[ students + alumni ]

Department of Jazz performs in Germany

department-of-jazzDepartment of Jazz, a New Haven-based group of YSM students and alumni, is undertaking a two-week residency in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. As part of the residency, which is connected to Neue Eutiner Festspiele, the ensemble will perform in the historic medieval castle at Schloss Eutin.

Department of Jazz describes itself as a group of curious musical artists that believe in uniting disparate genres and audiences through a fusion of thoughtful, innovative arrangements and breathtaking, spontaneous virtuosity. The quartet’s members are Jonny Allen ’13MM, ’14AD, drums; Molly Netter ’14MM, voice; Doug Perry ’14AD, percussion; and Sam Suggs ’14MM, bass. MORE

Published August 29, 2014
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[ events ]

Lecture: The Art Song Compositions of Huang Tzu, Sep. 11

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The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library and the Yale School of Music are honored to welcome Professor Lin Zai Hong, Head of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Professor Qian Ren Ping, Professor of Music Theory, along with their colleagues, to the Yale campus September 10–12, 2014.

The highlight of the visit will be a lecture presented by Professor Qian on “The Art Song Compositions of Huang Tzu” and will include performances of some of his art songs. A reception in the SML Memorabilia Room will follow. The lecture takes place Thursday, September 11 at 10 am in the Sterling Memorial Library’s lecture hall. MORE

Published August 29, 2014
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Ravi Coltrane Quartet opens the concert season September 12

Ravi Coltrane extendedNOTE: This post was updated 8/28/2014 to reflect changes in personnel.

The Yale School of Music presents the post-bop saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and his quartet on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

This concert features a stellar lineup featuring Adam Rogers, guitar; Matt Brewer, bass; and Nate Smith, drums.

The son of the legendary John Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane has been praised for his “style informed by tradition but not encumbered by it” (Philadelphia City Paper). NPR notes that Coltrane takes a “sleek and modern approach, loosely suggesting his father’s adventurous spirit but not his signature sound.” MORE

Published August 28, 2014
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Composer Marco Beltrami Provides His Musical Gifts For “The Giver”

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“This film was unique in that I wrote the main theme to the movie before they had shot it.”

Examiner.comBy Danny Gonzalez

What can I say about composer Marco Beltrami? Academy Award nominee for his brilliant work on both “The Hurt Locker”, which won Best Picture in 2010, and the terrific remake of “3:10 To Yuma” starring Oscar Winners Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. He redefined the horror genre with his classic horror music for “Scream”, “The Woman In Black”, “The Faculty”, “Dracula 2000”, “The Thing” and “Mimic”[…]

Truthfully, I don’t think that there isn’t a genre of film that Marco isn’t capable of tackling and whose music would no doubt make that particular film that much better. What makes him so special is that his music just gets better and better with time and that is why directors such as Tommy Lee Jones, Alex Proyas, James Mangold, Len Wiseman and of course, Wes Craven will always call upon him to be their go to musical voice of both movie logic and reason. Every musical note counting for something special for each scene his baton is raised in the air conducting on the scoring stage. MORE

Published August 26, 2014
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Tami Kerr ’00 CERT writes children’s book about music

davy-crotchetAuthor Tami Kerr ’00 CERT and illustrator Tanja Kerr come from a musically-inclined family. Their father was the only family member with no musical background. As he became more familiar with musical terms, he remembered the word crotchet (as a quarter note is known in England) due to its similarity with American folk hero Davy Crockett. This led him to imagine The Adventures of Davy Crotchet, which his daughters made into a vibrantly illustrated and educational children’s picture book. The book is full of information on instruments, musicians, and the art of music itself.

A review from Blue Note states: “Expertly combining education and entertainment, with neither outdoing the other, The Adventures of Davy Crotchet is highly recommended.” MORE

Published August 25, 2014
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[ in the press ]

Violins, voices and African rhythms mark Yale in New York season

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Brentano String Quartet

By Joe Amarante, New Haven Register

The recently announced eighth year of Yale in New York at Carnegie Hall will bring a world of variety: composer John Adams conducting the Yale Philharmonia and Brentano QuartetYale Opera performing music from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; and the Yale Percussion Group unveiling rhythms it collected this spring on a trip to Ghana alongside Mauricio Kagel’s instrumental-theatrical work “Dressur.”

And the great thing for Greater New Haven locals is you can catch the programs in the Elm City days before the New York show. MORE

Published August 20, 2014
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Inside the Music Factory: Visiting With Fellows at the Norfolk Festival

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By Wiley Wood

The campus of the Yale Summer School of Music in Norfolk is almost deserted on a sunny day in July, but fragments of music float in the air from all sides. A brass ensemble is rehearsing in a stone structure near Mountain Road. A pianist is banging out a passage in the studio next to Spaulding Brook. And up on the hillside, near the site of the old greenhouse, a low brick building is leaking music out of every corner. This is where the Amici Quartet is rehearsing.

Director Paul Hawkshaw explains that some groups come to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival pre-formed. The members of the East Rock Brass Quintet, for instance, attend the Yale School of Music and perform together during the year. The string players of the Amici, however, had never met before the previous week. They will play together throughout the six weeks of the festival, sometimes accepting an extra player for a particular piece or going on loan to another group. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Akropolis Reed Quintet wins Fischoff’s 2015 Educator Award

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The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association announced in July that Akropolis Reed Quintet, whose oboist is Timothy Gocklin ’14MM, ’15AD, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in both chamber music performance and outreach education.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Akropolis will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region during the spring of 2015 as part of Fischoff’s award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Marianna Prjevalskaya wins New Orleans International Piano Competition

prjevalskaya-webMarianna Prjevalskaya ’07MM, ’10AD won the gold medal in the 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition. In addition to a $15,000 cash award, the prize includes opportunities including a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall and performance bookings with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prjevalskaya was the first woman to win the competition since 2005, when Tanya Bannister ’01CERT took the gold. The jurors awarded Prjevalskaya the medal based on her work in three live performances during the weeklong competition, which took place in New Orleans. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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[ in the press ]

Cellist Thomas Mansbacher ’74 MM to retire from Cleveland Orchestra

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By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Thomas Mansbacher (’74 MM) has a lot on his mind. A crossword puzzle addict, the cellist has a brain literally chock-full of trivia.

But that’s far from all his head retains. Scattered between all the minutiae that enable him to complete even complex puzzles in moments lie some powerful, crystal-clear memories.

What’s more, on the eve of his retirement at the end of the summer from the Cleveland Orchestra after 37 years, the cellist is only poised to soak up more, to increase his storage capacity and load it with new data and experiences. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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