Clarinetist Mingzhe Wang gives DMA recital Dec. 15

The Yale School of Music presents clarinetist Mingzhe Wang in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, December 15, 2011. Wang will be joined by three fellow School of Music alumni: pianist Jessica Osborne, violinist Katie Hyun, and cellist Mihai Marica. The recital, which features music by Mozart and Brahms as well as contemporary works, will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

The concert opens with the Fantasy Pieces, Op. 43, by the Danish Romantic composer Niels Gade. It continues with Chinese Ancient Dances by Chen Yi, one of today’s most prominent women composers who (like Wang) grew up in China and now lives in the U.S.

The first half concludes with Mozart’s Clarinet Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454.

American composer Elliott Carter will soon celebrate his 103rd birthday; Wang will perform his trio “Con Leggerezza Pensosa” with Hyun and Marica. The concert will conclude with Brahms’ Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. MORE

Published November 29, 2011
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs Dec. 4

Concert explores extravagant & virtuosic music of the German Baroque

The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Sunday, December 4, 2011. Directed by faculty member Robert Mealy, the ensemble will perform extravagant and virtuosic music of the German Baroque, including music of Biber, Bach, Telemann, and more. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE) is a postgraduate trio sonata ensemble whose members undertake a year of intensive study. This year’s members are Soo-Ryun Baek and Tess Isaac, baroque violin; Colin Meinecke, baroque viola; and Hannah Collins, baroque cello.

Robert Mealy, described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” directs the YBE. The ensemble will be joined in this performance by harpsichordist Avi Stein.

The concert will feature sonatas and overtures by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann as well as the less-familiar Johann Rosenmüller and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. The ensemble will also perform two works by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: “Die musikalische Fechtschul” (1668) and “Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinando III” (1657).

In addition to featuring the full ensemble, the concert will also highlight each member in varied solos and duets. MORE

Published November 29, 2011
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Classical and Electric: Guitar Chamber Music Dec. 14

Concert pairs classical and electric guitars with violin, voice, and more

The Yale School of Music will present a Guitar Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. Directed by faculty member Benjamin Verdery (pictured at left), the concert will showcase diverse chamber ensembles that include guitar.

The event takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven.

Two works with strings will be featured: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Quintet for guitar and string quartet (1950), and the “Serenata” for guitar and violin by the early nineteenth-century composer Wenzel Thomas Matiegka.

Two song cycles will demonstrate widely different approaches to the pairing of voices and guitars: Matilde Salvador’s “Endechas y Cantares de Sepharad” (2000) for voice and classical guitar, and Frank Martin’s “Poèmes de la Mort” for tenor, baritone, and bass voices with three electric guitars, with text by François Villon.

The concert will also include a selection of guitar duets by Francisco Acosta.
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Published November 23, 2011
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Yale Opera performs German art song Dec. 12

Liederabend features music of Schubert, Mahler, and more

The Yale School of Music will present Liederabend: An Evening of German Art Song on Monday, December 12, 2011.

The concert will feature the singers of Yale Opera in a selection of German Romantic lieder. The event takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven).

On the program are German art songs by Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms, as well as Hugo Wolf, Carl Loewe, and Richard Strauss. The concert will also include music of Gustav Mahler, who is best known for his symphonies but also wrote numerous songs, and by his wife Alma Mahler.

Pianists Timothy Shaindlin and Kyle Swann will accompany the singers. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. The next Liederabend performance will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

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Published November 23, 2011
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Yale Philharmonia performs new music Dec. 8

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia in a concert on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Shinik Hahm will conduct the orchestra in new music by graduate students in the School of Music’s composition program. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program will open with Paul Kerekes’s “Timber” and Christopher Rogerson’s “Oaken Sky.” Daniel Wohl’s “Found Object – Faded Music” is written for orchestra and mixed media. The first half will conclude with Justin Tierney’s “Passa,” described by the composer as a “series of narrative-based variations on two different theme groups and a rhythm.” The distinct musical ideas “interact and overlap, driving the narrative forward to its explosive conclusion.”

The second half opens with Hannah Lash’s “Music for Loss.” Eric Barry ’11AD is the tenor soloist in “By the Open Window,” written by Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter.

Kathryn Salfelder will conduct her own work, “Lux Perpetua,” written for soprano saxophone and orchestra. Geoffrey Landman is the saxophone soloist. The piece, according to the composer, “explores the many facets of light.” It was commissioned by the Albany Symphony and premiered on October 22, 2011. The concert concludes with Loren Loiacono’s “Stalks, hounds.”

Yang Jiao and Paolo Bortolameolli, both conducting students at the School of Music, will serve as assistant conductors to the Yale Philharmonia. The concert is part of the New Music New Haven concert series, which is directed by faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis. MORE

Published November 23, 2011
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Free Lunchtime Chamber Music concert Dec. 7

The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, December 7. The concert takes place at 12:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven).

The Lunchtime Chamber Music series 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.

The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

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 concert on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series.

Published November 23, 2011
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Jazz pianist, arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi performs with her quartet Dec. 9

Concert also features flutist and saxophonist Lew Tabackin

The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music continues its 2011–2012 season on Friday, December 9 with a concert featuring the Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet.

Akiyoshi, a 2007 NEA Jazz Master and 14-time Grammy nominee, will perform with flutist and saxophonist Lew Tabackin, bassist Paul Gill, and drummer Shinnosuke Takahashi.

Akiyoshi demonstrates, in the words of one reviewer, “…a level of compositional and orchestral ingenuity that made her one of perhaps two or three composer-arrangers in jazz whose name could seriously be mentioned in the company of Duke Ellington, Eddie Sauter, and Gil Evans.” Her arrangements are particularly distinctive for incorporating elements of traditional Japanese music.

As a flutist, Tabackin has won first place for flute in the Swing Journal Reader’s poll four years in a row, as well as the DownBeat International Critics Poll in 2010. His distinctive tenor sax style includes the use of wide intervals and abrupt changes of mood and tempo. Akiyoshi and Tabackin met in 1968 and have been performing together ever since. The two are married.

The concert will begin at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

Tickets are $20–$30, $10 with student ID, available at music.yale.edu, 203 432-4158, or at the box office in Sprague Hall.

Willie Ruff, the director of the Ellington Series, has dubbed the 2011–2012 season “A House Full of Rhythm.” The series continues with the Ron Carter Trio on March 23 and Matt Wilson’s Arts + Crafts on May 11. For more information on the Ellington Jazz Series at Yale, visit music.yale.edu/concerts/ellington. MORE

Published November 22, 2011
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Vista explores colorful range of chamber music Dec. 10

Concert features both traditional and unconventional ensembles

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 8 pm. The Vista series features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. This concert will offer music by Haydn, Poulenc, Frank Martin, and Anton Arensky.

The program will open with Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, “Lark,” Op. 64, No. 5, and will continue with Poulenc’s insouciant Sextet for Piano and Winds.

Frank Martin’s “Poèmes de la Mort” sets texts by François Villon to an unusual ensemble of three male voices and three electric guitars. The singers are students in the School of Music’s vocal track in early music, song, and chamber ensemble.

Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, often considered the finest work by this Russian Romantic composer, will conclude the program.
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Published November 21, 2011
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Updated program announced for Vocal Britain concerts

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the updated program and performers for Vocal Britain, the first concert of this year’s Yale in New York Series.

Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano

The program of music by Benjamin Britten and William Walton will take place on Sunday, December 4, at 7:30 pm, in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. New Haven audiences will get a preview of that program on Thursday, December 1, at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

World-renowned hornist and Yale faculty member William Purvis will perform Britten’s haunting “Serenade” with tenor Dann Coakwell ’11AD and a string orchestra of current Yale students.

The program will open with esteemed mezzo-soprano Janna Baty, a faculty member and a graduate of the School of Music, and pianist Jill Brunelle performing William Walton’s delightful, rarely-heard song cycle “A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table.”

John McDonough, narrator

The second half will feature Walton’s tour-de-force, “Façade: An Entertainment,” with Baty and actor

John McDonough reciting Edith Sitwell’s inimitable poetry. William Boughton, the music director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and an expert in the music of William Walton, will conduct a chamber ensemble of Yale School of Music instrumentalists.

The charismatic McDonough, an actor and narrator, has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber music festivals, including narrating Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival this past summer. He has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, winning an Audie Award in 2006, and starred in the revival of Captain Kangaroo. MORE

Published November 18, 2011
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YSM pianists survey Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas

The Yale School of Music presents all of the Prokofiev Piano Sonatas in two pairs of performances: December 5 and 7 at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, and December 11 at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The concerts, which are presented by Yale in New York and the Horowitz Piano Series, feature performers selected in a competition open to all graduate-level piano students. The events mark the publication of a new performance edition of the sonatas, edited by faculty member and Prokofiev specialist Boris Berman.

The first program (Dec. 5 at 8 pm in New Haven, and Dec. 11 at 5:30 pm in New York) will frame the project by presenting the first and last of Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas. Naomi Woo ’13MM will perform the Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1; Euntaek Kim ’13AD will play the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14; and David Fung ’12MMA will perform the second version of the Sonata No. 5 in C major. The second half of the concert opens with the Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103, performed by Esther Park ’12AD. The concert closes with the Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29, played by Scott MacIsaac ’14CERT. MORE

Published November 17, 2011
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