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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