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Workshop discusses financial management for musicians and artists March 4

The office of career strategies will present another workshop on financial management for musicians and artists this Tuesday, March 4. The workshop, which takes place at 4:30 pm in Hendrie 205, is open to all YSM students and staff members. It is sponsored by the Yale Undergraduate Career Services Office.

The workshop will address the following questions:

  • Wondering how to earn money as a musician or artist once you leave Yale?
  • Wish you knew how to create a budget?
  • Need some tips on how to rein in your spending, avoid debt and start saving for your future? MORE
Published February 28, 2014
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Grunge Meets Classical: Gleb Kanasevich ’13 MM

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By Lucy Gellman

Gleb Kanasevich is a man of many talents. The extraordinary clarinet player of the local group Cantata Profana, he is also the master organizer of an exciting and ambitious new CD, Refractions Vol. 2. A collaborative venture that fuses referential strains of electronic, industrial, grind, grunge and more, the CD offers a glimpse into the lives of several Yale-trained musicians after Yale, and a pursuit that has reunited them.

Refractions Vol. 1 was more concert-art oriented.” Kanasevich explained in a recent interview about the new CD. “I think this one … I don’t want to call it crossover, but maybe more referential. And more modern because of the surplus of information, of art, of different styles of music that we have right now. It’s really fun to have pieces that are referential to things we hear.” MORE

Published February 28, 2014
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‘Water Songs’ will chart the Colorado River

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By Christopher Marsicz

NORTH ADAMS — Over the course of the Colorado River’s 1,450-mile journey from La Poudre Pass in the Rockies to the Gulf of California, gathering water from a basin encompassing seven states, it picks up many stories. It weaves through layers of geology and geography, becomes a crucial part of ecosystems and economies, and includes breathtaking natural and engineering wonders. Its flow affects the lives of millions.

And for a diverse group of filmmakers, composers, singers, and educators who are gathering at Mass MoCA this week, it is the guiding theme for a multimedia project to explore a visually stunning part of the world that is not only central to US economy, but surprisingly delicate and with an uncertain future.

“This is a sensory gateway into that region, portrayed in a rich and nuanced way,” said Murat Eyuboglu, the director and filmmaker who is driving the project. “We’re providing the tools for people to learn more, experience more, and become more engaged.”

The end result is planned for late next year, but Mass MoCA will host a “work in progress” screening of the project, called “Water Songs: Ha Tay G’Am” from name for the river in the native Havasupai language. The showing on Saturday will include footage from the film and music composed for it, performed by the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, who are familiar faces at Mass MoCA.

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Published February 27, 2014
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New Music New Haven concert Mar. 6 features Theofanidis, Laderman, Marshall

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The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8 pm. The concert features music by three faculty composers — Ezra Laderman, Ingram Marshall, and Christopher Theofanidis — alongside new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.

Pianist Sean Chen ’14AD, the Crystal Medal winner in the 2013 Cliburn Competition, will play Birichino, commissioned for the Cliburn from YSM faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis.

Two other featured performers are YSM faculty: Benjamin Verdery will play Ingram Marshall’s Soe-Pa for amplified classical guitar with digital delays and electronics. Ezra Ladermans’s June 29th for solo flute, performed by Ransom Wilson, will close the concert. MORE

Published February 27, 2014
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Sean Chen: American Pianists Association Winner

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Special Series: American Pianists Association
Classical Fellowship Awards Winner: Sean Chen

Chen won the year-long competition where five talented young musicians vied for a prize valued at more than $100,000, one of the most lucrative awards available to an American pianist. The finals took place from April 15-April 20 last year in Indianapolis, home of the APA.

The finalists, Sean Chen, Sara Daneshpour, Claire Huangci, Andrew Staupe and Eric Zuber, participated in a plethora of public, adjudicated concerts: solo recitals; chamber music with the Linden String Quartet; APA-commissioned premieres of new music by five prominent women composers (Lisa Bielawa, Margaret Brouwer, Gabriela Lena Frank, Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider); a song recital with soprano Jessica Rivera; and concerto performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz . On April 20, Chen was named the APA’s 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow.

During the two-year fellowship, Chen will perform recitals and concertos with orchestras around the United States, and make a solo recording for the Steinway label, distributed by ArkivMusic. Chen, who grew up in Oak Park, Calif., is a Juilliard graduate currently pursuing his Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music.

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Published February 26, 2014
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Vista concert March 4 features music from the Baroque to the 20th century

Morse-stage-spragueThe Yale School of Music presents the year’s second Vista concert on Tuesday, March 4 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert, directed by faculty violinist Wendy Sharp, will feature student performances enhanced by  commentary on the music.

The program includes pieces by Johann Friedrich Fasch, Jean Francaix, Pavel Haas, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will stream live online. LIVE STREAM   MORE

Published February 26, 2014
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Yale School of Music, School of Drama present a fresh take on Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale”

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The Yale in New York concert series, under the artistic direction of David Shifrin, presents a new collaboration between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama: a fully-staged original production and new translation of Igor Stravinsky’s darkly comic The Soldier’s Tale. Performances will take place Tuesday, April 1 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall on the Yale campus (details), and Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

This production marks one of the largest collaborations between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama. It brings together School of Music faculty and student musicians with the School of Drama faculty, student, and alumni designers, actors, and technicians.

Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) was written in response to the events of World War I, and premiered in 1918. Marking one hundred years since the outbreak of the war, the Schools of Music and Drama bring a fresh perspective to the work with a lively new translation by Liz Diamond, OBIE Award winning Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Directing Department at Yale School of Drama. Diamond will also stage the production. MORE

Published February 26, 2014
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Something Unique

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By Anthony Stoeckert

The word “unique” is tossed around so liberally that its true meaning gets lost. But the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth truly is unique, in a unique sort of way.

The group was founded five years ago by Brad Wells, and performs music written specifically for its members. In fact, the groups says the pieces it performs cannot be sung by any other group.

“They are written specifically for our voices,” says Roomful of Teeth member, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. Of her own piece, she says, “it’s specifically for this group, so it couldn’t be done, not only by any other instrumental ensemble, but by any other vocal ensemble that exists in the world.” MORE

Published February 26, 2014
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The N.C. Symphony opens an adverturous season in September

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By Todd Morman

When I asked the new general manager and the artistic administrator of the North Carolina Symphony what they might do to reach a younger generation of music fans, they replied, at first, with an awkward pause. Flyers at rock clubs like Kings, maybe? Publicizing $10 student tickets more? Commercials on college radio stations? Anything?

In truth, Amy Russell and Martin Sher have already done the hard work to attract new music fans to the symphony, as the newly announced lineup of the next season greatly expands the mission and repertoire of the local outfit. Now they just need to sell it. They’re still working on that part.

The symphony’s own press release buries the real news, so you have to dig past the announcement of chestnuts like Handel’s Messiah and a Rachmaninoff piano concerto to get to the excitement that the next season, which begins in September, brings: They’ll play two new commissions by Judd Greenstein ’04 MM and Sarah Kirkland Snider ’05 MM, the co-directors of indie classical powerhouse New Amsterdam Records. They created the label in 2008 to give young composers and musicians grounded in other genres a place to release their first records. Time Out NY called the label “the focal point of the post-classical scene.” MORE

Published February 26, 2014
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Yale Schools of Drama and Music Will Bring “The Soldier’s Tale” to Carnegie Hall April 6

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By Carey Purcell

The Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama will present the dark comedy The Soldier’s Tale, starring Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, at Carnegie Hall April 6 at 7:30 PM.

The production, which marks the conclusion of the 2013-14 season of “Yale in New York,” features music by Igor Stravinsky and text by C.F. Ramuz, with a new English translation and stage direction by Liz Diamond.

The concert, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, will feature Cerveris (Assassins, Fun Home), an alumnus of Yale College, as The Reader. The cast includes Yale Drama students Tom Pecinka as The Soldier, James Cusati-Moyer as The Devil and Mariko Parker as The Princess. MORE

Published February 26, 2014
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