Music in Schools Initiative continues to thrive

New Haven All-City Band makes its debut on May, plus other events

A competitor in the 2010 Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition

The Music in Schools Initiative, a project bringing together the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) continues to thrive in New Haven. Upcoming events include the first-ever performance by the new Yale/NHPS All-City Band, a performance by the Yale/NHPS Honors Chorus, and the Fourth Annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competitions.

The Yale/NHPS All-City Band will make its debut performance on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). The band will perform four pieces by Thomas C. Duffy, plus arrangments of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, among others. The ensemble comprises 35 students selected from eight New Haven schools. Duffy, the director of bands at Yale, is the music director. Students from the Yale School of Music teach and perform with the ensemble.

Now in its second year, the Yale/NHPS Honors Chorus will present its annual performance on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 pm, also in Morse Recital Hall. The auditioned chorus is comprised of 31 students in grades 6 through 9 from twelve New Haven Public Schools. The Honors Chorus, directed by Jonathan Berryman (the choral director at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School), is a collaborative effort between the Yale Glee Club, the Yale School of Music, Music in Schools Initiative, and the New Haven Public Schools.

This year, the Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition will expand into three divisions, organized by grade level. The competition for Grades 4–6 will take place on May 24; the event for Grades 7 and 8 will be on May 25; and students in grades 9–12 will compete on May 26. All three divisions take place in Morse Recital Hall and begin at 5 pm. Three prizes – $200, $150, and $100 – will be awarded each day.


Published April 28, 2011
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Linden Quartet concert at the Kennedy Center Apr. 27 will stream live

The Linden String Quartet – currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music – will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 pm. The concert will stream live on the Kennedy Center’s website.

The program, called Light and Dark, features Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major and Robert Schumann’s Quartet in A minor. Debussy wrote to his friend Ravel: “In the name of the gods of music and in my own, do not touch a single note you have written of your Quartet.” Schumann’s first string quartet was part of a burst of chamber works that the newlywed composer wrote in 1842.

The Linden Quartet has won such prestigious competitions as the Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman, and it shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition last spring. The members of the Linden Quartet – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale School of Music.

Published April 26, 2011
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Yale Collection of Musical Instruments joins live streaming

Masaaki Suzuki’s harpsichord recital at the Collection of Musical Instruments on Tuesday, April 26 will stream live at This is the first time that the School of Music will live-stream from the Collection.

photo by Marco Borggreve

Suzuki performs regularly as a conductor as well as a keyboardist. In this recital, he will play music from France, England, and Germany, with compositions by Louis Couperin (the uncle of the better-known François Couperin), William Byrd, Jakob Froberger, Dietrich Buxtehude, and – Suzuki’s specialty – Johann Sebastian Bach.

The program opens with Couperin’s Suite in A minor and Passacaille in C major, followed by Byrd’s Ninth Pavane and Gaillarde, from My Ladye Nevells Booke. Suzuki will then play Froberger’s Partita No. 12 in C major, “Lamento sopra la dolorosa,” and Buxtehude’s Prelude in G minor. He will close the program with two works by Bach: the Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor, BWV 853, and the Partita No. 6 in E minor.

Masaaki Suzuki will play two of the Collection’s harpsichords: a Flemish instrument made by Andreas Ruckers in Antwerp around 1640, and an “expressive double” made in Paris by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder around 1740.

The recital will take place on Tuesday, April 26 at 5 pm at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). Tickets to this recital are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students. The live stream can be accessed at

For more information, visit or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published April 25, 2011
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Concert features Terry Riley’s In C and more May 4

The Yale School of Music will present a Guitar Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). The concert will feature a performance of Terry Riley’s mesmerizing 1964 work In C with musicians from across the School of Music, including bassist Jack Vees and oboist Libby van Cleve.

In addition, the concert will include Toru Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea for alto flute and guitar, Joan Tower’s Snow Dreams for flute and guitar, and Bartók’s Five Romanian Folk Dances for violin and guitar. The program will also present a new piece co-composed by Max Zuckerman and Adrian Knight, both graduate students at the Yale School of Music.

In C is flexible in both instrumentation and duration, as well as in the specifics of how its 53 individual phrases overlap and unfold as each musician moves through them. The piece is widely considered the beginning of musical minimalism.

Toward the Sea, said Takemitsu, is “an homage to the sea” in which “meditation and water are wedded together.” Much of it is rhythmically free, without barlines. Greenpeace commissioned the piece in 1981 for its Save the Whales campaign. The titles of its three sections (The Night, Moby-Dick, and Cape Cod) refer to Melville’s Moby Dick. In speaking of Snow Dreams, Joan Tower has said: “There are many different images of snow…. Many of these images can be found in the piece, if in fact, they need to be found at all.”


Published April 21, 2011
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Clarinet Kaleidoscope concert features David Shifrin with graduate students and alumni May 5

David Shifrin in a lesson with Emil Khudyev. Photo by Bob Handelman.

The Yale School of Music will present a Clarinet Kaleidoscope Concert on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 5 pm in Sudler Recital Hall in W.L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall St., adjacent to Sprague Hall). The concert is the brainchild of David Shifrin, who is a clarinet professor at the School of Music as well as the artistic director of both the Chamber Music Society at Yale and the Yale in New York concert series. Shifrin will perform alongside four of his graduate students in clarinet: Soojin Huh ’11MM, Emil Khudyev ’11MM, Wai Lau ’12MM, and Sara Wollmacher ’11MM. Guest artists include Vincent Oneppo ’73MM, recently retired from the staff of the School of Music, and Paul Cho ’09MM, ’10AD.

The concert will feature the clarinet septet Lobgesang by faculty composer Joan Panetti. The work is dedicated to Keith Wilson, who preceded David Shifrin on the Yale School of Music clarinet faculty. Another highlight will be Mozart’s Adagio in B-flat major for two clarinets and three basset horns. There will be duos by Poulenc and Andrzej Anweiler and quintets by Mozart, Dvorák, and Strauss. The program will also feature numerous arrangements of works such as Joplin rags, Piazzola tangos, Gershwin’s “Summertime” and “Somebody Loves Me,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” and more.

Published April 20, 2011
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Results of 2011 Woolsey Competition announced

The 2011 Woolsey Competition took place on Saturday, April 16, with twenty-two finalists from the Yale School of Music competing. The guest judges – violinist Sharon Yamada, hornist David Ohanian, and pianist André-Michel Schub – selected three winners:

Soo Ryun Baek, violin

Soo Ryun Baek
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major for violin and orchestra

Lindsay Garritson
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

Kristan Toczko
Ginastera: Harp Concerto, Op. 25

The winners will appear as soloists with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale next season.

The judges also awarded a First Honorable Mention to David Radzynski for the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1. The Second Honorable Mention went to soprano Sherezade Panthaki for Mozart’s Schon lacht der holde Frühling and Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio!.

Published April 18, 2011
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Cellist Jacques Wood gives a lecture-recital on historical performance and Beethoven May 5

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani joins Wood in performing sonatas on historical and modern instruments

The Yale School of Music will present a lecture-recital by cellist Jacques Lee Wood on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). Wood, a graduate of the School of Music, is a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble and studies historical performance practice with early music specialist Robert Mealy.

In his presentation, Wood will examine issues of historical performance practice in Beethoven’s cello sonatas and will discuss how they apply to today’s performers. The lecture, writes Wood, “will discuss and demonstrate the idiomatic writing, musical syntax, and performance practices of the Classical period – ultimately suggesting these elements as viable inclusions to current interpretation.”

Along with pianist Ryo Yanagitani, Wood will illustrate the lecture with examples played on both historical and modern instruments. On historical instruments, including the School of Music’s fortepiano built by Rodney Regier, the duo will play Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor and Sonata No. 3 in A major. Wood and Yanagitani perform frequently together as Duo Chrysalis.

Admission to the lecture-recital is free. MORE

Published April 15, 2011
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The Yale Baroque Ensemble makes its Carnegie Hall debut April 25

The Yale in New York series at the Yale School of Music presents the Yale Baroque Ensemble in its Carnegie Hall debut on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 8 pm. The concert will take place in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY). The ensemble, directed by Robert Mealy, will perform a program of avant-garde music from the seventeenth century entitled Stylus Fantasticus.

Stylus Fantasticus celebrates the experimental and virtuosic chamber music of seventeenth-century Italy and Germany. The program will feature brilliant and rarely-heard chamber sonatas in the stilo moderno (modern style) by Dario Castello, Giovanni Paolo Cima, and Giovanni Battista Fontana, along with spectacular ensemble sonatas by Johann Schmelzer, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, and others.

Robert Mealy, described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” directs the Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE). Harpsichordist Avi Stein and the current members of the postgraduate ensemble will be joined by YBE alumnni from previous years.

Tickets are $15–$25, and student and senior discounts are available. Purchase tickets online, call CarnegieCharge at 212 247-7800, or visit the Carnegie Hall box office.

About the Performers

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate trio sonata ensemble of two violins, cello, and keyboard dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. String players in the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785. MORE

Published April 15, 2011
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Last Lunchtime Chamber Music concert of the season in Sprague Hall May 4

The Yale School of Music will present the last Lunchtime Chamber Music concert of the season on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 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, including excerpts from piano quintets by Brahms and Dvorak, as well as a trio sonata for winds by the baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. The performers are graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. Violinist Wendy Sharp, a member of the School of Music faculty, is the director of the chamber music program.

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

Published April 15, 2011
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Concert features winning performances from annual chamber music competition

The Chamber Music Society at the Yale School of Music presents its annual concert of competition winners on Tuesday, May 3 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). This year’s winning performers form a diverse group in terms of both instrumentation and repertoire.

The concert will open with Anthony Plog’s brass quintet Mosaics, a piece that critic Barry Kilpatrick called “a thing of beauty… a remarkable study in virtuoso ensemble interplay.” Mosaics will be performed by David Wharton and Ryan Olsen, trumpet; Jessica Lascoe, horn; Matthew Russo, trombone; and Benjamin Firer, bass trombone. A classical string trio follows: Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat major, K. 563, performed by Nayeon Kim, violin; Onyou Kim, viola; and Soojin Chung, cello.

The duo of Rosa Jang and Kristan Toczko will perform what writer David Sumbler calls “one of the most substantial works ever written for flute and harp”: Naiades, written in 1927 by the British composer William Alwyn. The concert will conclude with the fierce, turbulent Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, played by Helen Kim, violin; Kendra James, viola; Yoonhee Ko, cello; and Esther Park, piano.


Published April 14, 2011
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