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Yale School of Music debuts high-definition video streaming

January 28, 2010

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

Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall

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 music.yale.edu/media. 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 music.yale.edu 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.

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.


Enjoyed the opportunity to see/hear the following concert:
Ole Akahoshi, cello, & Elizabeth Parisot, piano
Monday, February 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Was “on the road” and listened, via earphones, in a public library in southern California. Great video and audio quality! How wonderful to be able to “attend” the concert even though I was several thousand miles away from Sprague Hall!. In future concerts with the same instruments suggest you consider moving the camera slightly to viewers’ left so that the pianists hands can be seen clearly, as well as those of the cellist.

Thank you for putting this fabulous technology to such good use and giving us all more access to beautiful music from Yale!

February 19th, 2010 | AHBPR

It’s amazing how a decade or two of high technology has transformed our possibilities. Apart from the entertainment which this enables, I see the increased access to culture, news, science as a force for peace, since it results in greater understanding and respect across cultures.

April 30th, 2010 | RobertSeviour

Wow, thats great to hear. Can’t wait to check it out. The article didn’t say which resolution the high-def broadcast is in.

Erik Nelson
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June 4th, 2010 | besttvoptions

It’s important that a dominant school as Yale takes the lead on this technological leap into the future. I enjoyed it very much.


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August 1st, 2010 | mila09

Technology has really changed how music is made and distributed. With technology anyone with determination is capable of using the internet to market their music out for the world to hear. Congratulations on your success and I wish you the best of luck with all of your future endeavors.

Weston Brown

September 5th, 2010 | musicman99

Adding live internet video broadcasts is a step in the right direction. But to really broaden the audience, you need to make these performances available on-demand, so that one can enjoy them at any time. Much of the time, people will not be able to schedule their viewing to coincide with the live performance.
By way of comparison, the MET offers a large catalog of on-demand operas, although it is not a free service. PBS also has a large catalog of free on-demand programs. I hope that you will be able to offer on-demand programming soon.
Jeffrey R Cohen – Kansas City, MO

February 1st, 2011 | cohjef