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Alumna Sarah Kirkland Snider wins DSO Female Composers’ Award

sarah-kirkland-sniderSarah Kirkland Snider ’05 MM, ’06 AD has been awarded the seventh annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Snider, who was chosen from applicants worldwide, will compose a new work that will be given its premiere in the 2015–16 season. In addition to concerts presenting her work, Snider will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in northern Wyoming.

“I am elated and immensely honored to receive the DSO’s Elaine Lebenbom Commission,” said Snider. “The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras, with an incredible legacy of artistic excellence. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to create a new work for these extraordinary musicians.”

Snider was chosen by a jury comprised of composer Evan Chambers and three DSO musicians: Johanna Yarbrough, horn; Joe Becker, principal percussion; and Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon. MORE

Published March 31, 2014
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Charles Richard-Hamelin ’13 MM wins third prize in Seoul International Music Competition

CharlesRichardHamelinOn March 30, 2014, alumnus Charles Richard-Hamelin ’13MM was awarded the third prize in the 10th Seoul International Music Competition. He also received the special prize for the Best Performance of a Beethoven Sonata.

In the final round, Richard-Hamelin played Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 with the Korean Symphony Orchestra and conductor Yun-Sung Chang. The competition is held annually for piano, violin, and voice, in rotation. MORE

Published March 31, 2014
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Brentanos Bid Adieu to Princeton

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By Greg Cahill

The Brentano String Quartet present their final concert as the Edward T. Cone performers-in-residence at Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey, on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 pm, at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The program will feature two works by Mozart as well as the Princeton premiere of Filipe Lara’s “Archi Elastici” for string quintet featuring violist Hsin-Yun Huang. The concert is free, though reservations are required.

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world. In 1999, they became the first resident string quartet at Princeton University. The quartet’s duties at the University are wide-ranging, including performances at least once a semester, as well as workshops with graduate composers, coaching undergraduates in chamber music, and assisting in other classes at the music department.

The Brentano will join the faculty of Yale School of Music as quartet-in-residence in this fall.

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Published March 28, 2014
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Yale School of Music, Yale School of Drama present Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’

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By Joe Amarante

NEW HAVEN » Igor Stravinsky’s darkly comic “The Soldier’s Tale” is a real standard, says David Shifrin, artistic director of Yale in New York concert series. But a new version, to be performed Tuesday at Yale’s Morse Recital Hall and April 6 at Carnegie Hall, promises to be something pretty special.

“It’s very rarely done in the way that reflects its original traveling, theatrical, musical troupe beginnings,” Shifrin said in a phone chat Tuesday from a Vancouver, B.C., hotel room where he was on a Lincoln Center tour. “I’ve played this so many times in my career, but never in a production with this kind of depth.” MORE

Published March 28, 2014
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Author & Opera Star Viven Shotwell to Visit Fairfield Library

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By Mike Lauterborn

Author and opera singer Vivien Shotwell will discuss her newly released debut novel, Vienna Nocturne, on Thursday, April 10 at noon, at Fairfield’s Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Featured in the New York Times Book Review Shortlist (March 23), reviewer Abigail Meisel said, “occasionally borders on the outrageous, but it’s a lusciously frothy confection . . .” Shotwell’s talk will be followed by a luncheon in the Rotary Room, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library…  MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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Career Strategies offers two workshops in April

Astrid Baumgardner, the coordinator of Career Strategies at YSM, recently announced two new workshops to take place this April. The first, to be held April 14, will bring back Steve Blum to discuss the basics of investing with students. In the second, scheduled for April 30, Elaine Carroll of the New Haven Symphony will introduce participants to the skills needed for grant writing and fundraising.  MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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Ironwood offers a new look at Brahms April 9

Ironwood-photos-Nov-2012-12On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the ensemble Ironwood performing “A Different Sort of Brahms.” The concert begins at 5:30 pm at the Collection.

The recital program, acclaimed around the world, questions today’s assumptions about Romantic performance practice. Here, Ironwood presents the music as it would have been performed in the Romantic style of the 19th century.

A Different Sort of Brahms” is the result of the best-selling book Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (Oxford University Press, 2012). The research involved listening to early recordings of pianists who knew Brahms and analyzing primary source documents about 19th-century performance styles. The program has received acclaim from New York to Australia, including at the 2012 American Brahms Society conference, and has been broadcast internationally. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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School of Music students form new orchestra

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By Dana Schneider

Students from the Yale School of Music have formed a new chamber orchestra.

The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, which consists of approximately 25 members, will make its debut this Friday at St. Mary’s Church. Louis Lohraseb MUS ’16, who pioneered the group, said he first though about founding the orchestra after noticing that orchestral chamber works — particularly pieces from the classical and baroque period — were severely underperformed at Yale.

He said he created the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra to perform these works and to offer Yale students more performance opportunities. Though other chamber groups on campus, such as the Cantata Profana have been playing smaller eclectic works, the new group will provide an opportunity for Yale musicians to perform small orchestral chamber works from this underrepresented period, he explained. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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Aaron Jay Kernis receives A.I. duPont Composer’s Award

Aaron Jay KernisFaculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis has recently received the 2014 A.I. duPont Composer’s Award from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He has also been selected for induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

The duPont Composer’s Award from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra recognizes a living American composer or conductor who has contributed significantly to contemporary classical music. Kernis, a Philadelphia native and 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner, will accept the prize at the DSO’s final chamber concert on April 1. The program will feature music by Kernis’s Musica Celestis alongside selections by Webern and Mendelssohn.

Kernis’ induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, succeeds his induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The American Classical Music Hall of Fame, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, seeks to build and sustain enthusiasm for classical music in contemporary America by celebrating diverse facts of classical music excellence. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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New York Philharmonic hornist returns to NHSO for Hunstmen

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By Joe Amarante

Former New Haven Symphony Orchestra hornist Leelanee Sterrett, who went on to win a spot at the New York Philharmonic as assistant principal and utility horn last year, returns to NHSO for two concerts celebrating the summit of German romanticism Thursday and Sunday […] 

A Michigan native, Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic family and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. She is also an alumna of The Academy, Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates. MORE

Published March 25, 2014
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