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Awakening the Grand: YSM alumni direct Youth Music Monterey County

The Salinas Californian
khudyevklyushnikBy Jan Austin

A gentle, soft-spoken man, Farkhad Khudyev began studying violin, piano and composition as a six-year-old boy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. He now serves as artistic and music director for Youth Music Monterey County (YMMC).

YMMC supports a Junior Youth and an Honors Orchestra. The Junior Youth Orchestra (Young Intermediate Level Repertoire) has students from age 7 and up. The Honors Orchestra (Young Advanced Level Repertoire) plays full symphonic scores and is open to students up to the age of 20. MORE

Published February 12, 2014
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Guitarist/composer Van Stiefel performs with Sergio Sorrentino Feb. 22

Van Stiefel

Van Stiefel

Guitarist and composer Van Stiefel ’88 BA, ’90 MM will perform on Saturday, February 22 as part of the Yale Guitar Extravaganza. Stiefel will perform with Italian guitarist Sergio Sorrentino.

The concert features the world premiere of Stiefel’s Splitting (2014) for electric guitar and video projection, performed by Sorrentino.

Also on the program are Stiefel’s Smoke and Mirrors for electric guitar and violin, and Cinema Castaneda for classical guitar quartet.  MORE

Published February 12, 2014
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Artist Profile: Ian David Rosenbaum, Brooklyn-Based New Music Percussionist

rosenbaumHuffington Post Arts & Culture
By Joel Garten

Ian David Rosenbaum works extensively with new music, specializing in chamber music. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, as well as a number of other music ensembles including Sandbox Percussion, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Novus NY, Le Train Bleu and Time Travelers.

As a percussionist, Rosenbaum plays the whole gamut of percussion instruments, from marimba to timpani to temple bowls to beer bottles. This multitude of expressive outlets keeps him having fun with his performances, which acts as a balance to his very serious and intelligent engagement with music. He is very active with the music of living composers, regularly performing and commissioning new works. Rosenbaum has also performed numerous innovative percussion works which have taken music for percussion to new places. MORE

Published February 12, 2014
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