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Workshop on April 20: Orchestral Opportunities in the 21st Century

Ken Cole

Ken Cole

On Monday, April 20, the Office of Career Strategies presents an event featuring Ken Cole, Vice President of Learning and Leadership at the League of American Orchestras. Cole will speak on Orchestral Opportunities in the 21st Century: Reaching Out Beyond the Performance Space.

Orchestras enjoyed a central and expanding role in American culture during much of the 20th century. Today, however, many are grappling with profound changes in the demand for live orchestral music — changes driven by shifting demographics, the rise of digital media, increased competition for consumers’ leisure time, and more. MORE

Published March 31, 2015
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Guest musicians to give a tango workshop April 1

Hector del Curto, bandoneon

Hector del Curto, bandoneon

The Yale School of Music presents a tango workshop on Wednesday, April 1 at 12:30 pm.

The workshop will be led by Pablo Aslan, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, percussion; Hector del Curto, bandoneon; and Alex Brown, piano. The four are also among the performers in the Letters from Argentina concert on March 31.

In the first half of the workshop, the leaders will demonstrate instrumental tango techniques. The second half will feature performances by Yale School of Music students. MORE

Published March 31, 2015
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New York Times: Plucking Notes, and Strings, of Long Ago

New York Times | By Phillip Lutz

In 1640, Andreas Ruckers of Antwerp was producing harpsichords of such clarity and consistency that they were the envy of Northern Europe. Most of those harpsichords, like others of their vintage, have disappeared or been radically altered, sometimes with disastrous results.

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One that hasn’t, however, sits among the more than two dozen period keyboards on display at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments in New Haven. Apart from the slight extension of its range in the early 18th century, the floridly adorned, single-manual instrument remains fundamentally untouched, its soundboard yielding a brilliant tone that, on a recent weekday, carried throughout the collection’s quarters, a onetime fraternity house on Hillhouse Avenue. MORE

Published March 30, 2015
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“Refreshing” El Mundo Ensemble performs at Collection April 12

el mundoThe Yale School of Music and Collection of Musical Instruments presents the El Mundo Ensemble at the Collection of Musical Instruments on Sunday, April 12 at 3:00pm.

The ensemble, led by artistic director Richard Savino, will present a program of music focusing on the Spanish Baroque. “El Mundo plays with a refreshing lack of rigidity or dogmatism,” says the New York Times, and Savino is a baroque guitarist hailed as “a player of high technique and sensitivity to style” (Gramophone).

The program includes selections by Antonio de Salazar, Rafael Castellano, Santiago de Murcia, and Sebastian Duron, among others. MORE

Published March 30, 2015
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Suliman Tekalli wins second prize in Seoul International Violin Competition

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli

Violinist Suliman Tekalli ’16 AD was awarded second prize in the Seoul International Music Competition this weekend. He shared the prize with Japanese violinist Ayana Tsuji. 

No first prize was awarded in this year’s competition, which takes place annually in South Korea. The competition rotates among violin, piano, and voice. MORE

Published March 30, 2015
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Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in Wagner, Korngold, Brahms April 10

Benjamin Hoffman, violin

Benjamin Hoffman, violin

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring guest conductor Peter Oundjian and the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, April 10. Award-winning violinist Benjamin Hoffman is also featured on the program, which includes music of Wagner, Korngold, and Brahms. TICKETS

The concert opens with Wagner‘s Overture to Tannhäuser. The opera’s overture is its most famous section: the shimmering, dramatic chords give way to a series of thrilling and expansive themes that, like many of Wagner’s overtures, can easily stand alone.

Second on the program is the Violin Concerto in D major by Hollywood film composer Erich Korngold, featuring violin soloist Benjamin Hoffman, a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition. The Moravian-born Korngold once vowed never to write music outside of film until Hitler was defeated; after the end of WWII in 1945, the violin concerto was the first concert piece he wrote. MORE

Published March 27, 2015
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YSM violinists advance in Seoul and Queen Elisabeth Competitions

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli ’16 AD and Wonyoung Jung ’12 MM are among the twelve semifinalists in the Seoul International Competition. The competition is taking place in Seoul through March 29.

The Seoul International Music Competition was established by The Dong-A Ilbo, one of the most prestigious national newspapers in Korea, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The Competition’s aim is to promote international cultural exchanges through music, and to support talented young musicians from around the world. The competition is held annually for piano, violin, and voice, in a rotating sequence. The category for 2015 competition is violin, and the competition is being held from March 18 to 29 in Seoul. MORE

Published March 27, 2015
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Aldo Parisot leads the Yale Cellos in concert on Wednesday, April 15

yale_cellos1Aldo Parisot will lead the Grammy-nominated ensemble that he founded over thirty years ago in a diverse program of music from the baroque to the present day. The works will range from classics by Arcangelo Corelli, J. S. Bach, and Edvard Grieg to newer works by Ezra Laderman and Dave Brubeck. TICKET INFO

The concert begins with the Allegro agitato from Edvard Grieg’s Cello Sonata in A minor, performed by Chang Pan, a second-year master’s student of Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music. Assistant professor of cello Ole Akahoshi, who performed a duet with Yo-Yo Ma in Woolsey Hall in January, will then perform the Partita for Solo Cello by Ezra Laderman.

Laderman, who passed away on February 28, was a prolific composer who served as dean of the Yale School of Music from 1989 to 1995 and later as professor of composition until his retirement in 2013. His longtime connection with the Yale Cellos was particularly rich, and over the years Aldo Parisot and the Yale Cellos performed and recorded a number of works Laderman wrote for the ensemble. MORE

Published March 24, 2015
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Violinist Corin Lee ’13MM joins string quartet ETHEL

lee-corinCorin Lee ’13 MM is the new violinist in the string quartet ETHEL.“I’m so blessed to be joining ETHEL. This is a natural fit for me,” said Lee in an announcement from the quartet. “I am grateful for this opportunity.”

Corin “Cory” Lee is an acoustic, electric, and baroque violinist who incorporates technology into traditional music to push the limits of how music can be performed. He has performed his “musically marvelous” (Steve Reich) electronic arrangements in prestigious venues through the United States including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. MORE

Published March 24, 2015
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Winning participants announced for fifth Yale Symposium on Music in Schools

David Lang

David Lang

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the participants selected for the fifth Symposium on Music in Schools, which will take place June 4–7, 2015 on the Yale campus. This year’s Symposium will focus on partnerships between professional music organizations and public school music programs.

All participants will receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award and will send representatives to the Symposium to participate in three days of strategic sessions. Featured speakers include MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and author/journalist Joanne Lipman.

The 2015 winners comprise 38 partnerships hailing from 19 states and the District of Columbia. The majority represent urban school districts, but many are from suburban and rural districts. The music organizations include orchestras, jazz, opera, community music schools, and concert presenters. Among the participants are such major organizations as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Cliburn Competition, Astral Artists, and the National Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published March 23, 2015
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