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Sarah Ioannides conducts the Yale Philharmonia Nov. 6

ioannides-2_editThe Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with guest conductor Sarah Ioannides on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm in Woolsey Hall.

The concert is part of New Haven’s Northern Lights Festival, in which the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and YSM celebrate the 150th anniversary of the births of Scandinavian composers Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. The Nov. 6 concert features Sibelius‘ first two symphonies: the Symphony No. 1 in E minor (1899) and Symphony No. 2 in D major (1902).

Both symphonies, written by a composer in his thirties just beginning to be known on international stages, are among the Sibelius works that tie in with Finland’s struggles for political freedom from the Russian Empire. MORE

Published October 30, 2015
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Jake Fridkis ’14 MM Named Principal Flute of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

fridkis_jakeJake Fridkis ’14 MM has been appointed principal flute of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He was previously serving as principal flute of the South Dakota Symphony.

About Jake Fridkis

With experience as a soloist throughout the world with concerto appearances in United States, Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Fridkis has served as guest principal flute with Symphony SONG (Korea), the Princeton Symphony, and the Cleveland Philharmonic, and has appeared with the symphonies of St. Louis and New Haven. He recently performed with Fort Worth in August 2015, and praised by the Star-Telegram as “extraordinary in all three concerts” and “the talk of the town.”

Fridkis earned his master’s degree in flute performance from the Yale School of Music in 2014 and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Yale, studying with Ransom Wilson. He is a member of the New York based new music ensemble Le Train Bleu, led by Ransom Wilson. Jacob previously studied at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was awarded a Presidential Merit Scholarship as a student of Joshua Smith.

A winner of Yale School of Music’s 2013 Chamber Music Society competition, Jake’s other recent highlights include being named an artist in residence at the Banff Music Centre, flute fellowship at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen two summers in a row, studying with Mark Sparks; and performances at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York and Powell Hall with the St. Louis Symphony. Jake made his NFA convention debut at age 15 premiering Gary Schocker’s flute duet “French Toast” with his brother Gabe and the composer on piano.

 

Published October 30, 2015
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Joseph Peters ’11 MM Named Principal Oboist of Minnesota Orchestra

Joseph Peters

Joseph Peters

Joseph Peters ’11 MM has been named Principal Oboe of the Minnesota OrchestraHe had previously been serving as Principal Oboe of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and as Music Director of the SUNY Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra.

Originally from the Twin Cities, Mr. Peters frequently performs with the Minnesota Orchestra; he can be heard on their recording of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1, and he participated in their recent historic tour to Cuba. During the summers he conducts the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra.

About Joseph Peters

Mr. Peters received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Music from Yale University, where he studied with Stephen Taylor. He was an Oboe Fellow with the New World Symphony for three years, during which time he performed extensively in Miami and conducted performances at the New World Symphony.

As a soloist, Mr. Peters has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Mr. Peters has been Guest Principal Oboe with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Orchestra, and he has played with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Long Island Philharmonic, Yale Philharmonia, National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute. He has conducted performances at the New World Symphony, Marlboro Music Festival, Yale University and the University of Minnesota and is a frequent clinician in the Miami-Dade area. WEBSITE

Published October 30, 2015
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Pianist Jessica Osborne highlights female composers Oct. 29

21042712_12Pianist Jessica Osborne will perform her final Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 pm. The program will feature music by female composers from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

Osborne will open with selections from the Four Sketches, Op. 19, by Agatha Backer Grøndahl, a 19th-century Norwegian composer, followed by Clara Schumann’s Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in G minor, Op. 16. Grøndahl and Schumann were both prominent pianists, Schumann being one of the most distinguished of the romantic era.

Next, Osborne will perform Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Four Songs for Piano, Op. 8. As a child, Fanny Mendelssohn’s musical abilities were compared equally to those of her more famous brother, Felix, and some of her early works were originally published under his name. MORE

Published October 29, 2015
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The sound of music

music-schools16Yale Alumni Magazine | By Christopher Arnott

It’s a Saturday morning. But at Wilbur Cross High School, the joint is jumping.

The school lobby is scattered with violins, cellos, basses, and their respective cases, as a classical ensemble sets up chairs and prepares to rehearse. Down the hall in the school’s band room, a trombonist blows the main melody from “Summertime,” and then a roomful of brass and other instruments chime in, finding their collective way through the Gershwin classic. A glee club is sitting in a different classroom, planning the next practice session. “I gotta go early,” one student says. “I gotta be in college,” says another. This leads to a discussion about responsibility and collaboration.

“Rehearsal is a sacred time,” announces Rubén Rodríguez Ferreira ’11MM, lead teacher of the Music in Schools Initiative. This gentle rejoinder effectively ends the excuses.

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Published October 29, 2015
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New Music New Haven series features Paul Lansky Nov. 19

Paul LanskyThe New Music New Haven series at the Yale School of Music continues on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, featuring the music of guest composer Paul Lansky alongside works by YSM composition students.

A pioneer in the field of computer music, Paul Lansky has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. His music has been widely performed and recorded. He has been the subject of the documentary My Cinema for the Ears,  directed by Uli Aumüller, and in 2002 was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Society for Electroacoustic Music. He serves on the faculty of Princeton University. MORE

Published October 28, 2015
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Tiam Goudarzi, recorder and Paolo Zanzu, harpsichord perform Nov. 11

paolo-zanzu-webThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments at the Yale School of Music presents Baroque recorder player Tiam Goudarzi and harpsichordist Paolo Zanzu on Wednesday, November 11 at 5:30 pm. The program, entitled Dissertazione corelliana (Corellian dissertation), explores the rise of the Roman school of instrumental music in the 18th century.

The duo will open and close the program with two sonatas from Arcangelo Corelli’s Opus 5. The collection was originally written as a set of 12 violin sonatas; Goudarzi and Zanu will open the program with the Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 5, No. 9 and will close with the Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 5, No. 1.

Zanzu will then play three short keyboard pieces by Domenico Scarlatti: the Sonata in A major, K. 113; Sonata in A major, K. 114; and Sonata in C minor, K 115. The pair will team up again for a performance of Georg Frideric Händel’s Recorder Sonata in D minor, HWV 367, and William Babell’s “Vo’ far guerra” from the opera Rinaldo. Zanzu will perform one more work for solo harpsichord, Händel’s Harpsichord suite in B-flat major, HWV 434, before the closing Corelli work.

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Published October 27, 2015
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Yale School of Music to be featured in 2016 NY Phil Biennial

Martin Bresnick, composer

The Yale School of Music and its New Music New Haven series will be highlighted in the 2016 NY Phil Biennial, a wide-ranging exploration of today’s music by an array of contemporary and modern composers. YSM’s performance will take place on May 25, 2016 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR, the performance will be streamed live via webcast on WQXR’s new-music channel, Q2 Music, and Q2 Music’s Helga Davis will host the performance.

The program represents the past, present, and future of the composition program of the Yale School of Music, established in 1894, whose composition faculty has included Paul Hindemith, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Jacob Druckman. The program opens with songs by Yale alumnus Charles Ives — “our historically most distinguished student,” according to Yale composition chair Martin Bresnick — and concludes with a song by “one of our very promising current students (and fellow New Englander)” Hilary Purrington. MORE

Published October 27, 2015
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Wei-Yi Yang performs Chopin, Schubert, Prokofiev Nov. 11

Wei-Yi YangThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents pianist Wei-Yi Yang in recital on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 pm. Yang, a faculty member at the School of Music, will perform works for solo piano by Chopin, Prokofiev, and Schubert.

The program opens with Chopin‘s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 1 in B-flat minor. Since being published in 1832, Chopin’s Opus 9 nocturnes have been some of the most popular works written for piano, often heard on television and film as well as in the concert hall.

This will be followed by Prokofiev‘s Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84. This work was composed in the period following the 1941 German invasion of Russia, when Russia briefly loosened restrictions on compositional styles. This allowed Prokofiev to compose in a more personal way; but this sonata, along with several other works from this period, was banned from performance in Russia soon after the war. MORE

Published October 23, 2015
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YSM launches new mobile app along with new centerpiece video

iPad-splashThe Yale School of Music (YSM) is proud to announce the launch of a new digital app and the release of a new cinematic admissions video.

The app, designed by Monica Ong Reed of YSM and developed in collaboration with Jason England, Michael Ferguson, and Andrea Porto from Yale Printing and Publishing Services (YPPS), is the School of Music’s first foray into native digital publishing. With the app, the School of Music can create publications that audiences not only read but also hear and watch in an immersive environment.

Embedded in the app is YSM’s new centerpiece video, produced by Austin Kase. Titled “The Music Makers,” the video features a number of YSM faculty, students, and alumni working in different cross-sections of the music profession across the country. The video is available today in the app only. It will be available for viewing on the Yale School of Music’s website and social media channels starting Friday, Oct. 23. MORE

Published October 22, 2015
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