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Dec. 20 concert features music of composer Douglas Fisk

December 13, 2012

Doctor of Musical Arts recital includes music for string quartet, wind quintet, and more

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring the music of Douglas Fisk on Thursday, December 20, 2012. The program, which features a variety of Fisk’s solo, vocal, and chamber works, begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The concert opens with Banjo and Shadows (2009), a cycle of cycle of five songs for baritone and piano using texts by the poet Carl Sandburg. Next is Impromptu for solo marimba (2007), which Fisk says was inspired by how Schubert’s impromptus “explore diverse musical textures while maintaining proportion and nuance of expression.” Refuge for string quartet closes the first half of the concert.

The second half of the program features three instrumental pieces inspired by poetry. Yes for solo double bass is based on the eponymous poem by William Stafford. The flute-and-marimba duet a kind of singing is based on the poem “Faint Music” by Robert Hass. The concert concludes with Fisk’s Woodwind Quintet, written in 2011, whose fourth movement references Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese.”

The recital 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.

About the Composer

Douglas Fisk is active as a composer, pianist, and teacher. He began compositional studies with Paul Barsom and Bruce Trinkley at the Pennsylvania State University before attending the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Martin Bresnick and Ezra Laderman. He attended the 2009 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, the 2006 June in Buffalo festival, and the 2006 European American Musical Alliance program in Paris, where he studied with Claude Baker. He was in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in August of 2007. Fisk has presented his music in master classes with Narcis Bonet, David Felder, Joel Hoffman, Bernard Rands, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Charles Wuorinen. Fisk is the co-director of the Composers/Pianists Concert Series, which has presented concerts in Merkin Hall, Tenri Cultural Institute, the Longy School of Music, and Firehouse12. He has taught music theory classes at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven and the Yale Department of Music, and currently teaches music theory and composition at the Long Island Conservatory of Music.

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