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Melvin Chen plays Prokofiev and Brahms Dec. 10

Melvin Chen, Deputy Dean and piano facultyThe Yale School of Music presents the pianist Melvin Chen in recital on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 pm.  Hailed by the New York Times as “a pianist whose playing is powerful and driven,” Chen will perform music by Sergei Prokofiev and Johannes Brahms.

The program opens with Prokofiev‘s Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75. The composer made this piano arrangement in 1937 and gave the premiere himself.

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Published November 26, 2014
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L.A. Times: Classical quintet, female inmates in mutual awe at L.A. County Jail

Los Angeles Times | By Steve Lopez

The first ovation did not take long. The moment the musicians entered the room Friday morning, the audience erupted.

The spectators were seated in five long rows, roughly 85 women altogether, all of them wearing the same outfit. Dark blue pants, white sneakers and light blue tops with black stenciling on the back.

“L.A. County Jail.”

Because they can’t attend a concert at Disney Hall, L.A. Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta [’07MM] told the inmates, it was his privilege to bring the music to them. His quartet began with the first movement of Haydn’s “Sunrise,” and the reaction was immediate. MORE

Published November 25, 2014
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Symposium on Music in Schools to reward partnerships June 2015

The Music in Schools Initiative is proud to announce the 2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools and Yale Distinguished Music Educators Awards. This year’s Symposium will be held June 4–7, 2015 at Yale University.

This year, the focus of these two activities is on partnership programs between public school music programs and professional music organizations. With support from an endowment established by the Yale College Class of 1957, the 2015 Symposium will honor thirty-five music education partnership programs from throughout the United States for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.

Over the course of four days, two representatives from each partnership will participate in a variety of discussions and workshops, culminating with the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards at the closing banquet.  MORE

Published November 25, 2014
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Yalies win in Metropolitan Opera Eastern Region District Auditions

Claudia Rosenthal

Claudia Rosenthal

Three Yale alumni have won accolades in the Metropolitan Opera Eastern Region District Auditions.

David Leigh ’10BA, ’14MM, bass, and Claudia Rosenthal ’08BA, ’14MM, soprano were among the eleven winners who will compete in the District Finals. Tenor Nikhil Navkal ’14MM won an Encouragement Award.

All are graduates of the Yale Opera program, directed by Doris Yarick Cross, at the Yale School of Music.

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Published November 21, 2014
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Yale in New York presents Songs from the Koch Collection Dec. 4, 7

newyork-carnegie_thThe Yale School of Music continues its acclaimed Yale in New York series when singers of Yale Opera bring manuscripts to life in two upcoming concerts: Thursday, December 4 in New Haven and Sunday, December 7 in New York City.

The young singers will perform treasures from the Frederick R. Koch Collection housed at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The program will show off the collection’s vocal holdings with art songs by Debussy, Duparc, Mahler, Schumann, Sibelius, and Wolf.

Frederick R. Koch — dubbed the “other” Koch brother by Vanity Fair — is a lifelong supporter of the arts and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. The Koch Collection at the Beinecke contains 19th and 20th-century musical and literary manuscripts, correspondence, and other materials. Richard C. Levin, past president of Yale University, described it as “one of the greatest collections to come to Yale since the year of its founding.” MORE

Published November 21, 2014
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Three Yale divas on bill with New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Nicole Percifield, soprano

New Haven Register | By Joe Amarante

NEW HAVEN » Soprano trifecta. That could refer to three talented sopranos performing the week before Thanksgiving with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Or to Nicole Percifield’s fall plans.

Percifield, Canadian-raised and Northeast-educated in Boston and New York, has three major singing gigs this autumn — Nov. 21 in the title role of “Suor Angelica” with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, her Carnegie Hall debut Dec. 7 with the Yale in New York series and teaming with the NHSO again just before Christmas as soprano soloist for three performances of “The Messiah.” MORE

Published November 20, 2014
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Vista concert presents chamber music by Brahms, Prokofiev, and more Dec. 7

A student chamber ensemble in Morse Recital Hall

A student chamber ensemble in Morse Recital Hall

The Yale School of Music presents a Vista concert on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4 pm. The Vista series features outstanding student performances enhanced by personal commentary on the music.

The December 7 program opens with Prokofiev‘s Quintet in G minor, Op. 39, written in 1924 for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass. Next is Brahms‘ fiery Trio in C minor, Op. 101, for violin, cello, and piano.

The second half opens with Two Night Movements for violin and guitar by the Australian composer Phillip Houghton. The concert concludes with Richard Strauss‘ youthful Quartet in C minor for piano and strings, Op. 13, written when the composer was only a teenager. MORE

Published November 19, 2014
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NHSO and Yale Opera to perform Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Theofanidis premiere Nov. 20 & 21

Christopher Theofanidis

Christopher Theofanidis

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) is collaborating for the first time with Yale Opera to present a fully staged performance of Puccini’s opera Suor Angelica on Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21 at 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Church. Called Puccini, Virtue, and Redemption, program also will include the New England premiere of Virtue by YSM faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis.

The performances of Virtue feature guest soprano soloist Tony Arnold, narrator Chris Dickerson, and the Elm City Girls’ Choir. NHSO music director William Boughton says, “What defines a person’s life as virtuous or sinful? Who deserves forgiveness? These are the themes that we will explore through music in this dramatic program.”

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Published November 18, 2014
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Grammy Award-winning Mingus Big Band plays at Yale Dec. 5

mingus-webThe Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Grammy Award-winning Mingus Big Band on Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm. The Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of the composer and bassist Charles Mingus (1922–1979).

Under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, the 14-piece band tours extensively in the United States and abroad. The ensemble has ten recordings to its credit, six of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. The 2010 album Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. MORE

Published November 18, 2014
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New Music New Haven features three faculty composers Nov. 20

Christopher Theofanidis

Christopher Theofanidis

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature three duets by faculty composers Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Christopher Theofanidis.

The featured composers comprise the second half of the program. Kaoru for two flutes, by Christopher Theofanidis, will be performed by Andrew Robson and Victor Wang. MORE

Published November 17, 2014
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