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Yale Opera presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February 2016

Rune Bergmann, conductor

Rune Bergmann, conductor

The Yale School of Music presents Yale Opera‘s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this coming February 19–21. One of the most frequently performed operas today, Benjamin Britten’s atmospheric opera is adapted from Shakespeare’s revered play of the same title.

The production will be directed by Claudia Solti, making her Yale Opera debut. Known for her work in theatre and film as well as opera, Solti previously directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2011 with conductor Valery Gergiev.

Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann will also make his Yale Opera debut. Currently music director of the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and the Fjord Cadenza Festival, Bergmann is considered “one of the most talented Scandinavian conductors” working today. MORE

Published December 17, 2015
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Music Talks at the Whitney presents Bartók with Argus Quartet Dec. 10

Argus Quartet

Argus Quartet

The next event in the Music Talks at the Whitney series will take place Thursday, Dec. 10 at 4 pm. Presented by the Yale School of Music and Whitney Humanities Center, the event will feature a performance of Bela Bartók‘s String Quartet No. 4 and a post-performance discussion.

The work will be performed by YSM’s fellowship quartet-in-residence, the Argus Quartet: Jason Issokson, Clara Kim, violins; Diana Wade, viola; and Joann Whang, cello. Michael Friedmann, a member of the faculty of both the School of Music and the Department of Music, will introduce the piece. MORE

Published December 7, 2015
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Violinist Kevin Lawrence gives master class Nov. 17

lawrence_kevinKevin Lawrence, a violinist and a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will give a master class at Yale on Tuesday, November 17. The class takes place 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Kevin Lawrence has been praised for his “vibrant intensity” (The Times, London) and playing “supremely convincing in its vitality” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). He has performed in the United States and Europe in such venues as Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and in Houston, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Rome, Prague, Bucharest, Sofia, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam, where the Dutch press described him as “simply miraculous” (Het Vaderland). In the fall of 2003 he made an extensive recital tour of Europe, including concert appearances in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy. MORE

Published November 16, 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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eighth blackbird visits Yale for master class Oct. 19, concert Oct. 20

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eighth blackbird

The Yale School of Music is honored to welcome the Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird on October 19 and 20 for a concert as well as a talk and master class.

The first event, combining a master class and talk, takes place Monday, Oct. 19 and is free and open to the public. This precedes the sextet’s performance on Tuesday, Oct. 20, which features music by the Yale alumni composer collective Sleeping Giant. Both events take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Master Class & Talk

On Monday, Oct. 19, eighth blackbird will coach YSM students in two classic pieces of the chamber repertoire, Igor Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. The master class will focus on theatrical elements such as movement, choreography, stage presence, visual communication, and other elements. MORE

Published October 14, 2015
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Piano Master Class Series 2015-16

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Yoheved Kaplinsky

The Piano Master Class Series at YSM is under way for the 2015–16 season. The series gives piano students at Yale valuable opportunities to perform in piano master classes given by our internationally renowned faculty and visiting artists.

The 2015–16 Series began with two members of the YSM Faculty: on September 24 with Wei-Yi Yang and October 1 with Boris Berman. Upcoming for the fall semester are master classes with faculty members Peter Frankl, Melvin Chen, and Hung-Kuan Chen, as well as visiting artists Yves Henry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Amy Lin.

Most master classes take place Thursdays in Morse Recital Hall at 10:30 am. Arrangements can be made for audience members who wish to attend these classes; there is no charge. Interested audience members should send an email in advance.

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Published October 14, 2015
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Yale Opera presents its annual Fall Scenes November 7 & 8

Photo by Matt Fried

Photo by Matt Fried

The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music presents its annual Fall Opera Scenes on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 pm. Each performance features a different selection of scenes from diverse operas.

A favorite of local audiences, the annual Fall Opera Scenes production will showcase the voice students of the highly selective Yale Opera program, which is directed by Doris Yarick-Cross.

This autumn’s production will also feature the work of stage director Marc Verzatt and musical directors Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin. John Carver Sullivan provides costume design, and Doug Harry is the lighting designer. MORE

Published October 13, 2015
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Yale School of Music presents prima ballerina in performance and conversation

Uliana Lopatkina, the highly celebrated prima ballerina at the Kirov Ballet/Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, will visit the Yale School of Music for a residency Oct. 13–15. There will be three events highlighting Lopatkina’s distinguished career, and all are free and open to the public.

All events will also stream live on the School of Music’s website and will take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall, 470 College St.

The residency will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 with a lecture-demonstration. Lopatkina will discuss and demonstrate topics and technical issues that surround a ballet dancer’s career. This event will also include a question-and-answer session.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, at 12:30 p.m. Lopatkina will participate in a conversation with Emily Coates, director of the Dance Studies curriculum at Yale, and Christopher Theofanidis, a member of the Yale School of Music composition faculty. MORE

Published October 6, 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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Yongyan Hu presents “Decoding Beethoven” June 18 at Yale Center Beijing

Yongyan Hu

Yongyan Hu

The Light and Truth – Meet the Artist Series presents “Decoding Beethoven,” a lecture/performance featuring Hu Yongyan, on June 18 at 7:00 pm. Maestro Hu, artistic director of the Orchestra Academy at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, will present a lecture/performance called “Decoding Beethoven”

Maestro Hu will give a talk about the fundamental qualities of music. The talk will focus primarily on Beethoven’s work, as his music is known for being profound and courageous. Through live music performance, Maestro Hu will explain the basic elements of music and help the audience cultivate a lifelong appreciation for the joys that music brings. MORE

Published June 8, 2015
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