Andrew Norman ’09AD among four winners of Orpheus Project 440

Last week, WQXR announced that  Andrew Norman ’09AD, Clint Needham, Alex Mincek, and Cynthia Wong were selected as the winners of Orpheus Project 440. Each composer will write a work to be premiered at Carnegie Hall by Orpheus in the 2011-12 season.

The project began with 60 composer candidates and went through several rounds. Orpheus designed Project 440 in keeping with the passion for new music and for transparency of the creative process. The project is documented online on the WQXR website, where fans and members of the public have engaged in conversation and debate about each of the candidates and about Project 440 as a whole.

Published October 22, 2010
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs “Nuove musiche”: seventeenth-century masterpieces from Italy and Germany

YSM’s resident post-graduate ensemble performs on November 9, directed by Robert Mealy

Robert Mealy, director of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Photo by Bob Handelman.

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Mealy, in a program of “Nuove musiche” (new music) from the seventeenth century on Tuesday, November 9 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). This concert features works by Dario Castello, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Giovanni Battista Buonamente, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, and other composers who were experimenting with the possibilities offered by the invention of the sonata as a new art form. Their music is full of sudden harmonic surprises, brilliant virtuosity, and engagingly syncopated dance rhythms. Admission to the concert is free.

The members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble are Jae-Won Bang, Johanna Novom, and Jessica Park, baroque violin; Jacques Wood, baroque cello; and Avi Stein, harpsichord. The group, directed by baroque violinist and Yale School of Music professor Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Members of the Ensemble take part in an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785. The ensemble uses instruments that are replicas created from baroque models. The replicas are part of a growing assortment of instruments available for performance provided by the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, where the ensemble is in residence.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble presents a series of concerts each year on campus, and will make a special appearance in April 2011 in Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall as part of the Yale in New York series. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call 203 432-4158.

Published October 22, 2010
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Yale School of Music’s Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts continue in Sprague Hall November 17

The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). This free event features a colorful variety of ensembles composed of graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

Admission to the recital is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call 203 432-4158.

About Student Chamber Music at YSM

The Yale School of Music is unique in that all performance faculty coach chamber music, and all students are involved in chamber music for their entire tenure at the School. Ensembles come together each semester and receive weekly coachings from distinguished faculty and guest artists. Chamber groups often perform in the Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts, which
take place at both Morse Recital Hall and the Center for British Art, and in the Vista series, in which performances are enhanced by spoken commentary on the music. Students also take part in the annual chamber music competition, whose winners are featured in an annual Chamber Music Society concert.

Published October 22, 2010
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