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

February 25, 2011

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.

The New Music New Haven concert series, which provides a forum for young composers like these to hear their works, is directed by Christopher Theofanidis.

This performance is free is open to the public. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Ezra Laderman

A distinguished and widely performed composer, Ezra Laderman has composed works commissioned by the Chicago Symphony, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the orchestras of Philadelphia, Minnesota, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, New Haven, and many others; and the New York City, Turnau, and Tri-Cities operas. He has also written works for such ensembles as the Tokyo, Juilliard, and Vermeer quartets and for soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sherrill Milnes, and Emanuel Ax, among others. Laderman is the recipient of three Guggenheim Fellowships, the Prix de Rome, and Rockefeller and Ford Foundation grants. He has served as president of the National Music Council, chair of the American Composers Orchestra, director of the NEA Music Program, and president of the American Music Center. He was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1989 and became its president in 2006. From 1989 to 1995 he served as dean of the Yale School of Music.


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