CD featuring Yale alums becomes No. 1 featured classical album on iTunes

Grace Cloutier ’05MM and the vocal ensemble Etherea, which includes several Yalies, have seen their recent album rising on the charts. Ceremony of Carols, on Delos, became the No. 1 featured classical album on iTunes and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard ‘traditional classical’ charts.

Yale alumni featured on the album include not only Cloutier but also Arianne Abela ’10MM, Awet Andemicael ’10DIV, Alan Murchie ’85BA, ’07DIV, and Lucy Fitz Gibbon ’10BA, as well as Yale staff members Rebekah Westphal (Director of International Admissions, Yale College) and Derek Greten-Harrison (Admissions and Student Affairs, Institute of Sacred Music).

Opera News offered a rave review, saying that “The singers of Etherea impress the listener with their dynamic range and flexible technique” and “present an elegant, nuanced reading of Britten’s score.” In addition, “Cloutier provides superb accompaniment throughout, and in addition to the solo harp interludes in the Britten and Rutter, she excels in a lush, romantic performance of Gliere’s Impromptu for Harp.”

Other Alumni Recordings

Greg Anderson ’08MMA, with his piano duo partner Elizabeth Joy Roe, released When Words Fade on the Steinway & Sons label. The debut release from Anderson & Roe is captured by multi–Grammy-winning producer Steven Epstein. When Words Fade features original piano four-hand arrangements of vocal repertoire and popular songs by composers from Vivaldi, Rachmaninov, and Schubert to Michael Jackson, Radiohead, and Coldplay. Packaged with the CD is a bonus DVD featuring dramatizations that re-interpret four of the wordless piano duos and their emotional potency with a modern twist. Watch their video of Schubert’s Erlkönig HERE. MORE

Published December 1, 2011
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Patrick Quigley ’02MM receives two Grammy nominations

Patrick Quigley ’02MM, a choral conducting major who studied with Marguerite Brooks at the School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, received two Grammy nominations this year.

Quigley is the founding artistic director of Seraphic Fire, a national ensemble of professional singers. His nominations are in two categories for two different projects. The awards will be announced in February 2012.

For the recording of the Brahms Requiem, nominated in the category of Best Choral Performance, Seraphic Fire was joined by the Professional Choral Institute and pianists Scott Allen Jarret and Justin Blackwell. Among the vocal soloists was baritone Paul Max Tipton, a 2010 graduate of the vocal program at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music.

A Seraphic Fire Christmas, a collection of traditional Christmas carols and music heard at King’s College, Cambridge, was nominated in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance.

In eight seasons, Patrick Dupré Quigley has built Seraphic Fire into a nationally recognized ensemble, now considered one of Miami’s five major performing arts institutions. Mr. Quigley has commissioned and premiered numerous works, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Road from Hiroshima: A Requiem by Shawn Crouch and the acoustic version of Ingram Marshall’s Hymnodic Delays. Known for its high-quality and exciting performances of baroque and new music, Seraphic Fire is also the first classical ensemble since the Benedictine Monks of Silos to reach the Top Ten on the Billboard Pop Charts, appearing with international pop-star Shakira on her platinum-selling album Oral Fixation 2.

Published December 1, 2011
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