Celebrating the King of Swing: A Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th Birthday

Goodman relaxes in a rehearsal in Yale's Woolsey Hall in 1985.

Goodman relaxes in a rehearsal in Yale’s Woolsey Hall in 1985.

The Yale School of Music presents Celebrating the King of Swing: A Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th Birthday. This series of concerts and other events explores Goodman’s enduring contributions to music, both classical and jazz.

On Tuesday, September 22 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall, YSM presents The Classical Legacy of Benny Goodman, a concert of music commissioned and/or premiered by the legendary clarinetist. While many people are aware that Benny Goodman made forays into classical music, they may not realize that he was in fact a major player.  Goodman is known predominantly as a jazz musician and bandleader who helped usher in the Swing Era of the 1930s and ’40s, but he was deeply involved in commissioning, performing, and recording a sizeable body of classical works—many of which have become standards of the repertoire—by some of the 20th century’s greatest composers. The program will feature several of these works, including Bartók’s Contrasts, Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata, Alan Shulman’s Rendezvous, Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig and Recovery Music, and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. The program will be repeated at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall on Saturday, Sep. 26 as part of the Yale in New York series. MORE

Published August 28, 2009
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Stephen Adams ’59 to receive Yale Medal

Stephen Adams '59 and Denise Adams

Stephen Adams ’59 and Denise Adams

Among the recipients of this year’s Yale Medal is Stephen Adams ’59, a member of the School of Music’s Board of Visitors and a donor whose generosity has transformed the School.

The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) has announced five recipients of the Yale Medal in 2009. In addition to Mr. Adams, the recipients are Frances Beinecke ’71, ’74 MFS, Charles D. Ellis ’59, Justice Carlos R. Moreno ’70, and Eve Hart Rice ’73.

Inaugurated in 1952, the Yale Medal is the highest award presented by the Association of Yale Alumni and is conferred solely to recognize and honor outstanding individual service to the University. Since its inception, the Yale Medal has been presented to 272 individuals, all of whom not only showed extraordinary devotion to the ideals of the University, but also were conspicuous in demonstrating their support of Yale through extensive, exemplary service on behalf of Yale as a whole or one of its many schools, institutes, or programs. MORE

Published August 28, 2009
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Paul Hawkshaw appointed deputy dean

Dean Robert Blocker announced today the appointment of Paul Hawkshaw as Deputy Dean of the School of Music.  Professor Hawkshaw has served the School and University with distinction for twenty-five years, a tenure that has included eleven years as Associate Dean and two years as Acting Dean.  He will continue his responsibilities as Director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Yale Summer School of Music, a position he has held since 2003.

paul hawkshawPaul Hawkshaw received his Ph.D from Columbia University and his faculty appointment at the School of Music in 1984.  He is now Professor in the Practice of Music History and in this role has guided many YSM students through their MMA programs.  His experience and institutional memory will be instrumental in the discussions and implementation of Beyond Boundaries, the School’s strategic plan.

Recognized throughout the world as a leading authority on the music of Anton Bruckner, Professor Hawkshaw’s publications include seven volumes of the composer’s Collected Works Edition (Vienna), most recently a new score and critical study of the composer’s Mass in F Minor.  He served as co-author of Bruckner Studies (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Perspectives on Anton Bruckner (Ashgate, 2001), and he wrote the Bruckner biography for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. MORE

Published August 26, 2009
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Events for New Students

2009 Orientation Events for New Graduate and Professional Students & Postdocs at Yale

Events are free unless noted, and are open to new and returning G&P students (including School of Music students) and their families.

08-056_YaleMusic_555McDougal Ice Cream Socials
Aug 21 & Aug 28, 5pm / Courtyard Tent, HGS, 320 York Street / Aug 23, 10:30am
Enjoy free ice cream treats while meeting other G & P students & postdocs.

Grad Student Welcome @ University Church & Lunch
Aug 23, 10:30 am / Battell Chapel, corner College and Elm
G&P students, postdocs & families are invited to attend the University Church Worship service, led by the Protestant Christian Chaplain. Free picnic lunch. www.yale.edu/chaplain

Yale & New Haven Info Fair For New G&Ps
Aug 25, 2-4 pm / Courtyard Tent, McDougal Center, HGS, 320 York Street (corner York & Wall Street)
Browse among 75 displays of university departments, city merchants, departments & cultural groups; free samples, prizes, and snacks. MORE

Published August 18, 2009
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From the Archives: Historic Norfolk

The 2009 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival is underway, offering concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as free lectures, fellows’ performances, and a listening club. The Norfolk season announcement from the archives does not list a year; many of the participating musicians were on the faculty from the 1930s onward. The concerts all take place Fridays at 3:00 pm in Battell House, indicating a more informal series than what the season might have offered in the Music Shed on weekend evenings.


Bruce Simonds, a pianist who appeared in two programs that summer, joined the faculty in 1921 and taught until 1964, serving as Dean from 1941 to 1954. Other programs in Yale’s archive indicate that he often performed two-piano repertoire with his wife, Rosalind Simonds. This photo from the library’s archives shows Simonds participating in a folk dance at Norfolk, a tradition that has since died out. MORE

Published August 3, 2009
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