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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

New Morse Code

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

Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano

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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Andy Akiho ’11 MM wins ACO’s Underwood Emerging Composer Commission

akiho_h_webComposer Andy Akiho has been named the winner of the American Composers Orchestra’s 2014 Annual Underwood Emerging Composers Commission. Chosen from seven finalists during ACO’s 23rd annual Underwood New Music Readings in April, Akiho will receive $15,000 for a work to be premiered by ACO in a future season.

The Underwood Commission is one of the most coveted opportunities for emerging composers in the United States. Akiho won the prize with his work Tarnished Mirrors.

ACO music director George Manahan said, “When the musicians of ACO and I performed Andy Akiho’s Tarnished Mirrors, we discovered a work of intense pulse – music with syncopations, cross-rhythms, and metric modulations. His clarity of orchestration reflected a deep understanding of idiomatic writing for the individual instruments and an original palette of colors. We look forward to performing a new commissioned work of Andy’s next season.” MORE

Published September 10, 2014
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Andy Berry ’16MM wins prize from Dell’Arte Opera

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Andy Berry, left, as Figaro with Opera Theater of Yale College

Andy Berry ’14BS, ’16MM was selected for the top award in the Osgood/dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Participation Prizes.

The announcement noted, “Mr. Berry has been the incarnation of reliability in every way, from bedrock-solid musicality and preparation to his ever-ready supply of physical wit and inventiveness. He never failed to deliver and indeed to surprise in rehearsal as each of his featured roles was addressed for the first time. His sensual bass anchored every ensemble in TWO operas in both rehearsal and performance”

The announcement concluded: “It is astounding every day to realize anew that this singer is only 22 years old; he works and delivers like a completely seasoned professional. It is thrilling to contemplate the career that lies ahead of him.”

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Published September 9, 2014
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Jeremy Grall ’99 MM appointed to guitar faculty at Birmingham-Southern College

grall_jeremyGuitarist Jeremy Grall ’99 MM was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Birmingham-Southern College. In the a tenure-track appointment, he will teach courses in classical guitar and musicology.

Jeremy earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Memphis in 2009, where he is also currently a PhD candidate (ABD) in Historical Musicology. Prior to this appointment, Jeremy was on the faculty at Sam Houston State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Nashville State Community College. MORE

Published September 2, 2014
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