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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