Yale Percussion Group performs at the Kennedy Center Monday, March 1

Concert will stream live from the the Kennedy Center’s website

Musique_de_TablesThe Yale Percussion Group will perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Monday, March 1, at 6 pm. The performance is part of the Kennedy Center’s “Performing Arts for Everyone” initiative. No tickets are required; seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Featuring local, national, and international talents, the Millennium Stage has been hailed as “a cultural institution within a cultural institution” by the Washington Post.

Fresh from their exciting performance on the Yale campus last Saturday, February 20, the Yale Percussion Group will perform music of Thierry de Mey, James Wood, Astor Piazzolla, and Mauricio Kagel. The members of the ensemble are Yun-Chu Candy Chiu, John Corkill, Leonardo Gorosito, and Michael Zell. They will be joined by flutist Dariya Nikolenko. Robert van Sice, the director of the ensemble, will perform with the group in Thierry de Mey’s Musique de Tables.

The concert at the Kennedy Center will stream live at kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.


Published February 25, 2010
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New CD from faculty composer Ingram Marshall

september_canons_cdIngram Marshall, visiting lecturer in composition at the School of Music, has released a new CD.

Titled “Ingram Marshall: September Canons,” the album features the Yale Philharmonia and conductor Julian Pellicano ’07MM, among other performers. Tracks include “Peaceable Kingdom,” which was performed and recorded in Sprague Hall by the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of Pellicano. The program notes are by Libby Van Cleve, assistant director of the Yale Oral History of American Music project.

The pieces on the album span almost three decades and represent the principal threads that have run through Marshall’s work, including the use of electronics, the influence of Indonesian music and a thorough knowledge of the Western music tradition, especially Sibelius and Bach. In the words of Molly Sheridan, “each included work showcases facets of what has earned Marshall a reputation for creating impressionistic music that, whether capitalizing on modern technology or taking off from more traditional musical forms, is sonically unique in a way that nudges open rather than aggressively pokes at the ear. The pieces are also each remarkably expansive in their development, a welcoming gradual progression in that ‘take your time and start from the beginning’ sort of way.” Read the rest of Sheridan’s article at NewMusicBox.


Published February 23, 2010
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Violist Ettore Causa makes Faculty Artist Series debut

causa_printThe Yale School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Recital featuring Italian violist Ettore Causa on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Causa, the newest member of the artist faculty at the Yale School of Music, has been called a “magnificent, consummate musician” (All Music Guide) and has earned high praise for his warm tone.

Causa’s debut CD of viola transcriptions (Claves, 2006) featured several of Causa’s own transcriptions and was warmly received by critics. This recital will feature Causa’s arrangement of six Brahms songs, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki’s Cadenza for Solo Viola; Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae (Reflections on a Song of Dowland); and Rachmaninov’s Sonata, Op. 19, arranged for viola by Vadim Borisovsky. Causa will perform with pianist Ryo Yanagitani, a graduate of the School of Music who recently won the Gold Medal and three special prizes in the San Antonio Piano Competition.


Published February 22, 2010
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New Music New Haven features an extended piano quartet by Aaron Jay Kernis

Program also presents the rescheduled US premiere of Jack Vees’s “Party Talk”

kernis_blogFEB. 5, 2010 | The New Music New Haven concert series presents a program of new music by Aaron Jay Kernis, Jack Vees, and other Yale composers on Thursday, March 4 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The program opens with Reena Esmail’s Feritas, a colorful virtuoso piece for six trumpets. Two other works on the program by graduate composers are Polina Nazaykinskaya’s Passacaglia Zero and an untitled piece by Richard Harrold.

Faculty composer Jack Vees is represented by his 1996 Party Talk, a piece written in 1996 for narrator and mixed chamber ensemble. The work – an explanation of how to fit into the American social experience – was to receive its U.S. premiere in November, but the performance was postponed. The March performance will feature conductor Thomas C. Duffy, director of the Yale Bands, and narrator Kelly Yamaguchi-Scanlon, whose voice is familiar to many from the Yale School of Music’s podcast introductions and concert halls (“Please turn off your cell phones…”).

The program concludes with Kernis’s Still Movement with Hymn, an elegiac quartet for piano and strings. The piece, writes Kernis, “is both a Kaddish and a Requiem for the dead… Hebraic music and Christian plainchant play an important role in it.” MORE

Published February 17, 2010
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Yale’s Friends of Music Undergraduate Competition presents its two winners in Sudler Hall February 21

Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and violinist Jessica Oddie to perform in recital

A recital in Sudler Hall will feature soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and violinist Jessica Oddie, the two winners of the annual Friends of Music at Yale Undergraduate Competition. The recital will take place at 3 pm on Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Sudler Recital Hall in WL Harkness Hall. Both performers are undergraduates in Yale College who study with Yale School of Music faculty.

Lucy Fitz Gibbon

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano

Fitz Gibbon, who is a guest artist in Yale Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, will perform Poulenc’s Fiançailles pour rire, Richard Strauss’s Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op. 67, and Elliott Carter’s Warble for lilac-time, written in 1943.

Oddie, a winner of several violin competitions who has soloed with such ensembles as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, will perform two movements from Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin; three short pieces by Fritz Kreisler; Saint-Saens’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; and Brahms’s Sonatensatz. The two will perform together in Mozart’s Schon lacht der holde Frühling, KV 580, for soprano, violin, and piano. They will be joined by pianist Ryan McCullough, a graduate student at the University of Southern California.


Published February 12, 2010
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Vista program offers a fresh look at chamber music by Shostakovich, Piazzolla, and Brahms

vistaThe Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4 pm in Sprague Hall. Part of the School of Music’s renowned chamber music program, Vista features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the chamber music program and the director of the Vista series.

This Vista program will offer music by Shostakovich, Piazzolla, and Brahms. Dariya Nikolenko, flute, and Yun-Chu Candy Chiu, marimba, will play Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. Igor Pikayzen, violin; Kyung-Mi Anna Preuss, cello; and David Fung, piano, will present Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67. The third ensemble – Anastasia Metla, violin; Mathilde Geismar Roussel, viola; Mo Mo, cello: and Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto, piano – will perform the Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60.


Published February 12, 2010
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Harpsichordist Linda Skernick offers an all-Bach program at the Collection of Musical Instruments


The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the well-regarded harpsichordist Linda Skernick in an all-Bach recital on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 3 pm.

The program will include the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-Flat major, BWV 998; the Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830; Four Duets, BWV 802-805; and the French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816. The concert will take place in the intimate venue of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind.  MORE

Published February 10, 2010
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Yale Philharmonia offers four 20th-century works for chamber orchestra in Sprague Hall Feb. 26-27

Program features the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring

Phil_Chamber_Orch_blogThe Yale Philharmonia, the premier ensemble of the Yale School of Music, will present two concerts of music for chamber orchestra on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The program, which is the same each night, belies the twentieth century’s reputation for difficult music: all four pieces are tonal and among the era’s most approachable repertoire. Shinik Hahm, the conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, will lead both performances.

The program opens with Stravinsky’s neo-classical chamber concerto Dumbarton Oaks (1937-8), inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Closing the first half is the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, scored for 13 instruments. The ever-popular work won Copland the 1945 Pulitzer Prize. Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1928) will feature soloist Paul Won Jin Cho, a winner of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The concert will conclude with Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for string orchestra.


Published February 10, 2010
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Orion String Quartet performs Bach, Beethoven, and Kirchner

Pianist Peter Serkin joins the ensemble for the Brahms piano quintet

orion_blogThe Orion String Quartet, one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles, will perform with the stellar pianist Peter Serkin at the Yale School of Music on Tuesday, February 23 at 8 pm. The first half of the program will offer string quartets by Bach, Kirchner, and Beethoven: Contrapunctus I from Bach’s Art of the Fugue; Kirchner’s String Quartet No. 4, written in 2006; and Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74. The evening will conclude with the Brahms Piano Quintet, featuring Serkin in the demanding piano part.

The members of the Orion String Quartet are violinists Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Timothy Eddy. Daniel and Todd Phillips are brothers who share the first violin chair equally. Serkin, recognized as one of America’s leading pianists for over forty years, has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards and is a versatile artist who has recorded and performed music from Bach to Brahms to the twenty-first century. He is the son of the pianist Rudolf Serkin and the grandson of the violinist and composer Adolf Busch.


Published February 5, 2010
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Yale Percussion Group brings its electric energy to Sprague Hall February 20

Concert features music for percussion ensemble by John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, and more

Members of the Yale Percussion Group in Morse Recital Hall

Members of the Yale Percussion Group perform in Morse Recital Hall

The Yale School of Music presents the sensational Yale Percussion Group on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street). Praised by composer Steve Reich as “something truly extraordinary,” the ensemble was a winner of the Percussive Arts Society’s 2009 International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Their performance on February 20 will feature John Cage’s Third Construction (1941) for four percussionists; Thierry de Mey’s Musique de Table, for three percussionists and amplified table; Mauricio Kagel’s Dressur, a theatrical, circus-themed work for percussion trio; and James Wood’s Rogosanti, a solo piece from 1986.

Robert van Sice, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty who is considered one of the foremost performers of contemporary music for marimba, is the director of the Yale Percussion Group. The members of the Yale Percussion Group are Candy Chiu, John Corkill, Leonardo Gorosito, Denis Petrunin, Ian Rosenbaum, and Michael Zell.

Videos of the Yale Percussion Group are available on the Vic Firth website. MORE

Published February 4, 2010
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