[ in the press ]

WQXR’s Meet the Composer: Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully

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Caroline Shaw began her love affair with music at the age of two, when her mom started teaching her violin. Throughout her childhood, Caroline had a lesson every Wednesday afternoon, and sang and played in school and at music camps, falling for chamber music by Mozart and Clara Schumann. Caroline always made things; when she was bowled over by a Brahms sonata, she’d try and figure out how to construct her own sonatas. As a young adult, she continued on a rigorous, violin-centric path, earning both undergrad and masters degrees in violin performance from Rice University and the the Yale School of Music.

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Published September 30, 2014
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[ alumni ]

In memoriam: composer Francisco F. Feliciano

Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano

Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano ’79 MMA, ’84 DMA

Seventy-three-year-old Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano 79’MMA, 84’DMA passed away after a long battle with cancer on Friday, September 19. He is considered one of the Philippines’ most important composers and was one of Asia’s leading composers in liturgical music.

Dr. Feliciano was given membership to the Order of National Artists for Music in June earlier this year in The Philippines. Dr. Feliciano was commissioned to write the opera “Amy,” a historical war account set in Leyte province, at the time he received the award. The Order is the highest state honor conferred on individuals deemed to have done much for their artistic field. MORE

Published September 30, 2014
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Carol Jantsch, tuba, performs music from Debussy to David Lang October 13

Carol JantschThe Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents tuba virtuoso Carol Jantsch in recital on Monday, October 13 at 7:30 pm. Jantsch has been praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “sound as clear and sure as it is luxurious.”

This marks the beginning of Carol Jantsch’s second year teaching at Yale. Currently the principal tubist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ms. Jantsch won this position while she was still working on her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan—making her the first female tubist in a major orchestra.

Ms. Jantsch’s program will include Press Release by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang (another member of the YSM faculty). MORE

Published September 30, 2014
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New Music New Haven features guest composer Paul Dresher Oct. 2

Paul DresherThe first New Music New Haven concert of the 2014–2015 season will take place on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 pm, featuring guest composer Paul Dresher with a performance of his piece Glimpsed from Afar.

Glimpsed from Afar is written for an instrument that Dresher invented: the Quadrachord. The instrument has a total string length of over thirteen feet, four strings of differing gauges but of equal length and an electric-bass pickup next to each of the two bridges. A truly unique creation, it can be bowed, plucked, prepared or hammered and emits a curious world of sounds. Dresher and Joel Davel will perform Glimpsed from Afar on this concert.

Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Dresher has “an omnivorous sensibility that combines rock’n’roll, minimalism, Indian music and ambient sounds into a pungent and wonderfully elusive hybrid.” MORE

Published September 30, 2014
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[ music in schools ]

Applications open for 2014-15 All-City Honors Ensembles

The Music in Schools Initiative is pleased to invite applications for the 2014–2015 All-City Honors Ensembles. The All-City Honors Band, Chorus, and Orchestra are open for application to New Haven Public School students in 5th–12th grades. These groups meet weekly during the school year, and are taught by a combination of NHPS music teachers, Yale Teaching Artists, and special guests.

Applications are now open. All students must apply online by Sunday, October 12 using the appropriate form linked below.

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Published September 25, 2014
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Alumnus Benjamin Gordon to write new children’s opera for Staatsoper Hamburg

Gordon_BenjaminBenjamin Gordon ’00MM has been commissioned to write a new opera for children for the Staatsoper Hamburg, Germany. “The Sindbadventurers,” based on an original story by Francis Hüsers, will be directed by Nicola Panzer. The premiere will take place February 8, 2015, with Gordon leading the performances.

Benjamin Gordon studied conducting with Lawrence Leighton Smith. After completing his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, he began his conducting career in Germany. He has worked with publishers Boosey & Hawkes and Music Sales on revised versions of stage works in their catalogs. MORE

Published September 23, 2014
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Brentano String Quartet begins Yale residency with Sep. 23 concert

brentano_vThe Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Schubert, Bartók, and Mozart.

The concert opens with Mozart‘s String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, nicknamed “The Hunt” for the propulsion and harmony of the first movement. Bartók‘s fascinating String Quartet No. 3 follows, with what one writer has called a “kaleidoscope of coloristic effects.”

Schubert‘s String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden,” a perennial audience favorite, concludes the evening. Schubert, suffering through illness, wrote his “Death and the Maiden” quartet with the full knowledge that he would soon die. MORE

Published September 19, 2014
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Alumnus Enrico Sartori wins Principal Flute position with Opéra de Lyon

sartori_enricoEnrico Sartori ’05MM has won the position of Principal Flute in the Opéra de Lyon.

Italian flutist Enrico Sartori maintains an intense concert schedule as a soloist in Europe and the U.S. At the beginning of the 2009 season, Mr. Sartori made his Carnegie Hall debut as a winner of the Artist International Competition. His performance at Weill Recital Hall received an unanimous standing ovation. MORE

Published September 17, 2014
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Ivo Josipovic, President of Croatia, to lecture on music and politics Sep. 22

PRH_foto-smIvo Josipović, the president of Croatia, will give a talk titled “Music and Politics” on Monday, September 22. The talk, which begins at 12:30 pm, will be held in Sudler Hall (in W.L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street). The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Josipović studied both music and law; he holds a degree in composition from the Zagreb Academy of Music, and has taught harmony at the academy in addition to teaching law at the University of Zagreb.  For several years, he was the director of Music Biennale Zagreb, one of the largest contemporary music festivals, and served as Secretary-General of the Croatian Composers’ Society.

He has composed some 50 compositions for various ensembles (symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, soloists) that are performed by eminent artists, and his music has been published and recorded. Josipović is the recipient of a number of Croatian and international artistic prizes and awards, among them the Grand Prix of the European Broadcasting Union and two Porin Croatian Record Awards.

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Published September 16, 2014
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[ in the press ]

Stuart Malina ’87 MM: Midstate orchestras face financial challenges

malina_stuartThe Sentinel By David N. Dunkle

Maestro Stuart Malina, who is about to enter his 15th season as music director of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, has no doubts about the quality of the professional orchestra he leads. The dozens of professional musicians who gather at The Forum each season for Masterworks and Pops concerts are masters of their craft.

“I’m a big fan,” Malina said, laughing. “Seriously, I think the orchestra consistently outperforms my extremely high expectations. The artistic product is just astonishing.” MORE

Published September 15, 2014
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