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Yale Percussion Group plays high-energy program of Reich Sextet and more

The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Percussion Group on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Renowned percussionist and educator Robert van Sice directs the ensemble, which has been called “something truly extraordinary” by composer Steve Reich.

Reich’s Sextet for keyboards and percussion is on the program, which also features Thierry de Mey’s intricately choreographed Musique de Tables, James Wood’s visceral Village Burial with Fire, and Mauricio Kagel’s Dressur. The theatrical Dressur thoroughly engaged New Haven audiences when it was performed in the Chamber Music Competition Winners’ Concert last May.

This concert is a free preview of the YPG’s Yale in New York concert at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 12. The members of the Yale Percussion Group, all graduate students at the Yale School of Music, are Yun-Chu Candy Chiu, Michael Compitello, John Corkill, Leonardo Gorosito, Ian Rosenbaum, and Adam Rosenblatt. MORE

Published November 29, 2010
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Yale School of Music presents Chaos and Order: dance suites from the French baroque, December 6

Program directed by celebrated early music specialist Robert Mealy

The Yale School of Music will present Chaos and Order, a concert of orchestral dance suites from the French baroque, on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Robert Mealy, “New York’s world-class early music violinist” (The New Yorker), will direct graduate instrumentalists from his Baroque performance practice class. The concert will feature three brilliant and inventive orchestral suites from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including incidental music from Lully’s Thésée and Rameau’s Pigmalion. The evening also includes a rare performance of Jean-Féry Rebel’s unusual ballet Les Elemens, a work that opens with a depiction of chaos in which all the notes of the scale are sounded at once. Rebel’s ballet suite goes on to illustrate the various elements (earth, air, fire, and water) that form the world, along with that most important element of all: love. MORE

Published November 23, 2010
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2010-11 alumniVentures winners announced

Sarita Kwok, chair, alumniVentures committee

Dean Robert Blocker recently announced the 2010 alumniVentures awards, the grants that the Yale School of Music offers to its alumni for projects that follow the simple criterion: to advance the cause of music.

In thanking the alumni committee that recommended the recipients, the Dean acknowledged their work and the identification of outstanding projects that truly advance the cause of music. Sarita Kwok, chair of the alumniVentures selection committee, joined the Dean in thanking the committee members for their service to the Yale School of Music and its alumni. The committee members this year were David Kurtz, Richard Lalli, Emily Payne Veletzos, and Robert Weirich.

The largest grant this year went to Kelly Dehnert ’86MM, to support the only university-level band program in Malawi. The African country of 15 million people has only two university-level music programs, one of those at the African Bible College (ABC). These students are primarily underprivileged with limited opportunity to develop musical skills. Yet almost half of the student body at ABC is involved in the school’s music programs, including music theory, appreciation, keyboard, jazz, traditional African combos, bands, and choirs. Funds will be used to build new practice facilities for the band and provide for instrument repair.

Another substantial grant went to Dantes Rameau ’07MM to support the Atlanta Music Project. The year‐round, 5‐day‐a‐week, after‐school youth orchestra program targets at‐risk youth from grades 1 through 12, and is modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema program. Students are provided with instruments, instruction, classes, and performance opportunities.

View the complete list of 2010-11 winners HERE.

Published November 23, 2010
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Vista program offers a fresh look at chamber music by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Widmann

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Part of the School of Music’s renowned chamber music program, Vista features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the chamber music program and the director of the Vista series.

This Vista program includes Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from L’histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), with violinist David Radzynski, clarinetist Wai Lau, and pianist Kuok-Wai Lio; Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C minor, performed by violinist Soo Ryun Baek, cellist Arnold Choi, and pianist Joo Hyeon Park; Jorg Widmann’s Fünf Bruchstücke, with clarinetist Ashley Smith and pianist Aura Go; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, performed by violinists Joo Hye Lim and Edward Tan, violist Timothy LaCrosse, cellist James Kim, and Lindsay Garritson, piano.

The recital will stream live. Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published November 22, 2010
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Composer Augusta Read Thomas ’88MM appointed University Professor at U of Chicago

Renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas ’88MM has been appointed as University Professor of Composition in the Department of Music and the College at the University of Chicago, according to a recent announcement from the university. Thomas studied composition with Jacob Druckman at the Yale School of Music and is currently a composer-in-residence with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

University Professors are selected for internationally recognized eminence in their fields as well as for their potential for high impact across the University. Thomas will become the sixteenth person ever to hold a University Professorship, and the fifth currently at the University.

Martha Roth, Dean of the Division of the Humanities, announced the appointment on Nov. 8. Thomas’ appointment takes effect in July 2011.

Thomas is widely considered to be among the world’s most accomplished and original contemporary composers. She has won acclaim for the dramatic, spontaneous quality of her work and her masterful use of instrumental color. MORE

Published November 22, 2010
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Mingzhu Wang ’07MM wins flute division of Città di Chieri Competition

Flutist Mingzhu Wang ’07MM has been in Zurich, Switzerland, since February, furthering her musical studies at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Prof. Phillipe Racine. On November 5, she won the fst prize in the flute division of the Tenth International Città di Chieri Music Competition for Young Performers.

The picture at left was taken at the winner’s concert on November 7.

Flutist Mingzhu Wang is an experienced orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist. Born in Chengdu, China, Miss Wang grew up in a musical family. At age 10 she switched from piano to flute and began her studies with Hongjun Zhang. In 2001, Miss Wang enrolled in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, winning first place in the entrance examination. In July of 2005 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, winning the conservatory’s most prestigious scholarship every academic year. While a student at the conservatory, Miss Wang won first place in the First National Flute Competition for Collegiate Artists. She received a Master of Music in flute performance from Yale in May 2007.

Published November 18, 2010
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Yale Philharmonia features composer Martin Bresnick in concert of New Music for Orchestra Dec. 9

Other works in the Sprague Hall concert include Andy Akiho’s concerto for steel pans and Reena Esmail’s Aria with Hindustani vocalist Meena Shivram

The Yale School of Music presents its annual New Music for Orchestra concert with the Yale Philharmonia on Thursday, December 9 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The concert will feature Pan Penseroso, a flute concerto by faculty composer Martin Bresnick. Renowned flutist Ransom Wilson, also a member of the YSM faculty, will perform the solo.

Also on the program are several pieces by second-year graduate students in the Yale School of Music’s prestigious composition department. Andy Akiho, whose virtuosity on the steel pans was just featured in a November 12th On Common Ground concert, will play the solo in his own Concerto for Steel Pans. Meena Shivram will be the Hindustani vocalist in Reena Esmail‘s Aria. Also on the program are Adrian Knight‘s Comblé and Omar Surillo‘s Partner in Crime. Adrian Slywotzky and Yang Jiao, conducting fellows at the School of Music, will each lead one work on the program. Shinik Hahm is the resident conductor of the Yale Philharmonia.


Published November 18, 2010
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Rising stars of Yale Opera present an evening of Russian song

December 13 concert at Sprague Hall features an all-Tchaikovsky first half

Yale Opera and the Yale School of Music present Liederabend, the German word for “evening of song,” on Monday, December 13 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will focus on the art song of Russia, beginning with Tchaikovsky and then moving into the twentieth century.

The first, all-Tchaikovsky half of the concert features songs to texts by Alexei Tolstoy, Lev Mey, the composer’s younger brother Modest Tchaikovsky, and other writers. The second half of the concert will feature songs by Prokofiev and Shostakovich as well as highlighting the contributions of lesser-known composers such as Mikael Tariverdiev, Nariman Sabitov, Georgy Sviridov, and several more.

All the singers are students in the Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music, led by artistic director Doris Yarick Cross. Pianist Emily Olin is coaching the singers in the repertoire and Russian language, and will perform with the singers on this program. MORE

Published November 17, 2010
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Star piano quartet OPUS ONE gives East Coast premiere of a Lowell Liebermann piece, plus music of Mozart and Schumann

“The technical mastery of a solo recital with with the exuberance of a jam session.”
– Post Gazette

The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents OPUS ONE in a recital on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College
Street, New Haven). The distinguished piano quartet has garnered widespread acclaim since its debut twelve years ago. Its members, who have all built high-profile careers of their own, are Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; and Peter Wiley, cello. Kavafian is the sister of violinist Ani Kavafian, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty.

The concert will open with Mozart’s beloved Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, K. 478. Next will be the East Coast premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s new Quartet for Piano and Strings, which the ensemble premiered this past August. “It was an incredibly beautiful piece, and well received,” wrote the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. The evening will conclude with Schumann’s masterful Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 44.

Of one performance, the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote: “Opus One sang and soared, trilled and thrilled. Its sense of musical coordination was confident, its grasp of artistic subtleties, strong…. there was a keen sense of teamwork and mutual support.”


Published November 17, 2010
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Vivian Perlis named Educator of the Year by Musical America

Musical America Announces 2011 Awards for Anne-Sophie Mutter, Thomas Adès, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Simon Keenlyside, and Perlis

The publication Musical America, now in its third century as an indispensable resource for the international performing arts, today announced the winners of its annual Musical America Awards, recognizing artistic excellence and achievement in the arts.

The announcement precedes the December publication of the 2011 Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, which, in addition to its comprehensive industry listings, pays homage to each of these artists in its editorial pages.

The annual Musical America Awards will be presented in a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall on December 13.

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was named Musician of the Year; Thomas Adès is Composer of the Year; Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos is Conductor of the Year; and Simon Keenlyside is Vocalist of the Year.

Vivian Perlis founded Yale University’s Oral History of American Music project 40 years ago. By now OHAM includes over 2,000 interviews with or about such major musicians as Ives, Copland, Bernstein, Cage, Ellington, Schuman, Carter, Adams, and Eubie Blake, among many others. Much of this material was used in her award-winning book on Ives and her two-volume collaboration with Copland on his autobiography. Her most recent book is Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington: An Oral History of American Music (Yale, 2005), written with Libby Van Cleve. In short, this project was nothing less than a revolution in the preservation of music history – all due to the foresight of this visionary woman.

Read the full announcement from Musical America HERE.

Published November 10, 2010
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