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A Composer Opens Up Her Creative Process, Online

The New York Times | Phillip LutzHannah Lash, composition faculty

As a professor at the Yale School of Music and a working harpist, Hannah Lash enjoys plenty of interaction with students, colleagues and the public. But when it comes time to compose, she typically holes up in her New Haven home late at night and keeps to herself.

“The creative process needs to be protected,” she said, “on a level where you create a membrane around yourself when you’re writing that’s impenetrable.”

So it is all the more remarkable that as she writes her first symphony, Ms. Lash, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s new composer-in-residence, will be shining a light on the work in progress, inviting comment on social media and in live forums. MORE

Published September 30, 2015
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New Music New Haven features Martin Bresnick, Hannah Lash Oct. 8

Martin Bresnick, composer

Martin Bresnick, composer

The New Music New Haven series at the Yale School of Music presents its first concert of the 2015–2016 season on Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 pm.

The concert will feature pieces by YSM faculty members Martin Bresnick and Hannah Lash, as well as works by student composers.

Student works form the concert’s first half: Katherine Balch’s Maroon Creek, Brian Heim’s content repackage, and Tiange Zhou’s Study Laws of Motion. MORE

Published September 29, 2015
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Boris Berman opens the Horowitz Piano Series Oct. 7

bermanThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music opens its season with a recital by Boris Berman on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 pm.

Professor Berman, who serves as artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series, will perform works by Brahms and Chopin, as well as Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box) which features narration and projected images by André Hellé.

The program’s most substantial work, Debussy’s whimsical children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux was written for dancers or marionettes based on a story by children’s book illustrator André Hellé, whose illustrations will be displayed throughout the performance. YSM graduate John Taylor Ward, baritone, will be the narrator. MORE

Published September 29, 2015
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YDN: Philharmonia performs Russian masterpieces

Yale Daily News | By Ivona Iacobserebrier_jose

For its opening concert of the 2015–16 season, the Yale Philharmonia will perform old and new works alike, as it combines iconic works of Russian music with a contemporary piece from South America.

This Friday at Woolsey Hall, the Philharmonia will perform under the guidance of renowned Uruguayan conductor Jose Serebrier, presenting pieces by Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Modest Mussorgsky, as well as a piece by Serebrier himself titled “Symphony No. 2: Partita.” Serebrier said that performing his symphonic piece has high sentimental value because it was his first recorded work and earned him his first orchestral conducting job.

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Published September 25, 2015
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[ students & alumni ]

Sony Classical to Release Thomas Newman’s “He Named Me Malala” Soundtrack

ThomasNewmanSony Classical will release the official soundtrack album for the documentary He Named Me Malala, featuring music by Academy Award-nominated composer and Yale alumnus Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM. To be released on October 2, 2015, the album is now available for pre-order via Amazon.

He Named Me Malala is directed by Davis Guggenheim and tells the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived a Taliban assassination attempt to become an outspoken, globally recognized advocate for girl’s rights.The documentary is set to premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released on October 2, 2015 by Fox Searchlight. MORE

Published September 25, 2015
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Ransom Wilson, Ettore Causa, June Han perform together Oct. 1

Ransom WilsonThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents Ransom Wilson, Ettore Causa, and June Han together in concert on Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 pm.

The trio of acclaimed Yale faculty members will perform works for flute, viola, and harp, and several combinations thereof. They will open the program with works by three French composers: Jean Cras’ Suite en duo for flute and harp, Jean Françaix’s Suite pour flûte seule, and Maurice Duruflé’s Prélude, Récitatif, et Variations.

After intermission, the program will continue with Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio and Cesar Franck’s Melancolie for viola and piano, arranged by Ettore Causa. The evening will conclude with Claude Debussy’s well-known Sonata for flute, viola and harp. MORE

Published September 25, 2015
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[ Students & Alumni ]

Flutist Meera Gudipati ’17 MM joins New Haven Symphony Orchestra

meera-gudipatiMeera Gudipati ’17 MM has won the position of Principal Flute in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

Gudipati recently started her studies at the Yale School of Music as a first-year Master of Music student, and is studying with Ransom Wilson. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., she attended the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, and received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. MORE

Published September 24, 2015
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Acclaimed conductor Yu Long visits Yale for residency Sep. 28

yu-longInternationally acclaimed conductor Yu Long will visit Yale for a residency on Monday, September 28. The residency includes two events that are free and open to the public.

The New York Times has dubbed Yu “China’s Herbert von Karajan” and called him “the most powerful figure in China’s Western classical music scene.”

At noon, Maestro Yu will take part in an open conversation with Dean Robert Blocker. Maestro Yu — who is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra — will talk about the state of classical music in China. MORE

Published September 22, 2015
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Career Strategies presents a conversation with the Brentano Quartet Sep. 30

brentano_vOn Wednesday, September 30, Astrid Baumgardner will interview the members of the Brentano Quartet on the topic of artistic careers and collaboration in the 21st century. The interview takes place at 4:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

The Brentano String Quartet is ensemble-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, where they perform in concert each semester and work closely with students in chamber music contexts. The members of the quartet are Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Lee, cello. Read more about the quartet here.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions. The event will be streamed live on the School of Music’s website.

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Published September 22, 2015
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Pianist credits video gaming for giving him good ear

chen-cliburnAlberquerque Journal | By Kathaleen Roberts

The first American to reach the Van Cliburn Piano Competition finals in 16 years, Sean Chen is bringing the Romantics to Los Alamos next weekend.[…]

The 27-year-old pianist grew up near Los Angeles, where he first put fingertips to keys at the age of 2. He began piano lessons at 5, winning prizes at the California International Young Artist Competition, the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award and scholarships while he was still in high school.

Neither of his parents were professional musicians. But he says he developed a good ear by watching movies and playing video games. MORE

Published September 21, 2015
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