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Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in Gershwin, Barber, and more Nov. 7

Peter Oundjian

Peter Oundjian

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with guest conductor Peter Oundjian in concert Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The program features music from the first half of the twentieth century by Gershwin, Barber, Elgar, and Hindemith.

The concert opens with Gershwin‘s An American in Paris. Originally composed in 1928, the piece would later inspire the 1951 musical film of the same title starring Gene Kelly. Gershwin’s audience favorite is followed by the Symphonic Metamorphosis (based on themes by Carl Maria von Weber) by Paul Hindemith, a German composer who spent several years in the U.S. and was a member of the Yale School of Music faculty. MORE

Published October 31, 2014
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Mezzo-soprano Janna Baty and guests perform Poulenc, Granados, and more Nov. 11

Janna BatyThe Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents a recital by mezzo-soprano Janna Baty on Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 pm. Baty, joined by pianist Daniel Hobbs and violinist Jacob Joyce, will perform music by Gioachino Rossini, Francis Poulenc, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Claude Debussy, and Enrique Granados.

The program opens with selections from Rossini’s lyric drama Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc), followed by Poulenc’s Quatre Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire, four songs written in 1931 to texts by Poulenc’s compatriot Apollinaire. MORE

Published October 30, 2014
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First directorial effort from YSM faculty member Janna Baty wins award

A rehearsal with Opera Theatre of Yale College

A rehearsal with Opera Theatre of Yale College

The Opera Theatre of Yale College (OTYC) has been named the second-place winner in the 2014 American Prize in Opera Performance, university division.

Their winning production of Le Nozze di Figaro was directed by YSM faculty member Janna Baty, the faculty adviser for OTYC. MORE

Published October 29, 2014
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Faculty violinist Wendy Sharp performs music from Telemann to today Nov. 9

sharpThe Yale School of Music presents a recital by violinist Wendy Sharp on Sunday, November 9 at 4 pm. The event is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in concerts that are free and open to the public. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp, the winner of numerous competitions, is the coordinator of chamber music at YSM. Sharp will play with pianist Joel Wizansky, who has been praised by the Washington Post for his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” MORE

Published October 29, 2014
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Hollywood film composer Thomas Newman releases collaborative album with Rick Cox

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Thomas Newman, composer

Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM and Rick Cox released the album 35 Whirlpools Below Sound on Cold Blue Music in October. This jointly composed and performed collection of 19 electro-acoustic works has been slowly developing over time. Newman, a 12-time Oscar nominee and six-time Grammy winner, and noted new-music composer/performer Rick Cox have been collaborating for 25 years.

The music has been called both enigmatic and eclectic, exploring a somewhat improvisational world through its series of sometimes interlinked, sometimes contrasting pieces built of often mysterious and fantastical juxtapositions of sounds.

Newman is a highly regarded film-music composer (WALL-E, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty) who has also written non-film-related works for such ensembles as the Kronos Quartet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While at Yale, Newman studied with Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie, and Robert Moore. MORE

Published October 28, 2014
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Whitney Humanities Center to host new Music Talks program

Yue Chu

Yue Chu

Music Talks at the Whitney, a new program sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center (WHC), will feature noted artists from the Yale School of Music in concert and conversation. A distinguished member of the Yale College faculty will introduce each concert.

The inaugural talk for the series will celebrate the music of Franz Schubert and will feature Yue Chu performing Piano Sonata in A Major. It will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in the WHC auditorium. Leon Plantinga, the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor Emeritus of Music, will deliver introductory remarks. Following the concert, there will be a question-and-answer session with Chu and Plantinga. MORE

Published October 28, 2014
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Cellist Jaques Lee Wood to give DMA recital November 6

Jaques Lee Wood, cello

Jaques Lee Wood, cello

The presents a recital by cellist Jacques Lee Wood on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Mr. Wood’s recital is the culmination of his studies toward the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree. Esther Park will accompany on piano. LIVESTREAM

The program will begin with Beethoven‘s Seven Variations on “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Next will be a 2010 composition by contemporary American composer  Jacob Cooper ’14DMA entitled Arches. Cooper has been lauded by The New Yorker as “a maverick electronic song composer.” The first half of the concert will end with Bach‘s Sonata in G major, BWV 1027. MORE

Published October 27, 2014
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Panel on “The Musical Impulse” helps open new Yale Center Beijing

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Maestro Yu Long

Yale University will inaugurate the Yale Center Beijing with a major conference on October 27 and 28, 2014. The conference features conversations on important societal issues in China, the United States, and the world.

The center will be a venue for ongoing conversations on these and other critical topics, and the School of Music is planning activities for the spring of 2015.

For the opening conference, the School of Music has convened a panel on “The Musical Impulse: Unlocking Creativity for the Individual, the Culture, and the Economy.” The discussion will be moderated by Robert Blocker, Dean of the School. The panelists are:

Madame Gao Jianjin, President of the Institute of Music Education at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China); MORE

Published October 24, 2014
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Arthur Bloom: How the healing power of music helps wounded warriors

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Musicorps musicians perform

CNN | By Marissa Calhoun

Bethesda, Maryland (CNN) — When Capt. Greg Galeazzi joined the Army seven years ago, he was well aware of the risks he would face. “Of course you accept that injuries or death is a possibility,” Galeazzi said. “This is what happens to soldiers who fight wars.”

In 2011, that possibility became Galeazzi’s reality. While leading his platoon on a routine morning patrol, an improvised explosive device detonated beneath him. “It felt like I got hit by a wrecking ball,” he said.

Though Galeazzi survived the blast, life as he knew it did not. Suddenly, he was a double, above the knee amputee and had a severely wounded right arm. MORE

Published October 23, 2014
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Angélique Kidjo to perform benefit concert at Yale Dec. 6

KidjoThe Yale School of Music, in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, will present Afro-pop star ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO in a special benefit concert on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, hailed by National Public Radio as “Africa’s greatest living diva,” will perform with ensembles including Shades, the Yale Percussion Group, and members of the Yale Concert Band.

Ms. Kidjo, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002, is a passionate advocate for girls’ education and humanitarian causes. “Being Africa’s premier diva is not a crown that Kidjo wears lightly,” notes Time Magazine. “As an African, she says, she comes from a place with problems. But as a musician, she argues, she can solve them.”

Proceeds from this collaborative concert will benefit the Yale Africa Initiative Student Scholarships. The concert takes place at 3:00 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).  MORE

Published October 22, 2014
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