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Yale Opera students place in Metropolitan Opera’s New England Regional Finals

Leah Hawkins

Leah Hawkins

Three Yale Opera students were among the winners of the New England Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Mezzo-soprano Leah Hawkins ’15 MM won second place. Soprano Alison King ’14 MM and baritone Brian Vu ’14 MM, ’15 AD both took third.

Hawkins and Vu reached the finals through the Connecticut District Auditions in December of 2014; King was a Boston regional finalist.

Published January 31, 2015
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New Music New Haven features David Lang, Hannah Lash Feb. 5

Hannah Lash, composition faculty

Hannah Lash

The New Music New Haven series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring music by faculty composers David Lang and Hannah Lash on Thursday, Feburary 5 at 7:30 pm. WATCH LIVE

The concert also includes works by four graduate students in the School’s prestigious composition program: Krists Auznieks, Katherine Balch, Ian Gottlieb, and Liliya Ugay.

Featured guest performers include the ensemble Antico Moderno and contralto Hilary Summers. The Yale Voxtet will also perform. MORE

Published January 30, 2015
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Wei-Yi Yang plays Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt Feb. 4

Wei-Yi YangThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Wednesday, Feburary 4 at 7:30 pm.
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Yang will mark the centenary of the death of Alexander Scriabin‘s death with a program that intertwines Scriabin’s music with that of Chopin and Liszt.

Scriabin’s music, which is often infused with mysticism, can be enigmatic; the context of the more familiar Chopin and Liszt pieces will ground this program in more familiar sounds.

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Published January 30, 2015
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POSTPONED: Brentano String Quartet plays music from Haydn to MacMillan Jan. 27

brentano_vThis concert is being postponed because of the heavy snowfall expected for the region. We will announce the rescheduled date as soon as possible.

The Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, January 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Haydn, Brahms, and James MacMillan.

The concert will begin with the first in Haydn‘s set of “Prussian” quartets, his Quartet No. 36 in B-flat major, Op. 50, No.1. Haydn’s six quartets comprising Op. 50 were a response to a gift of a golden ring to Haydn by King Frederick William II of Prussia. The B-flat major quartet features the cello in an interesting solo role, playing lone B-flats at significant moments throughout the piece. It is no coincidence that the King of Prussia happened to be an avid cellist.

Next on the program is the String Quartet No. 3 by by the Scottish composer James MacMillan. Though perhaps best known for this choral works, MacMillan has also written a significant body of instrumental music, including a widely-performed percussion concerto. Of the piece on Tuesday’s program, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “MacMillan’s String Quartet No. 3 operates at the boundary between the physical and the ethereal, between sounds and silence.”

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Published January 23, 2015
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Violinist Wendy Sharp and friends perform chamber music Jan. 25

sharpThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents award-winning violinist Wendy Sharp and friends in a chamber music concert on Sunday, January 25 at 4:00 pm.

Ms. Sharp will be joined by fellow Yale faculty member Melvin Chen, piano, as well as Marka Gustavsson, viola, and Mimi Hwang, cello.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s Serenade, Op. 8, for violin, viola, and cello. This will be followed by three movements from George Tsontakis’ Knicknacks, a duet for violin and cello. MORE

Published January 23, 2015
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Fiddle workshop with Stacy Phillips Jan. 26

phillips_stacy3Internationally acclaimed fiddle player and resonator guitarist Stacy Phillips will lead a workshop for interested students on Monday, January 26 at 5:00 pm.

He will cover:
1. Traditional violin music styles in America
2. What is happening on the frontiers of tradition-based fiddling MORE

Published January 22, 2015
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Yongyan Hu leads the Yale Philharmonia in Debussy, Ravel, and more Jan. 23

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Yongyan Hu, guest conductor

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with guest conductor Yongyan Hu in concert Friday, January 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The program features music by the French impressionist composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel as well as a piece by Catalán composer Xavier Montsalvatge.

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Mr. Hu begins the program with Ravel’s raucous La Valse. Originally intended for the ballet, Ravel provides a charming waltz tune. Ravel masterfully unwinds the fabric of the traditional Viennese style, transforming the waltz form into a doomed, pulsing, left-footed machine. MORE

Published January 21, 2015
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Yale in NY presents the Yale Percussion Group at Carnegie Hall Jan. 25

The Yale Percussion Group in a recent performance with Angélique Kidjo | Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal

The Yale Percussion Group in a recent performance with Angélique Kidjo | Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal

The Yale in New York series at the Yale School of Music concludes its 2014–15 season with a concert by the Yale Percussion Group on Sunday, January 25 at 2 pm.

The YPG, which is directed by Robert van Sice, was a winner of the 2014 Percussive Arts Society competition. Composer Steve Reich has called the ensemble “something truly extraordinary.”

Sunday’s concert will take place in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
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The ensemble will present music from across the globe, including Mauricio Kagel’s masterful Dressur, Paul Lansky’s Textures, a world premiere from composer Michael Laurello, and works collected during Yale’s two-week trip to Ghana in May 2014. MORE

Published January 20, 2015
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Yo-Yo Ma performs at Yale, awarded Sanford Medal (photos)

Yo-Yo-Ma-198-web Cellist Yo-Yo Ma visited Yale on Tuesday, January 13 to perform a sold-out benefit concert in Woolsey Hall. Ma, who received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in 1987, joined forces with Yale cello faculty Aldo Parisot and Ole Akahoshi as well as the Yale Philharmonia.

The event opened with Jean-Baptiste Barrière’s Sonata in G major for two cellos, for which Ma paired up with Assistant Professor of Cello Ole Akahoshi.

Ma then performed J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello to a rapt audience. MORE

Published January 16, 2015
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