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New Music New Haven features Martin Bresnick’s multimedia, anti-war piece Caprichos Enfáticos

bresnick_vThe Yale School of Music features composer Martin Bresnick in a New Music New Haven concert at 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 2 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The program highlights Bresnick’s Caprichos Enfáticos: Los Desastres de la Guerra (Emphatic Caprices: The Disasters of War), a piece that laments the excesses and tragedies of war by integrating devastating interpolated DVD projections, created by Johanna Bresnick, based on Francisco Goya’s book of etchings Los Destastres de la Guerra. Pianist Lisa Moore and the acclaimed ensemble So Percussion will perform this multimedia work.

The program also includes works by Yale graduate student composers: a work by Ted Hearne for brass quintet, three oboes, and two bassoons; Andrew Norman’s Lost Time for solo piano, performed by the composer; Polina Nazaykinskaya‘s Three Songs for mezzo-soprano, described as three fairy tales based on lyrics by Russian poet Alexander Blok; and Naftali Schindler’s Violin Duet, a work incorporating the harmonics of Tuvan throat singing as well as the influence of Jewish klezmer music.

Admission to New Music New Haven is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website,, or call 203 432-4158.

Martin Bresnick was born in New York City in 1946 and his principal teachers of composition include György Ligeti, John Chowning, and Gottfried von Einem. Presently Professor of Composition and Coordinator of the Composition Department at the Yale School of Music, he has also taught at many prestigious schools including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music. In 2006 he was elected to membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Mr. Bresnick's compositions cover a wide range of instrumentation, from chamber music to symphonic compositions and computer music. His orchestral and chamber music has been performed by ensembles around the world. He has received many prizes including a Fulbright Fellowship, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Elise L. Stoeger Prize for Chamber Music, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


Yale School of Music presents
New Music New Haven
Martin Bresnick, featured faculty composer

Bresnick: Caprichos Enfáticos
Ted Hearne:  music for brass quintet, three oboes, and two bassoons
Andrew Norman: Lost Time for solo piano
Polina Nazaykinskaya: Three Songs for mezzo-soprano
Naftali Schindler: Violin Duet

Date/time:    Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Venue:    Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall
470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets:    Free
Phone/web:    203 432-4158 •