Faculty violinist Wendy Sharp joined by pianist Joel Wizansky in November 7 recital

Program celebrates anniversaries of Barber, Chopin, and Schumann, presents multiple U.S. premieres

The Yale School of Music presents a performance by Wendy Sharp, violin and Joel Wizansky, piano on Sunday, November 7 at 4 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street) as part of the School’s Faculty Artist Series. The program will bring together works by Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis, and Chris Rogerson.

In addition to Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in F major, K. 376, Ms. Sharp and Mr. Wizansky will perform Robert Schumann’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 105, and two pieces by Frédéric Chopin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the births of these two great nineteeth-century composers. The Chopin works are his Nocturnes in C-sharp minor and E-flat major, transcribed for violin and piano by two legendary violinists, Pablo de Sarasate and Nathan Milstein.

The Chris Rogerson work, Lullaby: no bad dreams, was commissioned by the Curtis Institute as a companion piece to a sonata by Samuel Barber – born one hundred years ago – that is missing one movement. Rogerson is a composition student at the Yale School of Music, where two of the other composers on the program are on the faculty. Aaron Jay Kernis’s Dance of Life, based on a painting by Charles Munch, will receive its US premiere. Christopher Theofanidis’s Fantasy was written for Sarah Chang and is based on the second movement of the composer’s violin concerto. MORE

Published October 15, 2010
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Benjamin Verdery and other Yale guitarists play guitar music by Yale composers, including five world premieres

A free preview of Carnegie Hall concert the following night, the program features solo, guitar ensemble, and chamber works by Yale School of Music composers

The Yale School of Music presents Yale Guitar Music Today on Monday, November 8 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street). The concert, directed by classical guitar virtuoso Benjamin Verdery, will feature music by Yale-affiliated composers. World premieres by Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Jack Vees, Kathryn Alexander, and Samuel Adams will be performed alongside music by Martin Bresnick, Ingram Marshall, and Benjamin Verdery. In addition to music for solo classical guitar, there will be pieces for varied duos – alto flute and guitar, two electric guitars – and ensembles: guitar quartet, guitar octet, and guitar with string quartet.

According to Benjamin Verdery, “In many respects I believe that now is the golden age of the guitar, and this program will reflect the diversity and the universality of the instrument. The audience will hear the unique voice of each composer and how inventively they write for guitar. The concert, quite simply, will be a guitar event like none I have heard.”

Verdery himself will perform, as will graduate students who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. Students of Verdery include Ian O’Sullivan ’11MM, Max Zuckerman ’11MM, Steffen Besser ’12MM, Trevor Babb ’12MM, Graham Banfield ’12MM, Arash Noori ’12MM, Alan Pawlowicz ’12MM, and Hermelindo Ruiz ’12MM.

The concert is a special preview of a Yale in New York concert on Tuesday, November 9, in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. David Shifrin is the artistic director of Yale in New York, and Benjamin Verdery is the chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music. MORE

Published October 15, 2010
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Robert Blocker reappointed Dean of the School of Music

On August 16, Yale University President Richard Levin announced with great pleasure the reappointment of Robert Blocker as Dean of the School of Music for a term of five years, effective July 1, 2011.

Wrote Levin to the School of Music community:

Dean Blocker received enthusiastic support from those who wrote and those with whom I spoke.  He is praised as a superb and visionary leader with a tremendous commitment to students, faculty, and staff at the School.  Robert is compassionate and approachable and is, as one faculty member said, “the most effective and dynamic administrator with whom I have ever served.”  Many said that Robert’s fundraising skills are without equal, and that he has dealt exceptionally well with financial challenges: the School has emerged “more invigorated than ever” from the retrenching and budget cuts of the last year.  Another said that Robert has “guided the School to a new level of excellence and international recognition.”  And, finally, he is “one of the most brilliant leader[s] in the musical world at this time.”

During Robert’s tenure, the relationship between the School and the Department of Music has been greatly enhanced.  In addition, substantial improvements have been made in the technology needed to broadcast and record performances.  Since I became president, I have asked each professional school dean to improve and increase relationships with the New Haven community, and I am pleased that Robert has strengthened greatly the School’s involvement in programming and teaching at the local level.

Personally, I have taken great pleasure in working with Robert these past 15 years; he is a great asset not only for the School of Music, but also for the entire University.  I know that you join me in looking forward to another five years of his extraordinary leadership.

Published October 15, 2010
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