Achievements celebrated at annual Honors Dinner

Carol Colburn Grigor, recipient of the Samuel Simons Sanford Award

Left to right: Benjamin Polak, Peter Salovey, Samuel Simons Sanford Award winner Carol Colburn Grigor, and Robert Blocker

The Yale School of Music held its annual Honors Dinner on Sunday, May 7, welcoming students and alumni, faculty and staff, and distinguished guests to the Yale Commons for an evening of celebration. After thanking recently retired staff members for their service and acknowledging the University officers who were in attendance, YSM Dean Robert Blocker presented Carol Colburn Grigor ’69MMA CBE with the School’s highest honor, the Samuel Simons Sanford Award. Grigor, Blocker, said, “is one of America’s most generous … most thoughtful philanthropists.” Composer and former Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills congratulated Grigor via video.

Willie Ruff, recipient of the Nathan Hale Award

Left to right: Benjamin Polak, Peter Salovey, Nathan Hale Award recipient Willie Ruff, and Robert Blocker

Dean Blocker, with University President Peter Salovey and Yale Provost Benjamin Polak at his side, presented longtime YSM professor Willie Ruff ’53BM ’54MM, who will retire at the end of the semester, with the University’s prestigious Nathan Hale Award. “He’s changed all our lives,” Blocker said, before attendees were shown a video tribute to Ruff’s life and work. In a nod to the man who indirectly inspired him decades ago to study at YSM, Ruff said, “I thank, most of all, Charlie Parker.” The jazz office in the Yale School of Music’s Adams Center for Musical Arts was recently named in Ruff’s honor.

Left to right: Benjamin Polak, Peter Salovey, Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award winner Warren Lee, and Robert Blocker

Blocker presented the Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award to pianist Warren Lee ’00MM and the Cultural Leadership Citation to retiring Yale Collection of Musical Instruments curator William Nicholas Renouf ’71MMA. The Collection’s director, William Purvis, accepted the Citation on behalf of Renouf, who was unable to attend the Honors Dinner. Before presenting student prizes, Blocker referenced an impressive number of awards and successes earned and realized this year by students, faculty, and staff. He recognized longtime YSM faculty pianist Peter Frankl, who plans to retire in the fall, for his dedication to the School community.

At the end of the evening, Blocker told the students in attendance, “Claim the future. It belongs to you. You will make us better.” What follows is a list of the student prizes awarded during YSM’s 2017 Honors Dinner. MORE

Published May 9, 2017
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Faculty Artists Kyung Yu, violin, & Elizabeth Parisot, piano, perform at Yale Nov. 6

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The Yale School of Music presents a recital by Kyung Yu, violin, and Elizabeth Parisot, piano, on Wednesday, November 6 at 8 pm. The event is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in concerts that are free and open to the public. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Yu and Parisot perform together extensively, having given numerous recitals throughout Connecticut and Pennsylvania and in concert tours of Korea and Italy. They have recorded the Strauss and Prokofiev sonatas and appeared on Albany Records in The Music of Ezra Laderman. With cellist Ole Akahoshi, they performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Yale Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Shinik Hahm.

Their concert on November 6 opens with two sontas for violin and piano: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in G major, and Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in G major. After intermission, they will play Tchaikovsky’s Serenade Melancolique  and Bartok’s virtuosic Rhapsody No. 1 (1928). MORE

Published October 10, 2013
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Kyung Yu and Elizabeth Parisot perform together March 3

Concert features music by Bach, Strauss, Prokofiev, and Saint-Saëns

Kyung Yu, violin

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Kyung Yu and pianist Elizabeth Parisot on Sunday, March 3 at 8 pm. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

The event was originally scheduled for February 8, and was rescheduled because of that day’s snowstorm .

The program will open with Bach’s Sonata in E major for keyboard and violin, followed by Strauss’s Sonata for violin and piano, a piece noted for its lyrical beauty and technical demands of both violinist and pianist.

The second half of the concert opens with Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80. The evening will conclude with Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Capriccioso, Op. 28.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published February 28, 2013
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Ole Akahoshi and Elizabeth Parisot perform together at Yale Feb. 20

Program includes music of Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by Ole Akahoshi, cello, and Elizabeth Parisot, piano, on Wednesday, February 20 at 8 pm.The concert is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which presents members of the YSM faculty in programs that are free and open to the public.

The program opens with J.S. Bach’s Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D major, BVW 1028, and continues with Beethoven’s Sonata for piano and cello in D major, Op. 102, No. 2.

Mendelssohn’s Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 58, will conclude the evening. Of the four movements in Mendelssohn’s sonata, the Adagio reflects Bach’s influence in its rich piano arpeggios and recitative-style cello passages.

Admission to the performance is free. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published February 13, 2013
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Violinist Kyung Yu and pianist Elizabeth Parisot perform Feb. 8th

Concert features music by Bach, Strauss, and Saint-Saëns

UPDATE 2/8/2013: Because of the snowstorm, this concert has been postponed to Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 8 pm.

Kyung Yu, violin

New Haven, CT |The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Kyung Yu and pianist Elizabeth Parisot on Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 8 pm. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

The program will open with Bach’s Sonata in E major for keyboard and violin, a work that is less known than his sonatas for solo violin. Following the Bach will be Strauss’s Sonata for violin and piano, a piece noted for its lyrical beauty and technical demands of both violinist and pianist.

The evening will close will close with Saint-Saëns’s popular Havanaise, inspired by the dance form of the same name that developed in Cuba from African rhythms.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published January 25, 2013
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Ole Akahoshi & Elizabeth Parisot perform May 4

Faculty Artist Series presents its last concert of the season

The Yale School of Music presents the cellist Ole Akahoshi and the pianist Elizabeth Parisot in concert on Friday, May 4. The concert, which takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, will mark the close of the 2011–2012 season for the Faculty Artist Series.

Akahoshi and Parisot will open with music from the Romantic period: Felix Mendelssohn’s youthful Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17, and Johannes Brahms’s expansive Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38.

The second half of the concert explores music of France and Spain, beginning with the Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 123, by Camille Saint-Saëns. The evening concludes with Manuel de Falla’s Suite populaire Espagnole, a set of six popular Spanish songs arranged for cello and piano.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free.

For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published April 23, 2012
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Longtime duo of Kyung Yu and Elizabeth Parisot performs Nov. 2

The Yale School of Music presents violinist Kyung Yu and pianist Elizabeth Parisot in a Faculty Artist Recital on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Yu and Parisot, a longtime duo who have performed together in the United States, Italy, and Korea, will play music from Mozart to Ravel. The recital will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Yu and Parisot, who are both alumnae of the School of Music and current members of its faculty, will open the concert will open with Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major, K. 378. They will then play works written in the early twentieth century that often sound like the music of earlier times.

Ravel’s Violin Sonata in G Major (1923–27) ranges from a classically-structured opening to a bluesy second movement to a virtuosic finale. Respighi, best known for his colorful orchestral works, wrote his Violin Sonata in B minor (1917) in the Romantic tradition. “Perhaps it was the fact that he was himself an excellent violinist and pianist,” writes Charlie Niven, “that allowed Respighi to write such a powerful work.”

The program will conclude with music of Fritz Kreisler, one of the foremost violin virtuosos of his day: the Praeludium and Allegro; Caprice Viennois; and Danse Espagnole, from Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve. MORE

Published October 14, 2011
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Tokyo String Quartet and guests give a benefit concert for Japan April 11

The Yale School of Music presents the distinguished Tokyo String Quartet and guest artists in a special benefit concert for Japan earthquake relief on Monday, April 11 at 8 pm in Battell Chapel (corner of College and Elm Streets, New Haven). The Tokyo Quartet, currently celebrating its fortieth season as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976. The Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”

The Tokyo Quartet will open the concert with a movement from Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K. 421, and will also play the second movement of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, Op. 11, better known as Barber’s Adagio for strings. Also performing on the program will be colleagues from the Yale School of Music faculty: violinists Syoko Aki, Ani Kavafian, and Wendy Sharp; violist Ettore Causa, cellist Ole Akahoshi, and pianist Elizabeth Parisot.

As part of its ongoing residence at the Yale School of Music, the Tokyo Quartet mentors young chamber ensembles. The Linden String Quartet, the current graduate quartet-in-residence and the winner of numerous competitions, will perform a movement from Schumann’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, no. 1, and will join the Tokyo Quartet in excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20. Please check back for updates in the concert program.

Said Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music: “This concert – presented at the request of the Tokyo String Quartet – is a musical tribute to our longstanding friendship, an offering of hope and solace to families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured, and an opportunity for our community to acknowledge and experience the sanctity of art as a life force.”

As the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan continue to unfold, outside support continues to play a crucial role in supporting affected people. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Red Cross, whose extensive efforts are providing relief for survivors across Japan. Read more about its response here. The concert is part of the ongoing response of the Yale community to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. To find out about other activities planned as part of this effort, go to relief.yale.edu.

The suggested donation for tickets is $20, $10 for students; all amounts are accepted. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu, call 203 432-4158, or visit the Yale School of Music concert office in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven.

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Published March 30, 2011
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Faculty artist duo of Kyung Yu and Elizabeth Parisot performs March 25

Program will feature Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata, plus music of Handel, Saint-Saëns

Mar. 10, 2011 | The Yale School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Recital with violinist Kyung Yu and pianist Elizabeth Parisot on Friday, March 25, at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). Yu and Parisot, a longtime duo in the repertoire for violin and piano, will perform music of Beethoven, Handel, and Saint-Saëns.

The concert will open with Handel’s Violin Sonata in D major, HWV 371, and will continue with Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata in A major, Op. 47. The Beethoven sonata has long inspired other artists, beginning with Leo Tolstoy, whose novella The Kreutzer Sonata in turn inspired a painting, a play, and several film adaptations, as well as Leoš Janáček’s first string quartet. The sonata was named for Rodolphe Kreutzer, one of the finest violinists of his time, although he never performed the piece that Beethoven dedicated to him.

Yu and Parisot will conclude the program with two works by Camille Saint-Saëns: the Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75, and the virtuosic Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28.
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Published March 10, 2011
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Ole Akahoshi and Elizabeth Parisot play cello sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert Jan. 31

Clarinetist David Shifrin joins for the Brahms Clarinet Trio

Elizabeth Parisot and Ole Akahoshi performing at Convocation in October 2010.

The Yale School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Recital by Ole Akahoshi, cello, and Elizabeth Parisot, piano, on Monday, January 31, at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The performers, who are both members of the School of Music faculty as well as graduates of the School, will be joined by a third faculty member, clarinetist David Shifrin.

The concert of Romantic works will open with Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A major, Op. 69, and will continue with Schubert’s Cello Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (originally written for a six-stringed instrument called the arpeggione but most often played today on cello or viola).

Clarinetist David Shifrin will join the duo to perform Brahms’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A minor, Op. 114. Of the piece, the composer’s friend Eusebius Mandyczewski wrote, “It is as though the instruments were in love with each other.” MORE

Published January 14, 2011
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