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Hollywood film composer Thomas Newman releases collaborative album with Rick Cox

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Thomas Newman, composer

Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM and Rick Cox released the album 35 Whirlpools Below Sound on Cold Blue Music in October. This jointly composed and performed collection of 19 electro-acoustic works has been slowly developing over time. Newman, a 12-time Oscar nominee and six-time Grammy winner, and noted new-music composer/performer Rick Cox have been collaborating for 25 years.

The music has been called both enigmatic and eclectic, exploring a somewhat improvisational world through its series of sometimes interlinked, sometimes contrasting pieces built of often mysterious and fantastical juxtapositions of sounds.

Newman is a highly regarded film-music composer (WALL-E, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty) who has also written non-film-related works for such ensembles as the Kronos Quartet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While at Yale, Newman studied with Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie, and Robert Moore. MORE

Published October 28, 2014
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Raul Garcia appointed principal viola of Colombia’s National Symphony Orchestra

Raul Garcia, viola

Raul Garcia, viola

Raúl García ’09MM, ’10AD was recently appointed principal viola in the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. A native of Colombia, García currently serves on the viola faculties at Fundación Juan N. Corpas and Central University in Bogotá. He also performs regularly with the Macondo Chamber Players.

Garcia expressed his gratitude toward his teachers and mentors from the Yale School of Music. “I want to acknowledge Yale’s great viola professor, Ettore Causa. Once I heard Ettore’s sound it never left my soul and it keeps inspiring my viola playing beyond imagination.” He also wishes to recognize Syoko Aki, Dean Blocker, the Tokyo String Quartet and the late Jesse Levine.

One of the most active orchestras in Colombia, the National Symphony Orchestra of Columbia was founded in 2003, yet has operated under various other titles since the 1950’s. The orchestra is located in Columbia’s capital city, Bogotá.

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Published October 21, 2014
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Rubin Institute announces 2014 writing fellows, including four from Yale

San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) announced this week the names of the 17 young writers participating in the public and private events comprising the 2014 Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. Taking place in San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area November 5–10, 2014, the biennial Institute, now in its second season, is devoted to the advancement of classical music criticism and aims to be a positive force in the art of writing and talking about music, as well as a catalyst in sparking dialogue on the topic.

The fellows from the Yale School of Music are Jacob Ashworth, Fiona Last, Daniel Schlosberg, and Scarlett Tong Zuo.

Birgit Hottenrott, Executive Director of the Rubin Institute, welcomed the Rubin Fellows, saying: “It is with pleasure that I introduce the 2014 Rubin Institute Fellows. With various musical backgrounds encompassing studies in oboe, violin, guitar, cello, piano, composing, conducting, recording engineering, musicology, music history and singing, these young writers will bring an eagerness to both enhance their skills in the craft of writing music and to express their generation’s perspectives on the art of music criticism.” MORE

Published October 21, 2014
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Harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn performs music old and new Oct. 9

Colleen Potter ThorburnThe Yale School of Music presents a solo recital by harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Thorburn’s recital is the culmination of her studies toward the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree.

The recital embraces opposites: Baroque pieces originally written for harpsichord and arranged for harp, French impressionistic pieces that are often associated with the harp; and a piece written to explore harp’s virtuosic potential and unexpected capabilities.

Thorburn opens with her own arrangements of two French Baroque works originally written for keyboard. Couperin’s “Les Baricades mistérieuses” will be followed by Rameau’s “L’Egyptienne.” MORE

Published October 2, 2014
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Alumni duo New Morse Code receives grant from Chamber Music America

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New Morse Code

The cello/percussion duo New Morse Code has been awarded a 2014 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America. The duo — made up of percussionist Michael Compitello ’09MM, ’12MMA and cellist Hannah Collins ’08MM, ’09AD — will work with composer Christopher Stark on a new piece for cello, percussion, and electronics.

The grant will support the creation of this new piece, which will be premiered in the 2015–2016 season. Called The Language of Landscapes, Stark’s composition will leverage the unique sonic terrain of cello and percussion—transforming real and imagined landscapes into compelling musical spaces.

The journey created in the piece will begin with Michael’s Southwest desert home, traveling through the deciduous hills of upstate New York (Hannah’s home) and finally towards the wide sky of Christopher’s northern Rockies.

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Published October 1, 2014
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In memoriam: composer Francisco F. Feliciano

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Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano ’79 MMA, ’84 DMA

Seventy-three-year-old Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano 79’MMA, 84’DMA passed away after a long battle with cancer on Friday, September 19. He is considered one of the Philippines’ most important composers and was one of Asia’s leading composers in liturgical music.

Dr. Feliciano was given membership to the Order of National Artists for Music in June earlier this year in The Philippines. Dr. Feliciano was commissioned to write the opera “Amy,” a historical war account set in Leyte province, at the time he received the award. The Order is the highest state honor conferred on individuals deemed to have done much for their artistic field. MORE

Published September 30, 2014
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Alumnus Benjamin Gordon to write new children’s opera for Staatsoper Hamburg

Gordon_BenjaminBenjamin Gordon ’00MM has been commissioned to write a new opera for children for the Staatsoper Hamburg, Germany. “The Sindbadventurers,” based on an original story by Francis Hüsers, will be directed by Nicola Panzer. The premiere will take place February 8, 2015, with Gordon leading the performances.

Benjamin Gordon studied conducting with Lawrence Leighton Smith. After completing his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, he began his conducting career in Germany. He has worked with publishers Boosey & Hawkes and Music Sales on revised versions of stage works in their catalogs. MORE

Published September 23, 2014
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Alumnus Enrico Sartori wins Principal Flute position with Opéra de Lyon

sartori_enricoEnrico Sartori ’05MM has won the position of Principal Flute in the Opéra de Lyon.

Italian flutist Enrico Sartori maintains an intense concert schedule as a soloist in Europe and the U.S. At the beginning of the 2009 season, Mr. Sartori made his Carnegie Hall debut as a winner of the Artist International Competition. His performance at Weill Recital Hall received an unanimous standing ovation. MORE

Published September 17, 2014
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Yang Jiao wins second place in Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales in Bucharest

YANG_JiaoYang Jiao ’12MM took second place in the fifth International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales. The competition took place September 1–5, 2014 in Bucharest, Romania.

On September 6, all three finalists conducted the George Enescu Philhamonic Bucharest in the opening concert of the Enescu International Competition. Yang and the other finalists will conduct future concerts with orchestras in Romania, Poland, and Serbia. MORE

Published September 15, 2014
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Violin alumnus Moni Simeonov appointed Director of String Studies at CSU Long Beach

simeonov_moniMoni Simeonov ’06 MM, ’07 AD was selected as Director of String Studies at California State University at Long Beach. He also serves on the university’s violin faculty.

Simeonov is currently pursuing doctoral studies at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where he studies with Midori and serves as Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Chamber Music. An active member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Simeonov also performs with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Opera, Master Chorale, Ensemble San Francisco, and serves as the acting Concertmaster for the Sacramento Philharmonic. MORE

Published September 12, 2014
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