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Not Your Typical School Productions: Music Students Play Major Role in NY Culture

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Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” presented by the Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall in April 2014

New York Times | By Anthony Tommasini

With the demise of the New York City Opera in 2013, New York was left with one major — very major — opera company. Still, for all its might, the Metropolitan Opera can’t do everything. There were growing calls from critics and many hopeful opera fans for adventurous smaller companies in the city, like Gotham Chamber Opera and Beth Morrison Projects, to step unto the breach and do more.

Yet there have long been other players on the field doing more, and not just in opera: the conservatories and music schools in the city, along with the music departments at universities where the performing arts really matter. In cities across the United States, these institutions are hotbeds of opera, symphonic concerts and chamber music.… MORE

Published December 22, 2014
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[ events ]

Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Chorus to visit Yale Jan. 16

Valery Gergiev | Photo by Marco Borggreve

Valery Gergiev | Photo by Marco Borggreve

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce a residency with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, on Friday, January 16, 2015.

The residency will comprise three events, all of which are open to the public: a conversation with Gergiev, an open rehearsal with the Yale Philharmonia, and a concert by the Mariinsky Chorus.

NPR calls Gergiev “a powerful force in the world of classical music” and “an unstoppable promoter of Russian culture.” The article also notes a pivotal point in his career: “In 1988, when Gergiev was in his mid-30s, he took the helm of the historic Kirov Theater, a jewel of imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. The Mariinsky, as it’s now called, has been home to Russia’s greatest performing artists: Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Nureyev and Baryshnikov. In 1892, The Nutcracker received its world premiere there.”

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Published December 22, 2014
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Yale Percussion Group performs Jan. 24 at Yale, Jan. 25 at Carnegie Hall

The Yale Percussion Group in Ghana, May 2014

The Yale Percussion Group in Ghana, May 2014

The Yale in New York series at the Yale School of Music concludes its 2014–15 season with two concerts by the Yale Percussion Group. The YPG, directed by Robert van Sice, will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, January 25 at 2 pm.

The night before, they will give their annual concert in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall on the Yale campus, at 7:30 pm. This concert will also stream live online.
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The ensemble presents music from across the globe, including Mauricio Kagel’s masterful Dressur, Paul Lansky’s Textures, and a world premiere from composer Michael Laurello. The Sunday concert will also feature music inspired by Yale’s two-week trip to Ghana in May 2014. MORE

Published December 18, 2014
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[ music in schools ]

All-City Honors Ensembles perform first ever Winter Concert

IMG_9895This past Saturday, the auditorium of Wilbur Cross HS was filled with holiday cheer, as well as audience cheers, as the All-City Honors Ensembles took the stage for their first ever Winter Concert.

Following the opening performance of “We Need A Little Christmas” by the Children’s Choir, Lead Teacher Rubén Rodríguez ’07MM welcomed the families in the audience, proclaiming that, “Today, your kids are not asking you for toys or presents, but rather, they are giving you the gift of music.”

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Published December 17, 2014
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[ acquisitions ]

School acquires unusual Italian cello

cello_1456-webThe Yale School of Music has been given a unique Italian cello that belonged to Paul Olefsky, a former cellist in the Philadelphia Orchestra. The cello is remarkable for its unusual shoulders and wood inlay. 

Olefsky was a friend of YSM cello professor Aldo Parisot. Olefsky’s widow, Hai Zheng-Olefsky, chose Yale as the recipient of her late husband’s cello. It will go to the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

Ms. Zheng-Olefsky, also a concert cellist, worked with Professor Parisot at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1984 when Parisot spent a month there giving master classes. Parisot selected Zheng-Olefsky as one of the soloists to play the last movement of the Haydn Concerto with him conducting the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in concert. (Her younger friend Jian Wang ’88CERT, today an internationally renowned cellist, played the first movement). MORE

Published December 16, 2014
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[ students + alumni ]

Christopher Cerrone ’14DMA wins ASCAP’s Leonard Bernstein Award

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Christopher Cerrone

Composer Christopher Cerrone, who was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music, received the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award. Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein presented the award to Cerrone at the ASCAP Foundation’s 19th Annual Awards Ceremony, which was held on December 10 in New York City. MORE

Published December 11, 2014
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[ alumni ]

Grammy nominations for YSM alumni include Thomas Newman, William Christie

a-far-cryThe album Dreams and Prayers was nominated for a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. The album features clarinetist David Krakauer and the ensemble A Far Cry, whose members include Miki-Sophia Cloud ’08MM as well as cellist Andrea Lee ’04BA. Cloud also curated the album; read the story behind Dreams and Prayers here.

Composer Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM was nominated for his score to Saving Mr. Banks.

William Christie ’69MM was the conductor of the performance nominated for Best Opera Recording: Rameau’s Hippolyte Et Aricie, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Glyndebourne Chorus. MORE

Published December 11, 2014
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Clarinetist David Shifrin performs twentieth-century French music Dec. 15

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by YSM faculty member and clarinetist David Shifrin on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 pm. He will be joined by Yevgeny Yontov, piano, and others, in a program of twentieth-century French music.

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The recital will open with Poulenc‘s Sontata for Clarinet and Piano, composed in 1962. One of Poulenc’s last works, the sonata is dedicated to Swiss composer Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of the composers collective Les Six.

The concert will continue with two popular movements from Debussy‘s Children’s Corner Suite, originally written for solo piano. This version was transcribed for clarinet and piano by David Schiff. The first half of the concert concludes with another Debussy piece, his Première Rhapsodie. After Debussy took a position on the Paris Conservatorie’s Board of Directors, he wrote this piece as an examination for the school’s clarinet students. MORE

Published December 9, 2014
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Larry Weng wins silver in Wideman International Piano Competition

Larry Weng

Larry Weng

Larry Weng ’12AD, ’14MMA won a silver medal in the 64th annual Wideman International Piano Competition. The competition was held December 5–7, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

In the final round, Weng performed Brahms’ Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83. Two Silver Medals were awarded; the other went to Kenny Broberg. No bronze medal was conferred. MORE

Published December 9, 2014
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Peter Klimo ’14MM wins silver in International Franz Liszt Piano Competition

From left to right: Mengie Han (3rd Prize), Mariam Batsashvili (1st Prize) Peter Klimo (2nd Prize). Copyright: Liszt Concours Utrecht

Peter Klimo ’14MM, right, with Mengie Han (left, 3rd Prize), and Mariam Batsashvili (center, 1st Prize)

Pianist Peter Klimo won the second prize in the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Netherlands in November.

In the final round, the three competitors each played a Liszt concerto of their choice with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Gaffigan. The concert was broadcast live. Mr. Klimo played Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124.

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Published December 9, 2014
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