entire tenure at the School. Ensembles come together each semester and receive weekly coachings from distinguished faculty and guest artists. Chamber groups often perform in the Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts, which
take place at both Morse Recital Hall and the Center for British Art, and in the Vista series, in which performances are enhanced by spoken commentary on the music. Students also take part in the annual chamber music competition, whose winners are featured in an annual Chamber Music Society concert.

Published October 22, 2010
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Pianist Wei-Yi Yang performs in recital November 10

Recital will feature Schubert, Schubert-Liszt Lieder transcriptions, and Chopin’s complete Preludes

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents the “untiring, passionate, and poetic” (Classics Today) Wei-Yi Yang in a recital on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Mr. Yang is Associate Professor of Piano at Yale and is internationally acclaimed for his recitals, chamber music collaborations, and appearances as soloist with orchestra.

Schubert’s rarely-played Drei Klavierstücke (Three Piano Pieces), D. 946, will open Mr. Yang’s program. Written only six months before the composer’s death, the pieces are also known as Impromptus. The program will continue with Liszt transcriptions of Schubert songs. Liszt adored Schubert’s songs and transcribed many of them for solo piano, placing the vocal line in the piano and turning the pieces into complex piano works. The second half of the program will be Chopin’s complete Twenty-Four Preludes, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth.

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Published October 21, 2010
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