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Pianist Scott MacIsaac ’14 CERT wins OSM Competition

macisaac-scott_osm-competitionPianist Scott MacIsaac ’14 CERT won the grand prize and a number of other prizes in the OSM (Orchestre Symphonique de  Montreal) Competition.

In addition to cash awards, MacIsaac’s prize includes a performance with Orchestre Symphonique de  Montreal, a concert tour with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas in six Nordic andBaltic countries, a concert with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, four solo recitals, a professional recording and Radio Canada broadcast, and a number of residencies and scholarships for further study.

MacIsaac’s addtional prizes included the new Schulich Music School Award, the People’s Choice Award, and the Banff Centre Award. MORE

Published November 25, 2015
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Interlude: Revered Cellist Aldo Parisot full of ‘Fogo’

parisot_aInterlude | By Janet Horvath

Exuding Fogo or fire, Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot continues to be an immense musical force with a busy schedule at the Yale School of Music. He teaches thirteen students and conducts the Yale Cellos. One of the greatest cellists of all time, he has performed in chamber music, in recital, and as soloist with the elite orchestras of the world and eminent maestros including Leonard Bernstein, Sir John Barbirolli, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Monteux and composers Paul Hindemith and Hector Villa-Lobos. Parisot has premiered numerous cello works including Villa-Lobos Cello Concerto No. 2, which was written for him. Parisot played the work with the New York Philharmonic in 1955, Parisot’s first performance in America, and Villa-Lobos was present. In addition to his teaching at Yale he was on the faculty of the Mannes, Peabody and Juilliard Schools.

Parisot is a man of contrasts. Soft-spoken with a wicked sense of humor, he owns a red sports car with the license plate “Fogo,” wears dark glasses, a cigarette constantly dangles from his bow hand, and his support of his students is unwavering. I had the privilege of seeing him in action. “These are not master classes,” he declared, “they are mastery classes.” Recently, we had a conversation. MORE

Published November 25, 2015
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Pianist Clipper Erickson ’86 MM, ’88 MMA releases new album on Navona Records

Clipper EricksonPiano alumnus Clipper Erickson ’86 MM, ’88 MMA has released a new two-disc album on Navona Records. Available now, the album focuses on the complete piano works of composer R. Nathaniel Dett, who is regarded as one of the most important musicians in American history.

In his lifetime, Dett was lauded as the first American composer to fuse African American folk idioms with the European art music tradition in a sophisticated way.

In 2014 Erickson received his doctorate from Temple University researching Dett’s piano music. He is a consistent champion of new music, actively premiering new piano works written for him. Erickson has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in notable concert venues around the world, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He studied at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Indiana University as well as with renowned British pianist John Ogdon.

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Published November 24, 2015
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Yale Philharmonia plays New Music for Orchestra Dec. 10

13-004 Yale Philharmonia — Yale School of Music 2013The Yale School of Music presents the annual New Music for Orchestra concert on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 pm. The concert presents new works by up-and-comping student composers, performed by the Yale Philharmonia.

Works on the program include: Krists AuznieksScarlet Sounds, Katherine Balch‘s Leaf Catalogue, Natalie Dietterich‘s aeolian dust, Brian Heim‘s ANOTHER FOREST, an excerpt from Dylan Mattingly‘s Visions of Johanna, Liliya Ugay‘s Oblivion, and Tiange Zhou‘s One Choice. All the composers are currently studying at the Yale School of Music.

YSM conducting fellow Heejung Park will lead the Yale Philharmonia for the evening. MORE

Published November 24, 2015
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New film Youth features original score by faculty composer David Lang

David Lang, composer

We Are Movie Geeks | By Michelle McCue

From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner THE GREAT BEAUTY comes YOUTH, about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps.

The film features an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, who first met Sorrentino when his composition “I Lie” was used in THE GREAT BEAUTY.

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Published November 23, 2015
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Career Strategies presents marketing workshop Dec. 11

Astrid BaumgardnerThe Office of Career Strategies has announced its next career workshop, which will take place on December 11 at 2 pm. The workshop is called Marketing for Musicians: Five Steps for Building Your Audience and Filling The House.

Astrid Baumgardner, the director of career strategies, wrote: “With your student recitals looming, wouldn’t it be great to have a large live audience, along with a healthy crowd attending via live-stream? And how about your other performances and events?  All musicians should know the basics of marketing. In this workshop, I will go through the five key steps that will help you to build you audience and fill the house.” MORE

Published November 23, 2015
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Vista concert Dec. 3 pairs chamber music and personal commentary

spraguechambergroupThe Yale School of Music presents the next concert in its Vista series on  Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm. The Vista series features student performances enhanced by commentary on the music.

This semester’s program features ensembles ranging from piano four-hands to wind quintet, with music by Schubert, Beethoven, Ligeti, and Mendelssohn. The concert is free and will also stream live online.

The concert will open with Schubert‘s Fantasie in F minor, D. 940 for piano four-hands, performed by Eylam Keshet and Thomas Hicks. The piece, written in the last year of Schubert’s life, was dedicated to his pupil, Karoline Esterházy, with whom he was in (unrequited) love. MORE

Published November 23, 2015
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Ian Tuski honored with Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award

Tuski teaches in the New Haven Public Schools

Tuski teaches in the New Haven Public Schools

Ian Tuski ’15 MM is to be honored with a Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award. The awards recognize those who inspire the Yale community through innovative, effective, and sustained service for the greater good.

The Yale-Jefferson Public Service Awards were launched in 2012 by the Association of Yale Alumni, Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Three awards are now given each year: one to a Yale undergraduate, one to a graduate/professional student, and one to an alumnus. MORE

Published November 19, 2015
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Springfield Symphony Orchestra shines spotlight on principal trumpet Thomas Bergeron

Mass Live | By Clifton Noble Jr.

It is always a special occasion when the Springfield Symphony Orchestra features its own members as soloists.

On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m., SSO Principal Trumpet Thomas Bergeron will be in the spotlight, playing Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto in E-flat,” and sharing solo duties in Aaron Copland’s beautiful tone poem “Quiet City” with SSO Principal Oboist Nancy Dimock, who will play the English horn solo.

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Published November 19, 2015
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Inbal Segev on Climbing the Mount Everest for Cellists

Epoch Times | By Milene FernandezCellist Inbal Segev

It was on her mind for at least 20 years. Inbal Segev had been preparing, practicing, gearing herself up to consummate her musical career by climbing what she called “the Mount Everest for cellists.” Recording J. S. Bach’s complete cello suites constitutes the pinnacle of her internal journey as an artist so far.

The Bach cello suites are so challenging because, as Segev said, they are so simple and yet complex, so structured and yet so free. It is something that any great cellist is expected to accomplish.

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Published November 19, 2015
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