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Yale School of Music debuts high-definition video streaming

Concerts in the “virtual concert hall” can be enjoyed live anywhere in the world

Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall The Yale School of Music is proud to announce the debut of its virtual concert hall: beginning February 1, concerts held in Morse Recital Hall will stream live online with high-definition video and CD-quality audio. Audiences around the world – from prospective students to alumni, from performers’ family members to the general public – will be able to enjoy concerts in real time via the School of Music’s website. Dedicated to cultural leadership, the Yale School of Music is one of the first schools to offer regular live streams of its performances. Associate Dean Michael Yaffe views the live stream as “a logical extension” of the School’s activities on campus. Yaffe emphasized that the streams are not produced segments but are an extension of the concert hall itself. The initiative is part of a multi-pronged technological expansion that also includes digital student portfolios, Internet2 distance learning, new online admissions capabilities, and virtual classrooms. The inaugural stream will begin at 8 pm on February 1 with a Faculty Artist Series recital. Cellist Ole Akahoshi and pianist Elizabeth Parisot will perform music of Bach, Brahms, Barber, and Schnittke. Several other live streams will be offered that week, including performances by the Yale Brass Trio and the Jasper String Quartet, and a tribute to Romanian composer George Enescu. The live stream can be accessed at Three types of streams will be available: high-definition video; lower-resolution video for those with slower internet connections, and an audio-only stream. Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, is the School of Music’s primary performance venue. An audio-only stream will be available for selected performances in Woolsey Hall and Sudler Hall. For more information about individual events, visit or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Upcoming video streams

Ole Akahoshi, cello, & Elizabeth Parisot, piano Monday, February 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM The Faculty Artist Series presents Ole Akahoshi, cello, and Elizabeth Parisot, piano. Music of Bach, Brahms, Barber, and Schnittke. Yale Brass Trio Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM The Yale Brass Trio performs works from the Renaissance to tango, featuring music by Guillaume de Machaut, J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Malcolm Arnold, Astor Piazzola, Robert Nagel, and Alec Wilder. Faculty Artist Series. Jasper String Quartet Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 8:00 PM Music of Janacek, Webern, and Beethoven. Tribute to George Enescu Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM The Faculty Artist Series presents music for voice, piano, and chamber ensembles by George Enescu (1881-1955). Ilya Poletaev, piano, with James Taylor, tenor; Jennifer Curtis, violin; and Mihai Marica, cello. Sept Chansons de Clement Marot, Op. 15; Airs in Romanian Style for solo violin; Cello Sonata, Op. 26, no. 2; Piano Sonata, Op. 24, no. 1; Impressions d'Enfance for violin and piano, Op. 28. Prokofiev Rediscovered: Premieres and Rarities Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8:00 PM Fragment from the opera To the Distant Seas (world premiere); Music for Athletic Exercises; Music for the ballet Trapeze; and Schubert waltzes arranged for two pianos by Prokofiev. With Boris Berman and Robert Blocker, piano; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Ettore Causa, viola; and alumni and students of the Yale School of Music. Dmitri Atapine, cello Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:00 PM Doctor of Musical Arts recital. Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70; Laderman: Fantasy for Solo Cello (1998); Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1; Chopin: Sonata for Piano and Cello in G minor, Op. 65. With Hye-yeon Park, piano. Yale Percussion Group Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 8:00 PM The ensemble called "something truly extraordinary" by composer Steve Reich performs under the direction of Robert van Sice. Vista Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 8:00 PM Vista: A fresh look at chamber music. Selected students from the Yale School of Music discuss and perform chamber works. Wendy Sharp, director. Programs, performers, and availability of stream are subject to change.