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YSM Commencement Concert to showcase the Class of 2016

chamber_music5On Sunday, May 22, the Yale School of Music presents its annual Commencement Concert, featuring a variety of performers selected from the Class of 2016. The event takes place at 4pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.

The concert will open with Mario Castelnuovo’s Capriccio Diabolico, performed by guitarist Solomon Silber. This will be followed by composer Katie Balch’s Whisper Music, scored for amplified solo double bass and distortion pedal and performed by Levi Jones.

Soprano Meechot Marrero and pianist Yevgeny Yontov will perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s Muero porque no muero, and two movements from Steve Reich’s Quartet will be performed by pianists Dominic Cheli, Yevgeny Yontov, and percussionists Jeffrey Stern and Matthew Keown.

The concert concludes with two movements from Leoš Janáček’s Mládí (Youth), scored for woodwind sextet. It will feature flutist Joanna Wu, oboist Ron Cohen Mann, clarinetist William Bixby Kennedy, bass clarinetist Kenta Akaogi, bassoonist Cornelia Sommer, and hornist Cody Halquist.

The concert is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed live online.
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Published May 18, 2016
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Guitar Chamber Music May 12 features a premiere by Max Lyman

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The Yale School of Music presents Guitar Chamber Music on ThursdayMay 12 at 7:30 pm. The recital will feature students in the guitar studio of Benjamin Verdery as they perform chamber works that feature the guitar in a variety of ensembles.

The first half of the program features three duos for guitar with other solo instruments. It begins with Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas for cello and guitar, followed by Paul Lansky’s Partita for percussion and guitar.

Current YSM student and a guitarist Max Lyman will premiere his duo Elevenses, scored for double bass and guitar, followed by Steve Goss’s American Pastoral and Antonio Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D major.

The concert takes place at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven), and is free and open to the public. The event will also stream live online.

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Published May 10, 2016
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“Conservatory Without Walls” on May 13 Celebrates Ellington Jazz Series

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Pictured: Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and Willie Ruff

The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music pays homage to its history on Friday, May 13 with an event titled “Conservatory Without Walls.” The event, which takes place at 7:30pm in Morse Recital Hall, pairs documentary film with an exciting live performance.

The first half of the event presents the film Conservatory Without Walls, a documentary originally created by WTIC Hartford about the eponymous event that Willie Ruff organized at Yale in 1972. That convocation of forty jazz legends directly led to the founding of the Ellington Jazz Series.

The 40-minute video, preserved by the Yale Film Study Center, includes interviews with figures such as Dizzy Gillespie and archival material of Duke Ellington — including clips of Willie Ruff playing bass with Ellington at the piano.

After intermission, eleven-year-old drum prodigy Kojo Odu Roney takes the stage with the Antoine Roney Trio: saxophonist Antoine Roney (Kojo’s father), guitarist Billy “Spaceman” Patterson, and bassist Rashaan Carter.

Willie Ruff, YSM faculty and the artistic director of the Ellington Jazz Series and the curator of this event, sees this evening in two lights: simultaneously portraying the legends of decades past, and introducing a young legend in the making, young drummer Kojo Odu Roney. This will be the last event of the 2015–2016 Ellington Jazz Series.

Tickets to this extraordinary event are only $10, $5 with student ID, and can be purchased from the Yale School of Music box office (470 College Street, New Haven), by phone at 203 432-4158, and online.

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Published May 2, 2016
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Peter Oundjian closes Philharmonia season with celestial program

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The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with conductor Peter Oundjian on FridayApril 29 at 7:30 pm. Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in its season closer featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C major, “Jupiter”, and Holst’s The Planets

Symphony No. 41 in C major, Mozart’s final symphony, was written within the same six-week period as Symphonies 39 and 40. The work is of unusually large scale for the classical period and is full of exuberance and humor, qualities which likely earned the work its “Jupiter” nickname. It is widely considered one of Mozart’s most innovative works and has been called “the greatest orchestral work of the world which proceeded the French Revolution” by music scholar Sir George Grove.

Holst‘s famous symphonic suite The Planets has enjoyed enduring popularity since the time of its premiere. Holst dedicates each of the work’s seven movements to one of the planets and it’s corresponding astrological character: Mars, the Bringer of War; Venus, the Bringer of Peace; Mercury, the Winged Messenger; Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity; Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age; Uranus, the Magician; and Neptune, the Mystic.  

The concert takes place at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $10, $5 for students; there is a $3 surcharge when purchasing at the door (after 4pm in Woolsey Hall).

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Published April 26, 2016
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Yale Opera brings Don Quixote to life May 6 & 7

Don-Quichotte-v2The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music presents an exciting new production of Jules Massenet’s Don Quichotte on May 6 and 7.

The production is directed by Linda Brovsky, who returns to Yale Opera for the second time. Timothy Shaindlin is the musical director.

The beloved character of Don Quixote attacks both windmills and high notes in this whimsical and touching opera about the power of the imagination and the quest for true love. With captivating melodies and a touch of Spanish flair, this short opera (clocking in at less than two hours) is a wonderful introduction to the genre for the tentative and the curious.

As conceived by stage directror Linda Brovsky, this production embraces the transformative power of reading and the imagination. With whimsical projections and oversized books on stage, this will be a haven for the literary.

Costume designer Rebecca Welles and lighting designer Doug Harry both return to Yale Opera’s creative team. Yana Biryukova, a Yale School of Drama student, is the projection designer

Both Friday and Saturday’s performances begin at 7:30 pm. The venue is Morse Recital hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

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Published April 18, 2016
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Collection presents Smithsonian Chamber Players April 10

Smithsonian_piano_trioThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the Smithsonian Chamber Players on Sunday, April 10 at 3pm.

The Smithsonian Chamber Players will perform an All-Beethoven Program including the Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 24, “Spring” and the Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. The ensemble will include Vera Beths, violin; and Kenneth Slowik, piano in the Violin Sonata, joined by Nicholas Cords, viola; Robert Nairn, double bass; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Dominic Teresi, bassoon; as well as the director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and YSM faculty member William Purvis, horn for the Septet. MORE

Published April 9, 2016
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With Pluck: Music for Harp April 8 & 10

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June Han, harp

The Yale School of Music continues its acclaimed Yale in New York Series on Sunday, April 10 with a program titled With Pluck: Music for Harp. The concert will feature YSM harp professor June Han alongside fellow faculty members and YSM student and alumni performers.

The program highlights YSM faculty harpist June Han and the Yale harp program. Han herself will perform Sequenza II by Luciano Berio. In the virtuosic solo work, Berio seeks to explore the capabilities of the instrument beyond its typical uses, which he describes as “seductive glissandi.”

Han will also team up with violinist Suliman Tekalli ’15 AD and cellist James Kim ’13 CERT for a performance of Henriette Renie‘s Trio for harp, violin, and cello, followed by Debussy‘s Sonata for flute, viola and harp with fellow YSM faculty members Ransom Wilson, flute, and Ettore Causa, viola.

The program will also present YSM students in a variety of works including Pasculli‘s Omaggio a Bellini for English horn and harp, and De Falla‘s Seven Popular Songs, sung by YSM artist diploma candidate Evanna Chiew, mezzo-soprano.

The concert takes place Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students with current ID, and are available through the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street & 7th Ave., New York City), online at www.carnegiehall.org, or CarnegieCharge: 212 247-7800.

There will also be a preview concert on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm, held at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall Street, New Haven) on the Yale campus. Admission to the preview concert is free.

Published April 6, 2016
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New Music New Haven features Kernis and Lang

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David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis

The New Music New Haven concert series at the Yale School of Music continues on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30pm, with the music of faculty members Aaron Jay Kernis and David Lang, along with new works by graduate student composers. MORE

Published April 6, 2016
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Aldo Parisot leads the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos on April 13

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Parisot conducting Yale Cellos

The Yale School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos in their popular annual concert on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 pm.

Aldo Parisot will lead the ensemble that he founded thirty-four years ago in a diverse program of music from the Baroque to present day, including the world premiere of “Parisot,” a three-movement work written for the Yale Cellos by Yale faculty composer Martin Bresnick. MORE

Published April 4, 2016
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Miami String Quartet performs April 5

Miami String Quartet

Miami String Quartet

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Miami String Quartet on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm. The quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Schulhoff, and Mendelssohn.

The program will open with Beethoven‘s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso,” which Beethoven initially composed to experiment with compositional techniques, never intending it for public performance. The resulting work contains the initial attempts at many techniques that Beethoven would come to perfect in his later works.

Next on the program is Schulhoff‘s Five Pieces for String Quartet, a neoclassical work that offers a glimpse into two eras by layering the spiky dissonances and rhythmic drive of the avant-garde atop an ornate baroque dance suite.    MORE

Published March 9, 2016
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