First Annual JC Music Solo Competition

In collaboration with the Yale School of Music, Music in Schools Initiative

On Saturday, May 22, fifteen finalists from across Connecticut will compete in the first JC Music Solo Competition, a join venture of the Music in Schools Initiative of the Yale School of Music and JC Music (a music store and school in Meriden).The final round of the competition will begin at 10 am at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center (175 East Main Street, Meriden).

The soloists range from 6th through 8th grades and hail from the following Connecticut counties: Simsbury, Meriden, New Haven, Oxford, Bethany, Berlin, Portland, Weston, East Hampton, and Plantsville. They will compete for eight prizes provided by JC Music World. The top prize is a $500 cash award.

Preliminary auditions were held April 29th through May 1 at JC Music, Meriden. After the preliminary round at JC Music, the top 30 audition scores will be entered into the final round to be held at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center in Meriden, CT, 175 East Main Street, on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010, starting at 10am. Winners will be announced after the competition. The competition on May 22nd is free and open to the public.

Published May 14, 2010
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Exhibit of New Yorker covers will explore the ‘Lighter Side of Music’

John O’Brien’s illustration “Symphony of Strings: Rich in Fundamental” is among the New Yorker covers on display.

An exhibit of humorous New Yorker covers on musical subjects will open at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments on Wednesday, May 12.

Titled “The Lighter Side of Music: New Yorker Covers (1931-2010),” the show features the works of 23 New Yorker artists, including Rose Silver, Abe Birnbaum, Perry Barlow, Mary Petty, Robert Tallon, William Steig, and Peter De Seve.

Among the covers on view are Rea Irvin’s depiction of a musician practicing his large double bass within the confines of a small hotel room (Sept. 17, 1949) and Paul Degen’s rendering of a soaring skyscraper inspired by the shape of a grand piano (Nov. 12, 1990).

Scenes of symphony orchestras on-stage, off-stage, or in the pit have been a frequent subject of the magazine’s cover illustrators for eight decades, as seen in differing interpretations by Abner Dean, Julian De Miskey, Roger Duvoisin, Peter Arno, Arthur Getz, Charles Elmer Martin, John O’Brien, and J.J. Sempé.

All of the covers on display are from the collection of Susan E. Thompson, curator of the museum. The exhibit will remain on view through Nov. 18. MORE

Published May 11, 2010
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Albany Records releases disc of string quartets by Ezra Laderman

laderman_cdPerformed by the Alianza String Quartet, former fellowship quartet-in-residence

Released at the end of 2009, the disc is the ninth volume in Albany Records’ series The Music of Ezra Laderman. Laderman’s twelfth (and, according to the composer, last) quartet was written for the Alianza. The members of the quartet that appear on the recording are Sarita Kwok and Lauren Basney, violins; Ahyoung Sung, viola; and Dmitri Atapine, cello. Eugene Kimball, the director of the Fred Plaut Recording Studio at the Yale School of Music, was the engineer for the CD.

Laderman comments:

This ninth CD with Albany Records brings me to the end of a musical exploration started October 1, 2000. This culminating CD, the final three string quartets I will ever compose, represent the most recent evolution of my compositional aesthetic… The excitement, the fun, the joy that composing has afforded me is due in no small measure to the unknown path traveled each morning as I sit before the blank sheet of music paper. It’s a great way to spend a life. I recommend it without reservation.

Published May 10, 2010
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Bassoonist Scott Switzer ’10 to perform in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center

Presented by the Conservatory Project 2010/National Symphony Orchestra & John Adams: Perspectives

The Kennedy Center

As part of the National Symphony Orchestra’s two-week focus John Adams: Perspectives, members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatory Project Chamber Ensemble (comprised of a student from each of the 15 participating conservatories) will perform two works by John Adams under the baton of the composer.

The National Symphony Orchestra has invited a student from each Conservatory Project institution to be a part of John Adams: Perspectives, the Kennedy Center’s residency with the composer. The performance will take place on Monday, May 17 at 6pm in the Terrace Theater. The first half of the concert will be Shaker Loops, performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra. The second part will be the Chamber Symphony performed by the Conservatory Project students, including Yale School of Music student Scott Switzer, bassoon and contrabassoon. The concert will stream live online; visit this page at 6pm on Monday, May 17 to watch.


Published May 7, 2010
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Third Annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition to take place May 8

A student performing in the 2009 Competition.

The Music in Schools program is pleased to announce the third annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, May 8th, 2010, at Yale University’s Sprague Memorial Hall, and will begin at 10am.

Each New Haven K-8 school may choose up to three students to compete. The competition is open to percussion (no piano), strings, brass, and woodwind musicians from the 4th through 8th grades.

The top three prize winners will be awarded an opportunity to play in a New Haven Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. Seven prizes will be awarded: $400, $300, $250, $200, $150, $100, and $50.

For photos and video of last year’s competition, please visit this page.

Published May 4, 2010
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Sixth International Hugo Kauder Competition to take place June 11, Winners’ Concert June 12

Amphion String Quartet. Photo courtesy of Sammie Scheer.

New Haven, CT, April 26, 2010 – The Hugo Kauder Society is pleased to present its 6th annual International Hugo Kauder Competition. Five string quartets (with musicians aged under 35) have been selected to perform in front of a live jury. The groups are the Hausmann Quartet from San Francisco, the Linden String Quartet and the Azalea Quartet, both from Ohio, the Bryant Park Quartet from New York, and the Amphion String Quartet from New Haven (pictured at right). They will compete for first, second and third place and cash prizes by performing classical music pieces composed by Hugo Kauder, as well as a selection of Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary works. The first prize winner will also receive a concert opportunity in New York City.

The distinguished Competition judges are Nicholas Eanet, first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet; Ettore Causa, professor of viola at Yale University; and Jeffrey Zeigler, cellist of the Kronos Quartet. The Competition will be held at Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven, on June 11th, from 10am to 4pm. The Winners’ Concert follows on Saturday, June 12th, 2pm to 4pm, also at Sprague Hall. This year’s program is dedicated to the memory of Siegmund Levarie (1914-2010), distinguished musicologist and life-long friend and colleague of Hugo Kauder. Levarie was a founding member of the Hugo Kauder Society. MORE

Published May 3, 2010
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