Pianist Greg Anderson performs music from Bach to Radiohead

Sep. 29 Doctor of Musical Arts recital also features Anderson & Roe Duo

The Yale School of Music presents the pianist Greg Anderson in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

Known for his adventurous programming, Anderson will perform an eclectic assortment of music, from Bach to Rachmaninoff to Radiohead.

The concert will open with two solo piano works: J.S. Bach’s French Suite in G major and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28.

The second half of the program will feature the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Anderson’s longstanding musical partnership with Elizabeth Joy Roe. Their program, featuring fantasies and arrangements by Anderson himself, will include Bach’s “Erbarme Dich” from the St. Matthew Passion; Aria (“Lo, at Midnight”) from the Bachianas Brasilieras by Villa-Lobos; Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” from the album OK Computer; and the Fantasy for two pianos from Bizet’s opera Carmen. MORE

Published September 14, 2011
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Aaron Hodgson performs contemporary trumpet music

Doctor of Musical Arts recital Sep. 22 features music written in the last 50 years

The Yale School of Music presents Aaron Hodgson, trumpet, in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. Hodgson will be joined by trumpeters Tom Bergeron and Paul Murphy, who are both alumni of the Yale School of Music, and by pianist Daniel Schlosberg.

Dedicated to expanding the repertoire and audiences for trumpet, Hodgson will perform a program of music written in the past fifty years. The program opens with the Passagen-Processional, a trumpet trio written in 2010 by Moritz Eggert, and will continue with two multi-movement works: William Rowson’s recent Sonata for trumpet and piano and Robert Henderson’s Variation Movements from 1967.

The second half will begin with two pieces by younger composers: Sung in a Rickshaw by Gabriel Dharmoo (b. 1981), and Song Without Words by David J. Lang (b. 1988). The concert will conclude with another piece for three trumpets, Tobin Stokes’s Trio Lyrical from 2010.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. MORE

Published September 14, 2011
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Garth Neustadter ’12MM wins Emmy Award

Composer Garth Neustadter ’12MM has won an Emmy Award for his score for the PBS documentary John Muir in the New World, an episode of American Masters. The score was recorded at Yale with members of the Yale Philharmonia, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and the Linden String Quartet.

Neustadter, 25, is a student in the School of Music’s composition program, where he studies with Christopher Theofanidis. He will earn his Master of Music degree in May.

“Winning the Emmy was an almost surreal experience,” Neustadter told the Hartford Courant earlier today. He told the School of Music: “I had been extremely honored just to receive the nomination, so receiving the actual award was a humbling moment, and I am very appreciative of everyone involved in the project including members of the Yale Philharmonia, Symphony, and Linden String Quartet.” He received the award at the Creative Arts Awards and Ball, which is separate from the Sept. 18 telecast at which actors accept their statuettes.

Neustadter is a native of Wisconsin – as is TV producer Catherine Tatge, who “was looking for people from Wisconsin as much as possible,” Neustadter told the Courant. Muir, a pioneering advocate of preserving the American wilderness, grew up in Wisconsin after spending the first years of his life in Scotland. Muir co-founded the Sierra Club and was instrumental in preserving the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park. MORE

Published September 12, 2011
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Yoshi Onishi ’07MM, ’08AD wins Gaudeamus Prize

Photo by David Adamcyk

Composition alumnus Yoshiaki Onishi ’07MM, ’08AD won the 2011 Gaudeamus Prize, it was announced yesterday. The prestigious prize was awarded after the closing concert of the Gaudeamus Music Week at Museum Speelklok in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The international jury unanimously selected Onishi, born 1981 in Japan, from the thirteen nominees. The prize was awarded by Aleid Wolfsen, the mayor of Utrecht. The jury consisted of Tadeusz Wielecki (Poland), Miguel Azguime (Portugal) and Rozalie Hirs (The Netherlands).

“Winning the prize was the last thing I was expecting at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek,” wrote Onishi in an email. “I was focused on a fruitful collaboration with the Nieuw Ensemble, which played my piece with vitality and intellect. With thirteen nominees and their thirteen completely different stylistic traits, I thought anybody could win. Hearing my name announced at the award ceremony seemed almost too surreal.”

He continued, “Nobody knows what a prize may bring to his/her life. But in accepting this prize, I feel that I am given a reminder and a huge responsibility to fulfill in the coming years. That is, I must keep learning, improve my métiers as a musician, and become a better person.”

The Gaudeamus Music Week, an international festival for new music, is a meeting place for numerous young composers. 385 compositions from over thirty countries were submitted for consideration; thirteen compositions were nominated for the prize and were performed during the festival. Onishi’s Départ dans… was performed last Friday night by the Nieuw Ensemble. 

Two years ago, YSM alum Ted Hearne ’09MMA won the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize for selected movements from his piece Katrina Ballads.

The jury stated that Onishi

“is a master of the material, and also continuously shows the ‘drive’ to really make music. The winning piece was written from a strong, creative driving force. In his work he created his own world with its own rules and sounds, a seemingly inescapable form with an extraordinary musical interaction between the musicians. The jury is looking forward to discover how this remarkable talent will develop.” MORE

Published September 12, 2011
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Kyung Jun Kim ’09CERT wins third prize in Yokohama Competition

Kyung-Jun Kim '09 CERT

Kyung-Jun Kim ’09 CERT

Violinist Kyung Jun Kim ’09CERT won the third prize at the Fifth Yokohama International Music Competition (strings professionals general category. The competition was held from August 7th to August 27th, 2011.

The Yokohama International Music Competition began in 2007 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yokohama Harbor; it  has been held every year since. The competition provides gifted musicians from Japan and overseas with the opportunity to perform, as well as to give Yokohama a central role in promoting cultural exchange.

In addition, Mr. Kim visited Italy last year and received a diploma at the 29th Concorso Internazionale di Violino (Rodolfo Lipizer).

Published September 7, 2011
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Yale Philharmonia opens its season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Sep. 23 concert features soloists from Yale Opera plus Yale Camerata and Yale Glee Club

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8 pm in historic Woolsey Hall.

Shinik Hahm will conduct the concert, which opens with a fanfare by Richard Strauss and continues with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3. The fanfare, written for the Vienna Philharmonic, has been played at the orchestra’s annual balls ever since its composition in 1924. Beethoven’s dramatic overture is one of four written for his only opera – which itself went through numerous revisions and was eventually named Fidelio.

For Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, the Yale Philharmonia will be joined by the Yale Glee Club (Jeffrey Douma, director) and Yale Camerata (Marguerite L. Brooks, director). The vocal soloists, who are current or former students in the prestigious Yale Opera program, are soprano Amanda Hall, mezzo-soprano Kelly Hill, tenor Sam Levine, and bass-baritone Andrew Brown.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. MORE

Published September 7, 2011
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Saturday Seminar Addresses the Future of Symphony Orchestras

Jesse Rosen

In collaboration with YSM’s newly established Career Strategies Office, associate dean Michael Yaffe announced the first Saturday Seminar of the 2011-2012 school year. The seminar will address The Future of Orchestras and will take place Saturday, September 24th from 1:00-2:30pm on the stage of Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.

The series of Saturday Seminars offers a valuable opportunity for YSM students to connect with leaders in the arts field and discuss the most important issues facing musicians today.

Designed with orchestral students in mind, the session will address The Future of Orchestras. The seminar will be led by Astrid Baumgardner and will feature Jesse Rosen, Anne-Marie Soulliere, and Carolyn Kuan.

Carolyn Kuan

The event is now open for registration. Students can register online by clicking HERE.

Astrid Baumgardner, an attorney and certified professional life coach, is the coordinator of YSM’s Career Strategies Office. Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, made an important speech on “Orchestras at the Crossroads” at this summer’s LAO conference. Anne-Marie Soulliere, a member of the YSM Board of Visitors, is the president of Fidelity Foundations. Carolyn Kuan was recently named music director and conductor for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and has worked with many other orchestras and festivals.

All four guests have spent time thinking about how orchestras can adapt to thrive in our modern world.

With the recent failure and bankruptcy of several important American orchestras, many in the field are exploring new and innovative models to ensure the future success of orchestras. This seminar will be valuable for all students considering orchestral careers after graduation. It  is also an opportunity to make contact with three significant leaders in the field.

Published September 6, 2011
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From the Archives: Richard Storrs Willis

One of the first notable musicians to come out of Yale was Richard Storrs Willis (1819–1900). He graduated from Yale College in 1841 – before the School of Music even existed.

Willis was the president of Yale’s Beethoven Society in 1838 and 1840. After graduation he studied music in Germany for six years. His teachers there included Felix Mendelssohn.

Most prolific in writing hymns, Willis is best known for having written the music to “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”

After his studies in Germany, Willis returned to America and served as music critic for the New York Tribune, The Albion, and The Musical Times, where he was also the editor for a time. He was a member of the New-York American-Music Association.

Willis founded his own journal, Once a Month: A Paper of Society, Belles-Lettres and Art, which published its first issue in January of 1862.

Published September 2, 2011
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