The Yale School of Music features the music of two of its faculty composers in a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, November 3, 2011. Guest performers, including the Double Entendre music ensemble and violinist Todd Reynolds, will perform works by faculty composers Martin Bresnick and Ingram Marshall. The concert will also include music by students in the School’s prestigious composition program.
Ingram Marshall’s “September Canons” for violin and electronics will be performed by soloist Todd Reynolds. Marshall’s music has been described as having “a quality of timeless lament, of inconsolable sorrow.” This piece is a meditation on the events of September 11, 2001.
Martin Bresnick’s “Going Home (Vysoke, My Jerusalem)” will be performed by Double Entendre, an ensemble comprising Christa Robinson, oboe; Yuki Numata, violin; Erin Wight, viola; and Brian Snow, cello. Bresnick, a serious oboist for many years, began writing the piece as a musical homecoming and found himself incorporating memories of his family’s former home in the Russian-Polish town of Vysoke.
The program will also include “What Beckons,” a languid duet for soprano and clarinet by Jordan Kuspa; “C,” a short piece for piano and vibraphone by Hannah Lash; the solo piano work “’Til it was dark,” written by Chris Rogerson and commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc; and the colorfully titled “Awaken Flamingo” for the equally colorful ensemble of alto flute, trumpet, marimba, and electric guitar by Fay Wang.
Composer Christopher Theofanidis is the artistic director of New Music New Haven.
The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.
For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.
ABOUT THE FEATURED COMPOSERS
Martin Bresnick is the Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Composition at the Yale School of Music. His music has been performed in festivals and concerts throughout the world, and he has been acclaimed for compositions in virtually every medium from chamber and symphonic music to film and computer music. His numerous honors including the Rome Prize, the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the first Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Aaron Copland Award for teaching from ASCAP, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has had commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm foundations, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Martin Bresnick’s compositions are published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, New York; Bote & Bock, Berlin; and CommonMuse Music Publishers, New Haven; and have been recorded by Cantaloupe, New World Records, Albany, Bridge, CRI, Centaur, and Artifact Music. He joined the Yale faculty in 1981 and is currently the coordinator of the composition department.
Ingram Marshall studied at Columbia University and California Institute of the Arts, where he received an M.F.A. He has been a student of Indonesian gamelan music, the influence of which may be heard in the slowed-down sense of time and use of melodic repetition found in many of his pieces. In recent years he has concentrated on music combining tape and electronic processing with ensembles and soloists. His music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as the Theater of Voices, Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and American Composers Orchestra. Ingram Marshall has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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