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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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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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