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New Music New Haven features guest composer and Yale graduate Tom Johnson in April 1 concert

March 8, 2010

Program includes the premiere of “Four Note Chords,” dedicated to Allen Forte

The New Music New Haven concert series presents a program of new music featuring guest composer Tom Johnson on Thursday, April 1 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Johnson, a minimalist composer who studied at Yale College and the Yale School of Music, will have two pieces performed. Narayana’s Cows, for a large mixed ensemble, has been one of his most popular works since its composition in 1989. The concert will also feature the premiere of Four Note Chords, an octet for double reeds and brass written for noted music theorist and Yale professor emeritus Allen Forte.

The program includes five short works by up-and-coming composers who study at the Yale School of Music: Andy Akiho’s NO one To kNOW one, Richard Harrold’s Breed, a trio by Robert Honstein, a work for solo piano by Sam Adams, and Feinan Wang’s Yaf’s Monodrama. Renowned new music specialist Lisa Moore will perform the Adams piece. Farkhad Khudyev and Adrian Slywotzky, the School of Music’s conducting fellows, will each conduct one work. Christopher Theofanidis is the artistic director of the New Music New Haven series.

Admission to the performance is free. The concert will also stream live in high-definition video at music.yale.edu/media. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s website or call the concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the featured composer

Tom Johnson, born in Colorado in 1939, received B.A. and M.Mus. degrees from Yale University and studied composition privately with Morton Feldman. He was an influential music critic for The Village Voice from 1972 to 1982 and has lived in Paris since 1983. Though considered a minimalist, he often uses formulas, predictable sequences and various mathematical models constructing his works. Tom Johnson is well known for his operas, including The Four Note Opera (1972) and Riemannoper. Among his numerous recordings are Musique pour 88 (1988, XI), An Hour for Piano (1971, Lovely Music), The Chord Catalogue (1986, XI), Organ and Silence (2000, Ants), Kientzy Plays Johnson (2004, Pogus), Rational Melodies and Bedtime Stories performed by clarinetist Roger Heaton (Ants Records AG12), and Symmetries (Karnatic LabsKLR 010). His writings include The Voice of New Music, a collection of articles written 1971-1982 for the Village Voice (Apollohuis, 1989) and Self-Similar Melodies, a theoretical book in English (Editions 75, 1996). In 2001 Johnson received the French national prize, Victoires de la musique, for Kientzy Loops.