Guest conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in an evening of Russian music October 22

Program features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, plus Glinka and Koussevitzky

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and principal guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, October 22 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets, New Haven). All the music on the program is from Russia, with works by Glinka, Koussevitzky, and Tchaikovsky.

The program opens with the Overture to Glinka’s opera Russlan and Ludmilla. Sergey Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto follows, in a performance by Nathaniel Chase, a winner of the 2010 Woolsey Competition. Koussevitzky, though remembered most for his conducting, was also a highly accomplished composer and double bass player who performed the work as soloist in its 1905 premiere.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor will conclude the performance. The symphony uses a theme derived from Glinka’s first opera, A Life for the Czar, a small link between the first piece on the program and the last. Throughout the symphony’s four movements, this theme is gradually transformed from the darkness of the opening to the triumph of the finale.

Admission to the performance is free. MORE

Published September 30, 2010
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Live broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera to debut at Yale thanks to a gift from Frederick Iseman ’74

Bryn Terfel (above) as Wotan and Eric Owens as Alberich appear in Wagner's "Das Rheingold" in Robert Lepage's production at the Metropolitan Opera. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Starting this fall, the Yale University community will have the unique opportunity to view the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcasts on campus free of charge through a gift from Frederick Iseman, Yale College alumnus of the Class of 1974. This generous gift will fund Yale’s access to the twelve operas scheduled for live transmission during 2010–2011, as well as the installation of new sound and projection technology in Sprague Hall, where the performances will be shown.

Additionally, Mr. Iseman’s gift will enable area high school students to experience the Met’s performances by providing 200 tickets for the Live in HD series presented at the Branford 12 movie theater. Ticket distribution to the high schools will be administered through the Music in Schools program at Yale School of Music.

The Met @ Yale: the Iseman Broadcasts of The Met Live in HD season will begin on October 9 with Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the first production in the Met’s widely anticipated new Ring Cycle. Succeeding broadcasts will include five other new productions: Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (October 23), Verdi’s Don Carlo (December 11), Adams’s Nixon in China (February 12), Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (April 9), and the second installment in the new Ring Cycle, Die Walküre (May 14). Further transmissions will bring works by Verdi, Strauss, Puccini, Gluck, and Donizetti to Yale and to audiences worldwide.

Nine former students of the Yale School of Music are among the singers performing in the twelve operas being simulcast this year. Das Rheingold, the first broadcast, will include Tamara Mumford (Flosshilde) and Adam Diegel (Froh).

Members of the Yale community can reserve tickets for the Iseman Broadcasts HERE.

Click HERE for the complete press release.

More information about the operas scheduled for broadcast during the 2010–2011 season of The Met Live in HD is available HERE.

Published September 29, 2010
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Premiere of chamber opera by composition student Hannah Lash

Hannah Lash, a first-year Artist Diploma student in composition at the Yale School of music, saw the premiere of her 40-minute chamber opera Blood Rose this past weekend at the at the Park Avenue Christian Church in New York.

Lash describes her opera as “a chilling interpretation of the legend ‘Beauty and the Beast'” that “explores concepts of violation, loss, revenge, and identity.

Blood Rose is written for alto (Kirsten Sollek), countertenor (Eric Brenner), and string quartet (the JACK Quartet).

Lash’s website describes the opera’s take on the Beauty and the Best legend:

“Blood Rose” renders the character of Beast as the victim of defilement, evidenced by his ravaged garden. It is dawn; he has just discovered the devastation in his garden. Beauty enters: a mysteriously pure woman who sings seductively. Beast is eager to make her suffer to alleviate his own sense of rage. her blood will water his broken flowers to make them bloom again.

She bleeds, but the only flowers that are revived are those with ugly meanings: rage, revenge, mistrust. Their terror builds; Beauty’s life is draining and Beast’s fevered anger has not abated. They grow closer in their mutual suffering, desperate for hope. But the flower of hope cannot be revived. Not with Blood. Beauty and Beast become increasingly enmeshed in one another’s identities as the opera draws to its heartbreaking conclusion.

Read the New York Times preview piece.

Published September 28, 2010
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Applications open for alumniVentures

In June 2008, Dean Robert Blocker of the Yale School of Music announced alumniVentures, a bold and innovative program that provides grants to the School’s alumni for projects that best follow one simple but transcendent criterion: to advance the cause of music.

Schools providing grants to its own alumni are rare in the world of higher education. In explaining the inspiration for alumniVentures, Dean Blocker said, “Since coming to Yale in 1995 I have been inspired by the many ways our alumni advance the cause of music. Knowing how many musicians sacrifice financial security because of their passion for music, I wanted to assist and acknowledge some of these extraordinary contributions to our art. The program I envisioned was one where we could reconnect alumni to the School through their work as musicians and assist them by using part of the annual fund for these awards.”

The deadline to apply for a 2010-11 alumniVentures grant is fast approaching. Applications are due by 12:00 pm EST on Monday, October 4.

Apply online

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Update: deadline extended to Monday, October 4.

Published September 28, 2010
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Frederick Teardo gives a DMA recital of Franck, Elgar, and more on Woolsey Hall’s incomparable Newberry Organ

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital by organist Frederick Teardo on Thursday, October 14 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, corner of Grove Street, New Haven). The concert will feature music from Schumann to Elgar to the present day.

Teardo will open the program with the first movement of Elgar’s Sonata for Organ, Op. 28, and will continue with excerpts from Schumann’s Studies for the Pedal Organ, Op. 56. Complete works will include César Franck’s deeply expressive Prière (Prayer), Op. 20, and Marcel Dupré’s Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Op. 7, No. 1, written “for a triumphal solemnity.” The newest work on the program is Aaron Travers’s Three Pieces for Organ, written in 2000. Max Reger’s virtuosic Fantasy on the Chorale “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” Op. 52, No. 2, will conclude the program.

The Newberry Memorial Organ is one of the most renowned Romantic organs in the world. Originally built in 1902, it was rebuilt in both 1915 and 1928 and boasts 12,617 pipes, comprising 197 ranks and 166 stops. It offers a wealth of expressive possibilities to the performer. MORE

Published September 28, 2010
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Boris Berman and Eteri Andjaparidze join together in an evening of Schumann piano duos October 13

First Horowitz Series concert of the season celebrates the 200th anniversary of Schumann’s birth

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Boris Berman and Eteri Andjaparidze playing piano duos of Robert Schumann on Wednesday, October 13 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

Berman, coordinator of the piano department and artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series, has been praised for his “poetical refinement and intense musicality” (New York Times). The Boston Globe has called Andjaparidze, who hails from the Republic of Georgia, “a phenomenal pianist.”

The duo will play music both for piano four hands and for two pianos, including the Andante and Variations for Two Pianos in B flat Major, Op. 46 (1843) and Pictures from the East for piano four hands, Op. 66 (1849). Schumann was a master of miniature forms, and the program will include character pieces and dances selected from Eight Polonaises (1828), Twelve Pieces for Children Big and Small, Op. 85 (1850), Children’s Ball, Op. 130 (1853), and Ball Scenes, Op. 109 (1851).


Published September 24, 2010
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Yale in New York opens season at (Le) Poisson Rouge

“The Yale School of Music has established a formidable presence with its Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall these last three seasons, mainly by presenting inventive programs of mostly new or unusual works.”
— Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 2/10/10

On Monday, October 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm, the adventurous Yale in New York series opens its fourth season with Sleeping Giant at (Le) Poisson Rouge, the celebrated music club in Greenwich Village (158 Bleecker Street between Thompson St. and Sullivan St.). Sleeping Giant is a group of young composers, all Yale School of Music graduates:
Timo AndresTed HearneJacob CooperChristopher CerroneRobert Honstein

The composers’ works have appeared in clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S. and Europe, with performances by ensembles ranging from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra to New York City Opera and the JACK Quartet.

Sleeping Giant presents music that prizes vitality over a rigid aesthetic. Its fall showcase at LPR features a healthy variety of music from its composers. The world premiere of Jacob Cooper’s austere and time-bending Cello Octet is pit against Ted Hearne’s rhythmic and metallic duet for piano and percussion One of Us, One of Them. Christopher Cerrone’s strikingly visual Averno: A Fragment, set with voracity and longing to texts by Louise Glück, will be played alongside Timothy Andres’s gracious Clamber Music and Robert Honstein’s rock-inspired song-without-words Why Are You Not Answering. MORE

Published September 23, 2010
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Help Can’t Wait: Pakistan Relief Benefit Concert this Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7pm

Performers include South Asian musicians, dancers, and singers, plus Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Concert Band, Yale Glee Club

Devastating floods in Pakistan have left millions of people hurt or homeless. In response to the crisis, the Yale community will present “Help Can’t Wait: Pakistan,” a benefit concert for flood relief, on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 pm.

The concert will be held in Woolsey Hall, corner of College and Grove streets. The program will include performances by the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Concert Band and Yale Glee Club, and student and professional South Asian musicians, dancers, and singers.

The suggested donation for concert tickets is $20/$10 students. All contributions will go to the Pakistan Flood Relief effort — specifically Karachi Relief, UNICEF and the International Federation of the Red Cross. These organizations already have a presence in Pakistan and have begun the work of delivering humanitarian aid, services, and supplies.

Tickets can be purchased at the Yale School of Music box office at Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St. Monday through Friday, between  9 am and 5 pm. Tickets also are available at In addition, tickets will be sold in the lobby of Woolsey Hall beginning at 6 p.m. on the evening of the event. MORE

Published September 22, 2010
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Saturday Seminars for 2010-11 kick off September 25

Event explores financial management and music entrepreneurship

James Remis

This Saturday, September 25, the School of Music will host the first Saturday Seminar of the 2010-2011 school year. This workshop, led by Astrid Baumgardner and James Remis, will focus on financial matters related to music entrepreneurship. The presenters will discuss practical career considerations and the variety of options open to students as they enter the profession. In addition, they will discuss and answer questions about the financial and tax implications of various kinds of work in music. This seminar will be of great value to anyone considering a career as a musician. The seminar is open to graduate students in the Yale School of Music.

Astrid Baumgartner

Topic: Financial Management for the Young Musician: How to Become a Music Entrepreneur and Create a Sustainable Career

Led by: Astrid Baumgardner and James Remis

When: Saturday, September 25th from 11am-1pm

Where: on the stage of Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall

Register online HERE.

The session will be interactive, and will give students the opportunity to ask questions of two experts in the field of financial management and career development.

The seminar will be streamed live and on demand for those unable to attend.

Published September 22, 2010
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Renowned violinist Brian Lewis helps Yale School of Music students become teaching artists

As the Class of ’57 Visiting Professor of Music Education, Lewis guides graduate students in community engagement

Brian Lewis, the acclaimed violinist who is also widely recognized as a leader in music education, is the Class of ’57 Visiting Professor of Music Education at the Yale School of Music for the 2010-2011 academic year. By teaching a course in community engagement, and through his work with students participating in Yale’s extensive Music in Schools Initiative, Mr. Lewis will help graduate students in the School of Music develop their skills as educators and communicators.

“We are fortunate that Brian has agreed to work with our graduate students in developing their skills as teachers,” said Robert Blocker, the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music. “Our students must understand their important role as cultural leaders, and Brian is uniquely qualified to train and guide them.”

A gifted violinist known for his imaginative programming, Brian Lewis is highly regarded for his ability to communicate with audiences of all ages. He is dedicated to promoting the value of music in education, even— perhaps especially — when he is touring as a concert violinist. “Wherever I go to perform, I try to schedule some sort of teaching or school concert through the local sponsor,” he says. “It’s not always possible, of course, but I consider it a very important part of my role as a musician. Performance should be fused with music education, and I try to show how music study is relevant to other disciplines. I look forward to sharing my experience with students at the Yale School of Music as they develop their skills as teaching artists.”


Published September 22, 2010
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