Joel Brennan gives a recital of 20th- and 21st-century trumpet music by Britten, Andriessen, and more

Brennan received a Fulbright to perform Dutch and American contemporary music

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital by Joel Brennan, trumpet on Thursday, February 17 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven). The program will feature music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, beginning with Benjamin Britten’s Fanfare for Saint Edmundsbury, a piece for three trumpets written in 1959, followed by Vincent Persichetti’s Parable XVI (1975) for solo trumpet. Huang Ruo’s Wind Blows… (2007), which is flexible in its instrumentation, will be performed with percussionist Michael Compitello. The first half will close with Eric Nathan’s Cantus (2008) for trumpet and electronics.

As the recipient of a Fulbright grant in 2007, Brennan lived in the Netherlands and focused on promoting and performing contemporary music by Dutch and American composers. In this recital, he will perform the very short Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata by Louis Andriessen, the foremost Dutch composer working today. The concert will conclude with the U.S. premiere of a piece that Brennan commissioned, Sketches (2007) for trumpet and percussion by the young American composer Derek Jacoby. MORE

Published January 31, 2011
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Yale Opera announces casting for DON GIOVANNI

A scene from Yale Opera's 2010 performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the Shubert Theater.

Yale Opera is pleased to announce the casts for its new production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni, to be performed at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater in February.

The original production features stage direction by Sam Helfrich, set design by Andrew Holland, costume design by Kaye Voyce, and lighting design by William Warfel.

Giuseppe Grazioli, who enjoys an international career and has worked with Yale Opera many times, will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale.

Performances take place February 11 and 12 at 8 pm, and on February 13 at 2 pm. Tickets are available through the Shubert Theater box office.

Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8 pm

Don Giovanni Lóránt Najbauer, baritone
Donna Anna Jamilyn Manning-White, soprano
Donna Elvira Stephanie Gilbert, soprano
Leporello Andrew Craig Brown, bass-baritone
Don Ottavio Samuel Levine, tenor
Zerlina Jihee Kim, soprano
Masetto Cameron McPhail, baritone
Commendatore Aaron Sorensen, bass

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Published January 31, 2011
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Yale School of Music features select graduate performers in Feb. 7 recital

Program features music of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Hindemith, Bizet, Ravel, Xenakis

David Pershall, baritone, and Eric Barry, tenor, performing together at Convocation, September 2010.

The Yale School of Music presents a select group of performers in a recital on Monday, February 7, at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The performers, who are graduate students at the School of Music, will play music for a variety of instruments (including voice) from the Romantic period and the twentieth century.

Pianist Kuok-Wai Lio ’12MM will open the recital with a Schubert Impromptu. The Linden String Quartet will perform the first movement from Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13. The members of the ensemble, which is the current Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, are Catherine Cosbey and Sarah McElravy, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello, all ’12AD. Bassoonist Scott Switzer, praised by the New York Times for playing the “evocative solo elegantly” in a Yale Philharmonia concert last April, will perform Hindemith’s lyrical, compact bassoon sonata.

Eric Barry ’11AD, tenor, and David Pershall ’11AD, baritone, will sing “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). The singers, who are both in the Yale Opera program, will be accompanied by faculty pianist Douglas Dickson. Violinist Xi Chen ’11CERT, a top prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, will play Ravel’s virtuosic Tzigane. The recital will conclude with Rebonds Part A by Iannis Xenakis, performed by percussionist Ian Rosenbaum ’11AD. This part of the piece uses only skins: bongos, tom-toms, and bass drums, covering a wide range of pitch.

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

Published January 27, 2011
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In Memoriam: Dr. Regina Warner

Photo by Harold Shapiro.

Dr. Regina Lilly-Warner, a long-time advocate for music in the public schools of New Haven and beyond, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2011. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles E. Warner, who served over three decades in the New Haven Public Schools before his retirement in 2010, and their three children.

Regina Warner earned degrees from Fisk University and Columbia University, among others. She worked as an educator in Connecticut for 38 years, 32 of those in the New Haven Public Schools. Most recently, she was the Supervisor of Music, Library Media and Advanced Placement Programs. She studied piano, organ, viola, and voice, and at Fisk was a member of the renowned Jubilee Singers.

Her tireless work in the New Haven Public Schools included ongoing collaborations with the Music in Schools Initiative at the Yale School of Music. She was a guest at both the 2007 and 2009 Symposia on Music in Schools. In 2001, the Yale School of Music honored her with the Cultural Leadership Citation in recognition of her achievements in music education. Warner has received many other awards over the years for her work in the community.

A funeral service will be held at Battell Chapel (corner of Elm and College Streets, New Haven) on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Visiting hours will be from 9–11 am, organizational tributes from 11–1 pm, and the service will begin at 1 pm. Donations can be made to the Dr. Regina M. Lilly-Warner Scholarship Fund.

Published January 26, 2011
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Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts continue Feb. 16

The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 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 January 26, 2011
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Deceptive Cadence debates: does classical music need fixing?

Deceptive Cadence, NPR’s classical music blog, has been discussing whether classical music needs fixing:

If there is one thing we can count on in classical music it’s that people will continue to argue over its future. Is it dying a slow death? Or is it relatively healthy, merely hitting a few bumps in an awfully rocky economic road?
– Thomas Huizenga

NPR has collected opinions from prominent performers and composers. Among the contributors are several who have studied and/or taught at Yale:

Marin Alsop (’77BA) Targets A Tech-Savvy Future

Missy Mazzoli (’06MM) Defies Dogma, Demands Diversity

YSM faculty member David Lang (’83MMA)’s New Name For Classical Music

Published January 25, 2011
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Yale Opera presents an exciting new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni Feb. 11 through 13

Stage director Sam Helfrich makes his Yale Opera debut

Working model of set. Photo by Andrew Cavanaugh Holland.

The Yale School of Music and Yale Opera will present Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni February 11 through 13 at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater. Performances take place at 8 pm February 11 and 12, and at 2 pm February 13.

With stage director Sam Helfrich at the helm, the creative team features original set design by Andrew Holland, costume design by Kaye Voyce, and lighting design by William Warfel. Giuseppe Grazioli, who enjoys an international career and has worked with Yale Opera numerous times, will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale.

Helfrich, making his Yale Opera debut, is “delighted to be working with Yale Opera’s talented young singers on Don Giovanni, perhaps Mozart’s greatest opera.”

“The designers and I have created an entirely new production for Yale Opera, drawing inspiration from the Spanish origins of the Don Juan story in order to create a theatrical event rooted in classic images and, at the same time, hip, youthful, and which should strike a chord with smart modern audiences.”
– stage director Sam Helfrich

The opera will be performed in the original Italian with projected English translations. MORE

Published January 25, 2011
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Slideshow: Yale Percussion Group in Sprague Hall

View photos from of the Yale Percussion Group’s performance on December 10, 2010 in Morse Recital Hall. Click the arrow below to play the slideshow, or click HERE for a larger view.

Photos by Harold Shapiro.

Published January 20, 2011
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Tokyo String Quartet performs with violist Ettore Causa Feb. 8

Program includes Mozart and Szymanowski quartets, plus Mendelssohn quintet with violist Ettore Causa

The Chamber Music Society at the Yale School of Music presents the Tokyo String Quartet on Tuesday, February 8 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will open with Mozart’s “Hunt” Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, so named because the first movement reminded Mozart’s contemporaries of the rhythms and horn calls of a hunting scene. Szymanowski’s Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 37, will round out the first half. The piece, written in 1917, “deserves to be much better known” for its “inventive textures and arresting, even hallucinatory ideas” (Classics Today).

Guest artist Ettore Causa, professor of viola at the Yale School of Music, will join the quartet for Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87. Causa has been widely praised for his unusually beautiful tone; his first recording was crowned with the 5 Diapason, and his second quickly earned broad acclaim.

The Tokyo Quartet, currently celebrating its fortieth season as one of the world’s foremost ensembles, has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976. The New York Times has praised the quartet for nothing less than “exemplary chamber music,” and the Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”

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Published January 20, 2011
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New Music New Haven features David Lang’s “Pierced”

“Dark, mordant and rhythmically relentless, Pierced is the most exciting new work in years from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.”

San Francisco Chronicle

The Yale School of Music will present a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will feature David Lang’s Pierced for piano, cello, and percussion with strings. The San Francisco Chronicle called it Lang’s “most exciting new work in years” and described the piece as “Dark, mordant and rhythmically relentless… irresistible… [a] forceful thrill.” The performance will feature Shannon Hayden, cello; Jeannette Fang, piano; and Michael Compitello, percussion, as soloists, and will be conducted by Adrian Slywotzky.

The program will also present several new pieces by up-and-coming composers currently studying at the Yale School of Music: Jordan Kuspa’s upbeat, rhythmic Flybys for wind sextet; Loren Loiacono’s  Jitterbug for solo piano; Paul Kerekes‘ Reasons for Moving for solo piano, a musical evocation of four poems by Mark Strand; Garth Neustadter’s Untangoed for solo piano; and Daniel Wohl’s Pixelated for solo piano, toy piano, and glockenspiel. MORE

Published January 19, 2011
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