YSM alumni invited to special event Nov. 15

Graduates of the Yale School of Music are invited to a special alumni event in New Haven on Tuesday, November 15.

The event will take place at 6:30 pm, before that evening’s Faculty Artist Recital. Alumni will gather at the Graduate Club (155 Elm Street) for a reception hosted by Dean Robert Blocker.

Guests are also invited to attend the recital, which features clarinet professor David Shifrin along with YSM alumni and students. Alumni performers include clarinetists Romie de Guise-Langlois and Thomas Masse, among others. The program will include music of Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, Ponchielli, Debussy, Poulenc, and Alan Shulman, plus the premiere of the complete version of Joan Panetti’s Lobgesang for seven clarinets, written for Keith Wilson.

The concert is free and open to the public. The pre-concert alumni reception is open only to Yale School of Music graduates and their guests; reservations are required.

View the invitation HERE and RSVP by Monday, October 31.

Published October 27, 2011
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David Shifrin and friends celebrate clarinet music in Nov. 15 recital

YSM performers join Shifrin in music from Mozart to Brahms to Panetti

The Yale School of Music presents clarinetist David Shifrin and friends in a Faculty Artist Series recital on Tuesday, November 15th at 8 pm. Shifrin, who just enjoyed a successful performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, will perform a diverse program including not only Mozart but also composers as diverse as Poulenc, Ponchielli, and Joan Panetti.

The program opens with Mozart’s Divertimento No. 1 in B-flat major for three basset horns – an instrument similar to the alto clarinet but with a different tone color. Shifrin, along with two of his YSM students, will play basset horns in this performance.

Recent YSM alumna Romie de Guise-Langlois will join Shifrin in Poulenc’s Sonata for two clarinets, and piano alumna Amy J. Yang will play the Brahms Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1, with Shifrin.

This concert will offer the world premiere of the newest version of Lobgesang for seven clarinets by YSM faculty composer Joan Panetti. The piece was written for Keith Wilson, the School of Music’s longtime clarinet professor (before Shifrin’s tenure), and will be performed by current and former YSM students – including Thomas Masse, now the University’s deputy provost for the arts.

The program will also include two pieces with string instruments: Alan Shulman’s Rendezvous for Benny, a piece written for clarinetist Benny Goodman, and Ponchielli’s Il Convegno for two clarinets and strings. MORE

Published October 27, 2011
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YSM alumni take home prizes in Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

YSM alumni were among the winners of the recent Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The annual event is open to instrumentalists, singers and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire.

Among this year’s winners were the Amphion String Quartet and the string quintet Sybarite5, two ensembles whose members include YSM alumni. All winners receive a two-year management contract with with the Concert Artists Guild as well as a New York recital opportunity. Sybarite5 also won the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize.

Three of the Amphion Quartet’s members are alumni: Katie Hyun ’09AD, violin; David Southorn ’09MM, ’10AD, violin; and Mihai Marica ’04CERT, ’08AD, cello. Performing in Sybarite5 is violinist Sami Merdinian ’06MM, ’07AD. MORE

Published October 27, 2011
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Boston Museum Trio performs French & Baroque music at the Collection Nov. 13

The Boston Museum Trio performs at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments on Sunday, November 13. The program will feature baroque music from French and German composers, including Rameau, Marais, Leclair, Buxtehude, and Bach. The concert will take place at 3 pm at the Collection (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The members of the Boston Museum Trio are John Gibbons, harpsichord; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; and Daniel Stepner, baroque violin. Gibbons teaches harpsichord and fortepiano and directs the Bach Ensemble at the New England Conservatory. In this concert, he will play the Collection’s double-manual harpsichord made in Paris around 1740 by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder.

Jeppesen and Stepner are both graduates of the Yale School of Music. Jeppeson is the principal violist of Boston Baroque, and plays in many early music groups including the Handel and Haydn Society and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Stepner is the first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet (in residence at Brandeis University) and artistic director of the Aston Magna Festival.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance. MORE

Published October 27, 2011
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