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Artis Quartet plays Mozart, Zemlinsky, and Brahms Feb. 18

Artis Quartet

The Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed Artis Quartet in a concert of music by Mozart, Zemlinsky, and Brahms on Tuesday, February 18 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall. The newspaper Kurier has praised the quartet’s performances as “top class.”

The Vienna-based quartet is comprised of Peter Schuhmayer, violin; Johannes Meissl, violin; Herbert Kefer, viola; and Othmar Müller, cello. They have performed at the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Théatre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), and Santa Cecilia (Rome). MORE

Published January 31, 2014
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Take 5: Q+A with composer David Lang

Yale News
By Susan Gonzalez

Take 5 offers a brief introduction to Yale faculty members in a Q&A format. The featured faculty member selects 5 out of 10 questions to answer.

David Lang, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty since 2008, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer whose work has been performed by major musical, dance, and theatrical organizations throughout the world. Named Musical America’s Composer of the Year for 2013, he is Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Chair in Composition for the 2013/2014 season. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his “little match girl passion,” commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the vocal ensemble Theater of Voices, directed by Paul Hillier.

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Published January 30, 2014
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Yale Daily News: School of Music to host Pascal Rogé

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By Pierre Ortlieb

Tonight, the world-renowned pianist and conductor Pascal Rogé will perform creations by Claude Debussy and Francis Poulenc in the Morse Recital Hall, providing the Yale community with a snapshot into French musical history.

Rogé has been invited to Yale as part of the Horowitz Piano Series, a program of musical exploration organized by the Yale School of Music that aims to bring to New Haven the world’s greatest keyboard maestri. In the past, musical legends such as Leon Fleischer, Emmanuel Ax and Radu Lupu have played at Yale as part of this project.

Professor Melvin Chen, deputy dean of the Yale School of Music, said that Rogé, an expert in 20th-century French classical music, will bring a “new perspective” to the listeners, as the repertoire he will play may not be entirely familiar to some audience members. MORE

Published January 29, 2014
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POSTPONED: Violinist Sarita Kwok and pianist Wei-Yi Yang perform on Faculty Artist Series Feb. 3

Sarita KwokNOTE: This event has been postponed because of weather. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 2 at 8 pm.

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents a recital by violinist Sarita Kwok and pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Monday, February 3rd at 8 pm. Kwok and Yang will perform selections by Janáček, Stravinksy, Prokofiev, and Ravel. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

The concert will open with Janáček’s Sonata for violin and piano. Fittingly, in Frankfurt, Germany in 1923, Yale professor and composer Paul Hindemith was the first violinist ever to perform the piece. Next in the program will be Stravinsky’s neoclassical Duo Concertante.

The second half of the recital opens with Prokofiev’s Five Melodies for violin and piano, Op. 35b, composed for the Parisian chamber music society Triton. The evening concludes with Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano. Stylistically very different from the composer’s earlier efforts, the sonata shows influences of Satie and Stravinsky, as well as a dose of American jazz.

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Published January 29, 2014
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Erika L. Schafer ’01MM hosts 2014 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast

tito_allan_editedThe 2014 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, an annual celebration of trumpet playing and teaching in the southeastern United States, took place January 17–19. It was hosted by Erika L. Schafer ’01MM at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Featured artists were YSM faculty member Allan Dean as well as Tito Carrillo, Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the University of Illinois. Each performed in concert and presented a master class. MORE

Published January 28, 2014
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Then and Now: A Conversation with Pianist Susan Merdinger

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By Jerry Dubins

Susan Merdinger received her formal education at Yale University, the Yale School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Westchester Conservatory of Music, and the École Normale de Musique in Fontainebleau, France. Her teachers have included noted pianists Ward Davenny, Constance Keene, Claude Frank, Seymour Lipkin, Ozan Marsh, and Gaby Casadesus for piano, and she has had coaching and/or masterclasses with Peter Serkin, Philippe Entremont, Byron Janis, and Karl Ulrich Schnabel, among others. Susan is currently on the piano faculties of the Summit Music Festival in New York, the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, and the Fine Arts Music Society Festival in Indiana, and she is the Artistic Director and Founder of Sheridan Music Studio of Highland Park, Illinois. MORE

Published January 28, 2014
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Arthur Haas performs harpsichord music of Jean-Philippe Rameau

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The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents American harpsichordist Arthur Haas, a world-renowned performer and scholar of French Baroque music, in a concert of works by Jean-Philippe Rameau on Saturday, February 1st at 5 pm. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

A member of the YSM faculty, Arthur Haas is an authority on the music of Rameau; he recently recorded the composer’s complete harpsichord works for Plectra Records. He has also been praised by Le Monde for his interpretations of French keyboard music. This concert will feature selections from Rameau’s three books of keyboard pieces (written in 1706, 1724, and 1728), as well as the standalone piece La Dauphine  (1747). MORE

Published January 28, 2014
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David Lang speaks at Wadsworth Atheneum Jan. 30

lang_classroom8YSM faculty member David Lang will speak with Susan Talbott, Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, on Thursday, January 30. Lang will speak about his music and involvement in the films of filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino. The talk will be followed by a screening of The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza).

In the sumptuous La Grande Bellezza, Jep Gambardella seduces his way through the lavish and extravagant nightlife of Rome for decades. But after his 65th birthday, he looks past his decadent ways, to reflect upon the exquisite, yet absurd beauty of his experiences in the city of Rome. Sorrentino describes the blend of music in the film – including Lang’s work – as “best suited to the film because it’s an inevitable mix of the sacred and profane that is Rome.”

The event takes place 6:30–9 pm on January 30.

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Published January 28, 2014
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Yale Collection of Musical Instruments live streams Juilliard Baroque Sunday

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By Joe Amarante

NEW HAVEN >> Tickets to the Sunday afternoon concerts at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments museum on Hillhouse Avenue are a tough get. But there is a way to be a part of this series in celebration of the skilled instrument craft and musical artistry that continues Sunday at 3 p.m. with a Juilliard Baroque ensemble concert.

The concert will be held in the acoustically strong, second-floor gallery at the Collection on Hillhouse Avenue that only seats about 100 people. You can call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203-432-4158 to see if you can get a reservation, but the other way to experience the concert is by calling up the live stream of it online at music.yale.edu/livestream/collection.

“It’s fantastic. It’s so beautiful,” the Yale Collection’s Director William Purvis said of the concert space, which this week will include the Blanchet harpsichord from the 18th century. “The space is wonderful for the harpsichord.” MORE

Published January 28, 2014
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Morse code: New Haven Independent on Wendy Sharp

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By Lucy Gellman

A rustle of sheet music, whispering groan of bones readjusting, and then, suddenly, there it was: Wendy Sharp gave a furtive glance at the other musicians onstage, and as if the solution to a great, complex code, Morse Recital Hall was filled with Leó Weiner’s robust, Romantic tones.

Seamless, wordless communication had as much to do with the music as the notes did when Sharp, critically acclaimed violinist and Yale professor, performed works on a broad Hungarian theme by Leó Weiner, Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms Sunday evening with violist Marka Gustavvson, cellist Mimi Hwang and pianist Melvin Chen, a performance intimate enough to banish the plummeting temperatures outside. MORE

Published January 27, 2014
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