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Argus Quartet performs works by Yale faculty and alumni Feb. 2

Argus Quartet

Argus Quartet

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by the Argus Quartet, YSM’s fellowship quartet-in-residence on TuesdayFebruary 2 at 7:30 pmThe quartet will perform works which highlight the unique sounds that can be made by playing string instruments in unconventional ways. Among the composers featured will be YSM faculty member Christopher Theofanidis, and Andrew Norman ’09 AD.

The recital begins with Béla Bartók‘s String Quartet No. 4, which makes use of several extended techniques such as large glissandi, muted passages, and the famous “Bartok pizzicato,” in which the plucked string rebounds against the instrument’s fingerboard to create a loud slap.

Next, the quartet will continue with selections from Andrew Norman‘s Peculiar Strokes, which was premiered by the Argus Quartet in December 2015. Written to highlight and explore the unusual sounds that can be made with different types of bow strokes, the collection of miniature movements that make up Peculiar Strokes is an ongoing project to which Norman has been adding for several years. MORE

Published January 29, 2016
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Pianist Wai-Yin Wong presents music by Brahms, Haydn, and Schumann Feb. 3

Wai Yin WongPianist Wai-Yin Wong, a student in the Yale School of Music’s recently revised and highly selective Artist Diploma program, will give her degree recital on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 pm. Wong’s program features three major works for piano from Brahms, Haydn, and Schumann.

The recital begins with Haydn‘s elegant three-movement Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50, originally written for and dedicated to Therese Jansen Bartolozzi in 1794. The program continues with one of Brahms‘s best-loved and most popular late piano pieces, the Three Intermezzi, Op. 117. MORE

Published January 28, 2016
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William Christie appointed OAE Emeritus conductor

William Christie

William Christie

classical-music.com |By Elinor Cooper

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment have added American conductor William Christie ’69 MM to their prestigious list of Emeritus conductors.

The OAE have never had a permanent conductor, rejecting the usual hierarchy of an orchestra in favour of a democratic set up.

Conductors are instead invited to perform by members of the orchestra, which allows the OAE to take advantage of a huge range of expertise. MORE

Published January 28, 2016
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YSM students to perform at Kennedy Center on Feb. 19

kennedy1As part of the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, five YSM students will perform at the Kennedy Center on Friday, February 19.

For the Yale School of Music’s 2016 showcase, the Videnia Quintet will perform a wide-ranging program of original works and arrangements for woodwind quintet. The members of the quintet are flutist Felice Doynov ’17 MM; oboist Lydia Consilvio ’17 MM; clarinetist Bixby Kennedy ’16 MM; hornist Cody Halquist ’16 MM; and bassoonist Cornelia Sommer ’16 MM.

Their program will begin with György Ligeti‘s Six Bagatelles, originally written in 1953 for solo piano under the title Musica riservata. They continue with an arrangement by hornist Cody Halquist of Verdi‘s 1841 Overture to Nabucco, and will then perform an intricate work by YSM composition faculty Martin Bresnick titled Just Time. MORE

Published January 28, 2016
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Vivid Sections: Invisible Anatomy Take a Bold Stance on Classical Performance

Invisible Anatomy | Photo by Henry Chan

Invisible Anatomy | Photo by Henry Chan

Village Voice |

It begins much like any show at any small club in New York. Under glowing lights, the musicians, in casual clothing, take up their instruments. They smile at one another with a relaxed warmth; they acknowledge their audience. They begin to play.

It sounds like indie rock, familiar and pleasant. The singer’s voice is sweet and smooth. And then you notice: She’s not singing words, but making sounds that mimic actual lyrics. What started as a melody line is lasting too long and becoming strange. One of the players moves his body in a way that looks painful, then does something to his instrument that makes it sound like it’s breaking. It is otherworldly and uncanny. It is definitely not a rock concert.

This is Invisible Anatomy, a contemporary classical chamber ensemble. On January 28 they premiere a new evening-length work, Dissections, at National Sawdust, Brooklyn’s recently opened hub for experimental music. Like the venue, Invisible Anatomy aim to break down the barrier between pop and so-called New Music — and they want it to be fun. MORE

Published January 27, 2016
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Alison King ’14 MM takes first place in Met Opera Auditions, Upper Midwest Region

Alison King

Alison King

Soprano Alison King ’14 MM is a first place winner in the Upper Midwest Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She will advance to the national semi-final auditions, which take place on the Metropolitan Opera stage on March 6, 2016.

The Upper Midwest regional auditions took place January 24 in Minneapolis, Minn. MORE

Published January 27, 2016
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Chang Pan and Ronaldo Rolim to Perform at Carnegie Hall

pan rolimTwo Yale School of Music students, cellist Chang Pan and pianist Ronaldo Rolim, will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on February 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Both have appeared worldwide as soloists, recitalists, and chamber musicians, and will perform music ranging from Northern Europe to Asia.

The program will begin with Manuel de Falla’s Suite popular Española, a collection of seven Spanish folk songs originally written for voice and piano. The duo will then turn their attention to music of the French with one of César Franck’s best-known compositions, his Violin Sonata in A Major. The concert will proceed with music from China, starting with Festival Tianshan for cello solo by Wentao Jiang and Ling Cao, and will conclude with Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s largest chamber work, his Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36. MORE

Published January 26, 2016
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Career Strategies offers workshop on Financial Life After Yale for Musicians Feb. 1

Steve Blum

Steve Blum

Astrid Baumgardner, Director of Career Strategies, announces that Steve Blum will present a workshop on Financial Life After Yale for Musicians on Monday, February 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

In addition, Baumgardner will present a unit on how to generate revenues as a musician and create a financial plan. Attendees will receive relevant handouts, and a pizza dinner will be served.

This workshop will teach YSM students how to plan for the future; save and invest; improve their credit scores; and manage their taxes. Blum will discuss helpful rules of thumb and will illuminate terms such as ETFs, IRAs, HSAs, and Roth 401k plans. MORE

Published January 26, 2016
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CANCELED: Yale in New York Jan. 24

Due to the unexpected severity of the blizzard, the Yale in New York concert scheduled for Sunday, January 24 at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall has been canceled.

If you have purchased tickets to this concert, you will receive a refund at the point of purchase (in most cases, from Carnegie Hall).

Published January 23, 2016
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All events for Saturday, January 23 POSTPONED

Because of blizzard conditions, the following events scheduled for Saturday, January 23 have been postponed:

4:30 pm Ronaldo Rolim, piano
7:30 pm Andy Berry, bass

In addition, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music has postponed the following recitals:
5:00 pm Bradley Burgess, organ
7:30 pm David Simon, organ

All events will be rescheduled; please visit our event listings to check.

Published January 23, 2016
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