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From the Archives: Composer David Stanley Smith

1938-03-15_stanleysmith_webDavid Stanley Smith spent much of his musical life at Yale, where he studied with Horatio Parker and was friends with Charles Ives. Later in his career, he taught music history at the university. In 1920, he succeeded his old mentor Parker as dean of the School of Music and conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (when it was closely integrated with the university). MORE

Published April 16, 2009
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Music at Yale magazine now available online

Music at Yale 2008-09The Yale School of Music’s annual publication, Music at Yale, has released its first online issue.  The 2008-09 issue of the magazine highlights Denise and Stephen Adams, donors who have transformed the Yale School of Music with their generosity. An article by Susan Hawkshaw traces the career of the legendary Aldo Parisot, who this year celebrates his fiftieth year on the School of Music faculty.

Other featured news items include the Philharmonia’s first tour of Asia in July 2008, the new alumniVentures program, the 2008 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Messiaen Centenary Celebration in December 2008, and announcements of events such as the 2009 Symposium on Music in Schools and the new Yale Institute for Music Theatre. As in previous issues, the magazine also includes student, alumni, and faculty news, music briefs, and many other items about the Yale School of Music.

View the 2008-09 issue of Music at Yale here.

Published April 15, 2009
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An evening of Italian songs by Yale Opera

Morse Recital Hall

The Yale School of Music presents a spring Liederabend on Monday, April 27, at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St, New Haven). Students of Yale Opera will offer an evening of the finest Italian songs from across three centuries, including selections by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Mascagni, Pizzetti, and many others. Timothy Shaindlin is the musical director and accompanist of this concert. Doris Yarick-Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published April 14, 2009
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Chad Burrow ’01MM appointed professor of clarinet at University of Michigan

Chad Burrow, clarinet

Chad Burrow ’01MM has been appointed to the prestigious position of professor of clarinet at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The winner of prizes and awards from the 2001 Young Concert Artist International Competition in New York City, the 2000 Woolsey Hall Competition, the 2000 Artist International Competition, and the 1997 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the European press has said that Chad Burrow performs with “brilliant technique and tonal beauty mixed with an expressive ferocity.” In a summer of 2007 review, the Danish critic Henrik Svane went on to describe a Burrow performance as virtuosity, energy, and power without compromise. It is no surprise that Burrow was the only American clarinetist invited to participate in the 2003 Munich Competition. MORE

Published April 14, 2009
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Chamber Music Society presents competition winners


The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents the winning ensembles of the Yale School of Music’s 2009 Chamber Music Competition in a performance on Tuesday, April 28, at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). This showcase for the School’s renowned chamber music program will feature the trio Contrasts by the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, with Benjamin Charmot, violin, Sergiy Dvornichenko, clarinet, and Wei-Jen Yuan, piano;  the Sextet for Winds and Piano by French composer Francis Poulenc, with Itay Lantner, flute, Carl Oswald, oboe, Xiaoting Ma, clarinet, Jeremy Friedland, bassoon, Leelanee Sterrett, horn, and Jason Wirth, piano; and Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25, by Johannes Brahms, featuring Anastasia Metla, violin, Mathilde Geismar Roussel, viola, Mo Mo, cello, and Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto, piano. MORE

Published April 8, 2009
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Berman offers poetic recital on April 23


The Yale School of Music presents a Horowitz Piano Series recital by pianist Boris Berman at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 23 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. Praised by the New York Times for his “poetical refinement and intense musicality,” Berman will perform music by two composers who lived and worked in Paris: Claude Debussy and the Polish-born Frederic Chopin. The program features Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60, the Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61, and selected Nocturnes from Opp. 15 and 27, as well as Debussy’s Images (Books 1 and 2) and Estampes. Both Debussy pieces are linked to visual artists: Cloches à travers les feuilles” from Images is dedicated to the sculptor Alexandre Charpentier, and Estampes is dedicated to the painter Jacques-Émile Blanche.

Buy TicketsTickets are $10-$18, students $5. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158. MORE

Published April 7, 2009
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YSM students and graduates win positions

Ji Hye Jung ’09 MM, a student in percussion, has recently been appointed to the faculty at the University of Kansas, where she will teach percussion.

In addition, violinist Sun-Mi Chang ’08 AD has won a position with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Jihye JungKorean percussionist Ji Hye Jung burst into the spotlight during the 2006-2007 season with consecutive First Prizes at the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition in Baltimore.  At twenty-five years old she is already sought after around the world as a soloist and teacher of marimba, percussion, and chamber music.

Published April 7, 2009
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New Music New Haven: Yale Percussion Group performs David Lang

Concert also features diverse music by eight other Yale composers

langDavid Lang, renowned as the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music, is the featured faculty composer in the next New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, April 30 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The world-renowned Yale Percussion Group will perform music by Lang, who was appointed to the Yale School of Music faculty in the fall of 2008. Other works on the program cover a broad range of media and thematic content, from Timo Andres’s Fast Flows the River for MIDI keyboard and cello, to Richard Harrold’s Two Studies for Guitar Duo. Themes of water and ice are explored in Naftali Schindler’s Water Tropes for string quartet, sampler, and Tuvan throat singer, and in Ted Hearne’s THAW for percussion quartet, a piece that imagines the sensation of being immersed in a block of ice. MORE

Published April 6, 2009
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Lunchtime Chamber Music in Sprague Hall

The Yale School of Music presents Lunchtime Chamber Music on Wednesday, April 29 at 12:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). This free event features  a colorful variety of ensembles made up of graduate students at the Yale School of Music. Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts often feature favorite works of the chamber repertoire as well as more unusual pieces. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

Admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.


Yale School of Music presents Lunchtime Chamber Music
Featuring graduate students from the Yale School of Music chamber music program
Wendy Sharp, director
Date/time: April 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm
Venue: Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall
470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets: Free
Phone/web: 203 432-4158 • music.yale.edu

Published April 6, 2009
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