New Music New Haven features Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No. 2

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will feature faculty composer Ezra Laderman and his Piano Sonata No. 2, written in 1956. The four-movement work will be performed by Adela Hyeyeon Park, a graduate of the School of Music who has been praised for her “very sensitive” (Washington Post) and “highly nuanced” (Lucid Culture) playing. The program includes another piano piece by a faculty composer, Ingram Marshall’s Authentic Presence.

The concert will open with several new works by graduate composers from the Yale School of Music: Justin Tierney’s Chains for solo marimba, performed by the dynamic percussionist Candy Chiu, and Andy Akiho’s Love Lost Lust Lone, performed by the ensemble Loadbang. Reena Esmail’s Two Tones for violin, piano, and voice is based on the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. Omar Surillo’s Blanket is a slow, sustained work for electric guitar, saxophone, keyboard, and laptop. Chris Rogerson combines ancient and new sounds in his solo cello piece Bradwell-on-the-Sea, inspired by the site (in Essex, England) of the oldest active church in all of Great Britain. Daniel Wohl’s Saint Arc is a piece for cello and electronics. MORE

Published February 25, 2011
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Yale alumnae take part in Opera Boston’s Cardillac

Opera Boston is presenting the long-delayed New England premiere of Hindemith’s opera Cardillac on February 25 and 27, and March 1. Making their Opera Boston debuts in mainstage roles are Sol Kim-Bentley, a graduate of Yale College, and Janna Baty, a YSM alumna who is now on the faculty of the School of Music.

Paul Hindemith, whose first opera is rarely performed, taught at Yale for many years. Academically, many of his contributions were to early music, particularly in founding the university’s collegium musicum. He modeled much of Cardillac on the structure of Handelian opera.

Opera News and the Boston Globe have both written preview articles about the production.

Soprano Sol Kim-Bentley, a longtime featured member of Opera Boston’s ensemble, was most recently a memorable Roll Seller in 2009’s The Nose. Cardillac marks her principal role debut as Cardillac’s Daughter, who cannot compete with her father’s golden creations for his love. Kim-Bentley, a two-time Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions regional finalist, most recently understudied the title role in their world premiere of Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake (performing the role for an  invited  dress rehearsal),  sang the role of Tosca with Longwood Opera, and was the Roll Seller in Opera Boston’s New England premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose. MORE

Published February 24, 2011
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Aaron Jay Kernis is DePauw University’s Composer-in-Residence for 2011

91015The DePauw University School of Music announced that composer Aaron Jay Kernis, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty, will begin a residency under the auspices of the “Music of the 2st Century” series on Wednesday, March 2. During his residency, Kernis will participate in classes, sit in on rehearsals, and spend time in studio sessions. His visit will culminate with a final concert on Sunday, March 6 in the Green Center for the Performing Arts.

Kernis is the winner of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and one of the youngest composers ever to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times has cited his “fearless originality [and] powerful voice.”

Music of the 21st Century, an annual event at DePauw, brings some of the world’s most outstanding and recognized composers to work side-by-side with the students at the DePauw School of Music. Previous visitors have included Joan Tower, Samuel Adler, Chen-Yi, Jake Heggie, George Crumb, Augusta Read Thomas, Tania León, Frederic Rzewski and Martin Bresnick.

In preparation for Kernis’ visit as composer-in-residence, students have been studying and practicing many of his works that will be performed in a series of concerts throughout the week.


Published February 24, 2011
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Pianist Robert Blocker performs music from Scarlatti to Schwantner March 23

“A measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity….”
– Los Angeles Times

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by its Dean, pianist Robert Blocker on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The Los Angeles Times has praised Blocker’s “…great skill and accomplishment, a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity… mesmerizing moments.”

The program will span over three centuries of music, beginning with four short sonatas by the baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti. Blocker will then veer into the nineteenth century to play Chopin’s Two Nocturnes, Op. 27, and the Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49.

Joseph Schwantner’s Palindromes, written in 2006, will open the second half of the program, which will continue with Ravel’s three-movement Sonatine. The evening will conclude with Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata No.1, Op. 22.

Tickets range from $12 to $22, $6 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


Published February 23, 2011
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Duo Atapine-Park Wins Second Prize at Vittorio Gui Competition

On February 19th, 2011 cellist Dmitri Atapine (’10 DMA, ’06 AD, ’05 MMA) and pianist Adela Hyeyeon Park (’05 MM, ’06 AD) received the Second Prize at the prestigious Premio Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition in Florence, Italy. The event is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

The Duo Atapine-Park competed with over 40 ensembles comprising duos, trios, string quartets, and piano quintets from all over the globe.  In the competition’s three rounds, they performed works by Beethoven, Barber, Jalbert, Martinu, Stravinsky, and Rachmaninoff. The Duo’s final appearance at the Winners Concert was broadcast from the Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino on the RAI Radio Italia.

Dr. Atapine and Ms. Park have been playing together as a duo since they started their studies in 2003 at the Yale School of Music, where they were mentored by Aldo Parisot and Peter Frankl, respectively. Since then, they have performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In the fall of 2009 the duo released a CD on the Urtext Digital label distributed by Naxos, and just a few weeks ago their performance at the Chicago Cultural Center was broadcast live on WFMT.

Dr. Atapine is currently the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and Ms. Park is a doctoral candidate at the Peabody Conservatory, where she studies with Yong Hi Moon.

Ms. Park will be featured in the New Music New Haven concert on March 24th, when she will perform Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No. 2.

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Published February 22, 2011
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Johanna Novom and Avi Stein perform at Collection of Musical Instruments Feb. 24

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents a recital with baroque violinist Johanna Novom and harpsichordist Avi Stein on Thursday, February 24 at 5:30 pm at the Collection (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The program will feature sonatas of Arcangelo Corelli, Heinrich von Biber, Domenico Scarlatti, and J.S. Bach, as well as shorter pieces by Jean Henry D’Anglebert, Georg Muffat, and Jacques Duphly.

The first half will present Corelli’s Sonata in A Major, Op. 5, No. 6; D’Anglebert’s Prelude in G Minor; Georg Muffat’s Passacaglia; Jacques Duphly‘s La Forqueray and Médée; and Biber’s Sonata in E Minor (1681).

In the second half, Novom and Stein will perform three sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757): Sonata in D Major, K. 119; Sonata in E Major, K. 531; and the Sonata in D Minor, K. 141. The program will conclude with J.S. Bach’s (1685-1750) Sonata for violin and obbligato harpsichord in A Major, BWV 1015. MORE

Published February 21, 2011
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Four YSM composers among award recipients from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Jay Wadley

The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently announced the recipients of this year’s awards in music. Among the fifteen recipients of the five different awards were four current and past students of the Yale School of Music.

Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives’ music, which has enabled the Academy to give the Ives awards in music since 1970.  Two Charles Ives Fellowships, of $15,000 each, will be awarded to Dan Visconti and Jay Wadley ’07MM, ’08AD.

Six Charles Ives Scholarships of $7500, given to composition students of great promise, will be awarded to Christopher Cerrone ’09MM, ’10MMA and Hannah Lash ’12AD, as well as Louis Chiappetta, Michael Ippolito, Bryan Jacobs, and Alex Mincek.

The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Ezra Laderman (chairman), David Del Tredici, Fred Lerdahl, Bernard Rands, Steven Stucky, and Yehudi Wyner. Rands and Wyner are both alumni of the Yale School of Music.

The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual ceremony in May. Candidates for the music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.


Published February 18, 2011
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In memoriam: Violinist and conductor Sidney Harth, former faculty member

Violinist and conductor Sidney Harth died on February 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh. He was 85 years old. Harth served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music for seventeen years; he also led the conducting programs at Mannes College of Music, University of Texas in Houston, and the Hartt College of Music. He was the head of the music department and the Andrew W. Mellon Permanent Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. Concurrently, he was also the director of orchestral activities at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University.

Sidney Harth graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music and studied with Joseph Knitzer, Michel Piastro and Georges Enesco. He married his classmate Teresa Testa, who was likewise a musician. Both their children, Laura and Robert, also became professionals in music production and arts administration. Teresa Harth passed away in February 2010. Their son, Robert J. Harth, was CEO of Carnegie Hall; he passed away in January 2004. Sidney Harth is survived by his daughter, music producer Laura Harth Rodriguez, as well as his son-in-law and grandson.

Mr. Harth was the first American to receive the Laureate Prize in the prestigious Wieniawski Violin Competition in 1957. He served as concertmaster of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, where he was also assistant conductor. As a soloist, he performed with the major symphony orchestras of North America, Europe, South America, Russia, China, and Israel. He made a number of recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Krakow Radio and Television Orchestra.


Published February 16, 2011
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Paul Badura-Skoda illuminates Mozart in March 3 master class

Pianist brings “a lifetime assimilation of scholarship realized by performance.”
– Clavier

The Yale School of Music presents a master class with the Austrian pianist Paul Badura-Skoda on Thursday, March 3 at 10:30 am in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). Badura-Skoda has earned praise for his “unerring musicianship” (Washington Post) and “a lifetime assimilation of scholarship realized by performance” (Clavier).

A specialist in Mozart, whose music he performs on both modern pianos and historical instruments, Badura-Skoda will hear three pianists each play a movement from different piano concertos of Mozart. Aura Go will play a movement from Mozart’s Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K. 271; Elizaveta Miller will perform a movement from the Concerto No. 20 in  D minor, K. 466; and Esther Park will select a movement of the Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491. All three pianists are graduate students at the Yale School of Music.

Published February 15, 2011
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Dean Blocker among Central Conservatory honorees in Beijing

Dean Blocker accepts his award from Wang Cizhao, the president of the Central Conservatory of Music.

Last fall, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China honored Dean Robert Blocker at a ceremony celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding. On November 1 the Conservatory held a ceremony with hundreds of alumni and guests, including composer Tan Dun, pianist Lang Lang, and the heads of numerous Chinese universities, conservatories, orchestras, and opera companies.

The Yale School of Music enjoys a close collaboration with the Central Conservatory (CCOM). Over the years, several students have come to Yale from CCOM, and in 2008, CCOM and the Yale School of Music jointly hosted Musicathlon: the Conservatory Music Festival, presenting performances and master classes with musicians from eleven conservatories across the globe. The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale performed at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, and the ensemble joined with the CCOM orchestra and chorus in a performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony.

In the November ceremony, Dean Robert Blocker was honored with a Certificate of Honorary Academician. The distinction was also given to Yu Long, the artistic director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Other awards included the Excellent Artistic Achievements Award, given to pianist Lang Lang.

The ceremony concluded with a performance of the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, performed by the China Youth Symphony Orchestra of CCOM and Youth Chorus of CCOM. Lin Tao conducted.

Published February 15, 2011
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