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NYT Review: ‘New Voices, New Music’ From David Lang at Zankel Hall

New York Times
By Steve Smith

Welcoming the audience from the Zankel Hall stage brightly on Wednesday night, the composer David Lang said that when Carnegie Hall presented him with a range of possible activities to undertake as the newest holder of its Debs Composers Chair, he had responded that he wanted to do them all.

Thus, his residency will include both a family concert with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and a chamber-orchestra program, and concludes in April with “collected stories,” a gloriously eclectic six-concert festival.

“I mean, I would be happy to sell beer here,” he said. “In fact, maybe I’ll ask to do that.”

It figures. As a founder of the trailblazing collective Bang on a Can, Mr. Lang knows about variety, enterprise and gumption. That, as well as the lofty imprimatur of his 2008 Pulitzer Prize, makes him an ideal ambassador for a conventional institution seeking to engage with an entrepreneurial new wave of composers and performers. MORE

Published November 27, 2013
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The National’s Bryce Dessner: The secret about advice is knowing when to ignore it

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Bryce Dessner as told to David Daley

Sometimes young people ask me – after a National show or after a classical show – “What’s your advice?” Or they’ll say, “How do you do what you do?” I say have a diversity of interests. If you’re interested in writing this kind of music, but also have this crazy idea to do something different, that’s really good. Professionally it opens more doors, and also, I think, you’re getting closer to what it is that is unique about yourself. Asking, “What’s different about me, than someone with a similar background?”

My background in music is classical – I did graduate school in music. At that time I was studying composition but I was studying classical guitar very seriously. For many people in the music conservatory world the message was always: Focus! You can’t do everything; you really need to specialize. And especially at an early age, I ignored this advice. MORE

Published November 26, 2013
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Alumnae Esther Park, Xiaoxi Wu win first and second prizes in José Roca Piano Competition

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Esther Park ’12AD, ’13MMA

Esther Park ’12AD, ’13MMA won first prize in the 15th International José Roca Piano Competition, and Xiaoxi Wu ’11MM won second prize. The competition was held in Valencia, Spain; the final round took place Thursday, November 21.

The first- and second- place finalists earned prize money of 9000 and 5000 euros, respectively. The winner also receives a bust of the competition’s namesake, the Valencian pianist José Roca.

The finalists performed concertos with the Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Francisco Vicente Chuliá.This competition is held in honor of José Roca Coll, born in Xirivella in 1915. Roca, who dedicated his life to music and teaching, was a professor and director of the Conservatory of Music.

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Published November 26, 2013
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First Lady Michelle Obama Recognizes OrchKids, directed by Dan Trahey ’03MM

Dan Trahey, right, with Michelle Obama and Asia Palmer

Dan Trahey, right, with Michelle Obama and Asia Palmer

The White House announced last week that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program, directed by YSM alumnus Dan Trahey, was one of 12 recipients of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

In a ceremony at the White House on November 22, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award to OrchKids artistic director Dan Trahey and eighth grader Asia Palmer, who has participated in OrchKids since 2008.

The NAHYP Awards are the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The BSO’s flagship community engagement program is recognized for its effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by fostering arts and arts education in their communities.

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Published November 26, 2013
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Free Lunchtime Chamber Music concert Wednesday, Dec. 4

chamber_music3The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm at Morse Recital Hall (470 College St, New Haven).

This concert includes Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet and an arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for two pianos and percussion. Also on the program are movements from Schubert’s String Quartet in A minor (“Rosamunde”) and Prokofiev’s Quintet for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass. MORE

Published November 25, 2013
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Achilles Liarmakopoulos ’10MM joins faculty of Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music

liarmakopoulos-headshotYSM alumnus Achilles Liarmakopoulos ’10MM was recently appointed Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Liarmakopoulos, an award-winning trombonist and member of the renowned Canadian Brass, has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, performing and educating in diverse venues and institutions.

Achilles Liarmakopoulos completed his Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music in 2010, studying with Scott Hartman. The YSM faculty awarded him the Philip Francis Nelson Prize for outstanding musicianship. Liarmakopoulos has also studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece. MORE

Published November 25, 2013
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Photos: The Legacy of Paul Hindemith at Zankel Hall

Enjoy these photos from “The Legacy of Paul Hindemith,” presented Friday, November 22 in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. The concert opened the 2013–14 Yale in New York series.

The program featured three pieces by Paul Hindemith, a YSM faculty member 1940–1953, alongside pieces by five of his Yale students: Alvin Etler, Lukas Foss, Mitch Leigh, Mel Powell, and Yehudi Wyner. Leigh was in attendance to hear “The Impossible Dream,” from the musical Man of La Mancha. Wyner played the piano part in the New York premiere of his new piano quartet, Concordance. 

The majority of the performers were YSM students, who worked with faculty coaches Wendy Sharp (violin) and William Purvis (horn, conductor) on the repertoire. YSM faculty member Willie Ruff, a Yale alumnus who studied with Hindemith, opened the second of the concert by speaking about his memories of the composer, theorist, and pedagogue.

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William Purvis conducts Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1

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Published November 25, 2013
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Yale Philharmonia plays New Music for Orchestra Dec. 12

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by conductor Shinik Hahm on Thursday, December 12, 2013. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The concert features music by four composers currently studying at the Yale School of Music. On the program are Bálint Karosi’s Dancescapes: three dances for orchestra, James Rubino’s Shall Efface, Benjamin Wallace’s Five Gifts for an Old Friend, and Brendon Randall-Myers’s Indefatigable Optimism.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required.  MORE

Published November 22, 2013
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‘Bassoonarama’ features tangos and more Dec. 9

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YSM bassoonists in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

The Yale School of Music presents Bassoonarama, a recital by the Yale School of Music bassoon studio, on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7 pm.

The recital takes place at Sudler Recital Hall in William L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall St., New Haven, adjacent to Sprague Hall).

The program opens with Julius Fučik’s Entry of the Gladiators. A parade of tangos will follow: Tango Suite by Astor Piazzolla, Tango for Three Bassoons by Manuel Martinez, and Last Tango in Bayreuth by Peter Schickele.

The students will then perform The Grouchy Old Bear, another piece by Fučik. The event concludes with jazz and holiday tunes for the winter season. MORE

Published November 22, 2013
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Christine Gangelhoff ’95AD releases ‘Deep Blue’ with C Force

CForceYale School of Music alumna Christine Gangelhoff ’95AD recently released a new compact disc entitled Deep Blue with her ensemble, C Force.

In addition to Gangelhoff, a flutist, C Force is made up of Christian Justilien, euphonium, and Christy Lee, piano. The performers are all faculty members at The College of The Bahamas in Nassau on the island of New Providence. MORE

Published November 22, 2013
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