[ in the press ]

Hudson Sounds: Ashley Bathgate Plays Bang on a Can Plays Art

Photo by Stephen Taylor

Photo by Stephen Taylor

By Liz Friedman | Hudson Sounds

“American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (The New York Times) and “a rising star of her instrument” (Albany Times Union) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (The New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer.”  

Phew! For those who don’t know, Ashley Bathgate is originally from Saratoga Springs and began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. She then went on to study at Bard with Luis Garcia-Renart  and then at the Yale University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot. Not bad for a local girl. MORE

Published July 31, 2015
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[ alumni ]

Clarinet alumni Benjamin Lulich, Tianyu Zhang win orchestra appointments

lulich_benjaminYSM alumnus Benjamin Lulich was recently appointed acting principal clarinet of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. His first performances with the orchestra will be in September, under the baton of music director Franz Welser-Most.

“I am very happy to perform with The Cleveland Orchestra this coming season,” Lulich wrote in a statement. “I grew up listening to recordings of [the orchestra], and I attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, so it is a dream come true.” MORE

Published July 30, 2015
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Alumnus Dantes Rameau and Atlanta Music Project win big on new TV show

Dantes Rameau '07 MM, left, with rapper Common

Dantes Rameau ’07 MM, left, with rapper Common

By Howard Pousner | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Growing up in Ottawa, bassoonist Dantes Rameau was a fan of hip-hop artist Common. So Rameau knew it was an uncommon day when he answered a knock at the door during rehearsals earlier this month at the Gilbert House recreation center in southwest Atlanta only to find the musician-actor waiting with a TV crew on the porch.

In his role as a guest host on the new Fox TV show Knock Knock Live that premiered Tuesday, Common was paying a surprise visit to Rameau, co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project. Common’s mission: to lay some gifts on the Atlanta nonprofit that provides tuition-free music education to under-served youths.

“I had no idea this was going to happen until I opened the door and there was Common and a bunch of cameras in my face,” Rameau, 32, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It took a lot of coordination and colluding and hiding by staff, board members, students and their parents. They managed to keep it a secret and lure me to be in the right place at the right time. I was really stunned.” MORE

Published July 28, 2015
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[ buildings ]

Adams Center for Musical Arts: Construction Photos

Demolition and construction work continue on Hendrie Hall and the future Adams Center for Musical Arts. Excavation has begun at the north side of the building for the addition. Floor holes for attachment of ceiling support for the floor below have been completed in many rooms.

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Published July 24, 2015
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Yale School of Music and New Haven Public Schools: Changing lives through music-making

all-city-chorusYaleNews | By Bess Connolly Martell

It’s not uncommon for the students at the Yale School of Music to “blow their own horns,” but when it comes to the wealth of opportunities the school presents to New Haven schoolchildren, the school leaders aren’t known to boast.

YaleNews recently met with Michael Yaffe, associate dean at the School of Music, to discuss the recent Music in Schools Symposium, the numerous programs that the school provides for New Haven schoolchildren, and how this collaboration gives students “distinctive opportunities to flourish as musicians.”

An edited version of that conversation follows. MORE

Published July 21, 2015
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[ students + alumni ]

Patrick Jankowski appointed Manager of Global K–12 Programs at Juilliard

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Patrick Campbell Jankowski ’13 MM, ’15 MMA has been appointed Manager of Global K–12 Programs at The Juilliard School. Beginning this fall, Jankowski will also serve as an Apprentice Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic.

Jankowski, a hornist, is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Yale School of Music. He noted that his new roles “will allow me to approach music education and engagement from a variety of different angles: playing, teaching, writing, developing, and planning. It is a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach to expanding the reach of music and other arts to new generations and new audiences, and I am so fortunate to be involved with this incredible group of artists, visionaries, and leaders.”

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Published July 21, 2015
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A Gift to YCMI: The Paul A. Munier Collection of Military Snare Drumsticks

military-drumsticksThe Collection of Musical Instruments recently announced the acquisition of an important collection of twentieth-century military drumsticks. This gift, donated by Paul A. Munier of Haverill, Mass., comprises 60 pairs made in a variety of materials, lengths, and tip shapes. Highlights include hand-turned pairs of rosewood, ebony, cocobolo, persimmon, zebra wood, and solid steel.

The solid steel pair of sticks pictured below was used for practice on a rubber pad by F.G. Holt, a snare drummer who played in the band of John Philip Sousa. Other pairs of Mr. Munier’s collection were owned by champion drummers P.F. Mietzner, the “Poet Drummer of Connecticut,” and A.B. Smith, the “Farmer Drummer of Connecticut.” MORE

Published July 13, 2015
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Yale School of Music Norfolk Chamber Music Fest opens

bermanBy Joe Amarante | New Haven Register

A 75-minute drive to the hills of western Connecticut, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival begins its summer run of chamber music for the 74th time this week, presented by the Yale School of Music and including internationally known ensembles and chamber musicians alongside students and young professionals.

At 8 p.m. Friday at the Norfolk Festival Music Shed, pianist Boris Berman and Norfolk Festival Artists and Fellows will perform Mozart’s “Quintet for Piano and Winds” (which Mozart considered to be the best work he ever composed), as well as his “Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica.” Also on the program is Franck’s “Piano Quintet.” MORE

Published July 9, 2015
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[ music in schools ]

Morse Summer Music Academy expands concert series

Morse 2014 044The Morse Summer Music Academy, a partnership between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, is currently taking place on the YSM campus and at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School. With a total of 142 students from 27 schools, this year’s Academy is bigger than ever.

Accordingly, Morse Academy has expanded its concert series to include a total of 38 concerts throughout the program. This includes a series of chamber music pop-up concerts that will take place simultaneously at four different locations on Yale’s campus: the Peabody Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and Cross Campus, as well as the New Haven Free Public Library downtown.

These concerts will take place every Thursday and Friday afternoon during the program—July 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31—starting at 1:00pm. Each will feature 5-6 student chamber ensembles, with groups rotating between the different venues each day. MORE

Published July 9, 2015
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William Gardiner wins American Composers Forum National Composition Contest

gardiner_williamComposer William Gardiner ’13 MM, ’15 MMA has been named one of three winners of the 2015 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest. The winners were announced by the American Composers Forum in partnership with the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble wild Up. The members of the ensemble selected the three winning composers from a pool of 450 applicants.

The winners each receive a monetary prize and are currently finishing their pieces, eight to ten minutes each, for wild Up to perform this September at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT). American Composers Forum will also host two open rehearsals with wild Up and the winners at LA City Colleges’ Clausen Recital Hall. MORE

Published July 8, 2015
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