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Suliman Tekalli joins Catalyst String Quartet

Catalyst Quartet

Catalyst Quartet

The Catalyst Quartet announced in January that Suliman Tekalli ’16 AD has been named the newest member of the ensemble. He replaces Jessie Montgomery, who left to devote her time to composing.

Tekalli will rotate first and second violin parts with Karla Donehew-Perez. Winner of the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition, he brings a wealth of solo and chamber music experience to the quartet. MORE

Published February 2, 2016
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Yale Percussion Group Featured on Recording of James Wood’s “Cloud-Polyphonies”

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Yale Percussion Gruop

The renowned Yale Percussion Group, directed by Robert van Sice, is featured on the upcoming album Cloud-Polyphonies from British composer James Wood.

NMC Recordings will release the album on February 19, 2016. In addition to the YPG’s recording of the percussion sextet Cloud-Polyphonies, the record also includes Wood’s Tongues of Fire for symphonic chorus and percussion quartet, written for the 140th anniversary of the Yale Glee Club. MORE

Published February 1, 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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David Lang, Thomas Newman receive Oscar nominations

David Lang, composer

David Lang, composer

Two composers who studied at YSM are among the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards: David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA, a member of the Yale composition faculty, and Thomas Newman ’77 BA, ’78 MM, a widely respected film composer.

David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA, a member of the composition faculty, was nominated in the category of Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) for the “Simple Song No. 3” from the movie Youth. Lang wrote the music and lyrics; during the lead-up to the Golden Globes (for which he was also nominated), he spoke to The Atlantic about his “unusual text-assembly method” — using Google searches to suggest phrases. MORE

Published January 21, 2016
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Opera by An-Lun Huang ’86 MM receives world premiere in Tianjin

huang-opera-webYue Fei, the grand opera composed by An-Lun “Aaron” Huang ’86 MM in 1985, received its world premiere in the Tianjin Grand Theatre, China, on November 27, 2015. The work was Huang’s dissertation at Yale, and the premiere closed a thirty-year journey.

The four-act opera is based on the historical tragedy of the general Yue Fei in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279). The performance, presented by the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, involved more than 300 performers.

The Chinese magazine Opera featured the opera’s conductor, Maestro Xiao-Ying Zheng, on its cover; Maestro Zheng, to whom the opera is dedicated, led a concert performance of Yue Fei in 2013 and conducted the world premiere in November. Zheng is the former music director of the Central Opera House in Beijing, China. MORE

Published January 7, 2016
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Antonio Underwood ’87 MM receives Fulbright, helps create jazz program in Serbia

Antonio Underwood '87 MM

Antonio Underwood ’87 MM

Antonio Underwood ’87 MM received a Fulbright that will allow him to travel to Serbia, where he will assist and collaborate in developing of a jazz program at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.

In addition, Underwood completed a large work, Tone Poem VI, which released on the CD Wondering Places last spring. He is working on his ninth CD, Third Eye Continuum, to be released on Tone East Music this spring.

Tone East Music is Underwood’s own label, which he created after years as performer and orchestrator. Tone East Music LLC was founded “as a multifaceted production house specializing in the development, production, and publishing of songs and music underscoring for visual multi-media and CD distribution worldwide.” MORE

Published January 4, 2016
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Canata Profana honored by Chamber Music America

Cantata Profana

Cantata Profana

Cantata Profana, the New York-based vocal chamber ensemble founded by YSM alumnus Jacob Ashworth ’13 MM, ’14 MMA, was honored at this year’s Chamber Music America Conference Awards with a prize for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

In addition to Ashworth, the theatrical and versatile ensemble is also home to several other YSM alumni, including Hannah Collins, cello; Arash Noori, guitar; Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet; Lee Dionne, keyboard; Doug Perry, percussion; Annie Rosen, voice; Daniel Schlosberg, piano; and John Taylor Ward, voice, as well as Ethan Heard, a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

Cantata Profana is one of three ensemble and four presenters that have been selected to receive the prestigious award, which will be presented by Cia Toscanini, vice president of concert music for ASCAP, at the Chamber Music America National Conference on Sunday, January 10, 2016. MORE

Published December 15, 2015
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Yale Opera alumni make Met debuts

Mireille Asselin

Mireille Asselin

Four alumni of the Yale Opera program are making their Metropolitan Opera debuts this season. On the season’s opening night on September 21, tenor Chad Shelton ’96 MM, ’97 AD made his Met debut as Rodrigo in Otello (Verdi).

On December 4, soprano Mireille Asselin sang the role of Adele on the opening night of Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss). The New York Times praised the “young Canadian coloratura soprano with a light, sweet voice and abundant charm,” and the New York Classical Review said she “stole the evening.” MORE

Published December 8, 2015
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Alumni receive Grammy nominations

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Darrell Ang

Several Yale School of Music alumni were among the musicians nominated for Grammy Awards. The nominations for the 2016 awards were announced Monday, December 7.

In the category of Best Orchestral Performance, conductor Darrell Ang ’08 MM was nominated for his recording of Zhou Long and Chen Yi’s Symphony Humen 1839. The recording, which featured the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, was released on the Naxos label.

In the category of Best Choral Performance was Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings, recorded on Harmonia Mundi with Craig Hella Johnson ’90 MMA, ’95 DMA leading the ensemble Conspirare.

Brad Wells ’05 DMA and the vocal octet Roomful Of Teeth were nominated in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Render, released on New Amsterdam Records. There are numerous YSM alumni among the members of Roomful of Teeth. MORE

Published December 7, 2015
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