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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