[ concerts ]

Guest conductor Jahja Ling ’85DMA leads the Yale Philharmonia April 20

Jahja Ling, conductor

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale under renowned guest conductor (and alumnus) Jahja Ling on Friday, April 20. Harpist Kristan Toczko will be a featured soloist. The program will include music of Brahms, Ginastera, and Dvorak.

Jahja Ling, who studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music (’85DMA), was resident conductor of the illustrious Cleveland Orchestra for many years and is now music director of the San Diego Symphony. He now returns to Yale to conduct his alma mater’s orchestra.

Of one recent performance, the Cleveland Plain Dealer raved, “Ling turned every moment into a compelling statement.” MORE

Published March 28, 2012
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Reinis Zarins ’09CERT wins Great Latvian Music Award 2011

Pianist Reinis Zarins ’09CERT was recently awarded the Great Latvian Music Award 2011 in the category of Outstanding Interpretation. The award is the highest state recognition in the field of classical music in Latvia.

Zarins received the award for three interpretations: a solo recital (Bach+Messiaen and Kenins+Schumann), a concerto (Mozart’s Concerto in G major, K. 453), and a duo recital of twentieth-century works with a Latvian violinist (Messiaen+Ravel and Corigliano+Gershwin).

More about Latvia’s Great Music Award

In 1993, on the initiative of the then-Minister of Culture, Raimonds Pauls, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia decided to mark each year’s major achievements in Latvia’s concert life with a special award. This began a tradition that both musicians and audiences look forward to.

The award ceremony takes place at the Latvian National Opera House and is broadcast on radio and television.

The high prestige of the Great Music Award both in wider community and in musical circles is ensured by the work of a respectable jury. All through the year, the members of the jury attend concerts and hold monthly meetings, taking minutes each time. In 2007, it was decided to announce the nominees at a special Ministry of Culture press conference in early January. The prize winners are announced during the award ceremony. Voting on the nominees takes place in January, while voting on the prizewinners takes place the very day of the award ceremony.

An artistically valuable and essential part of the Great Music Award is the trophy itself, a silver statuette made by artist Armands Jēkabsons. The Great Music Award ceremony is organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and Latvijas Koncerti ( www.muzikasbalva.lv).

Published March 28, 2012
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Yale Opera records Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re

Singers of Yale Opera will perform and record Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re at this year’s Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, Poland.

Łukasz Borowicz is conducting the concert performance of the opera, which also features the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Choir.

The cast features soprano Sara Jakubiak ’06MM, ’07AD (Fiora); tenor Eric Barry ’10MM, ’11AD (Avito); tenor Jorge Prego ’12AD (Flaminio); and baritone David Pershall ’10MM, ’11AD (Manfredo); as well as bass Nikolay Didenko (Archibaldo). Henryk Wojnarowski is the choir master.

The performance takes place Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (pictured at left). The event takes place under the Honorary Patronage of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Lee Feinstein.

Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published March 27, 2012
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Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho featured in New Music New Haven concert April 12

“She is, quite simply, one of the most original compositional voices of our time.”
— Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring guest composer Kaija Saariaho on Thursday, April 12. Saariaho’s pieces Serenatas and Terrestre will be performed alongside new works by students in the School of Music’s prestigious composition program. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

Saariaho describes Serenatas – a collection of five small pieces for cello, piano, and percussion – as “sometimes sweet, sometimes tormented.” “The attitude of the musicians,” she says, should be as “devoted as it would be when playing a serenade to a lover…”

Terrestre is a reworking for solo flute with violin, cello, harp, and percussion) of the second movement of the two-movement flute concerto Aile du songe (Wing of Dream), which itself was inspired by a collection of poems called Oiseaux (Birds) by Saint-John Perse.

The concert will also feature music by graduate composers from the Yale School of Music: Jordan Kuspa’s Picaresque Episodes for trombone quartet; Stephen Feigenbaum’s Sonata for double bass and piano (with Matthew Rosenthal, bass, and Lee Dionne, piano); Daniel Schlosberg’s Once (with Shawn Moore, violin, and Colin Brookes, viola); Justin Tierney’s Escritura del Dios (with Dashon Burton, bass-baritone); and Fay Wang’s Monodrama of Old Heaven. MORE

Published March 26, 2012
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Conducting Fellows Lead the Philharmonia March 30

Program Features Two Beethoven Symphonies

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia on Friday, March 30. Conducting fellows Paolo Bortolameolli and Yang Jiao will lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 7.

Bortolameolli, a first-year conducting fellow, will conduct the Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, written in 1806. Jiao, now in his second year, will conduct the Symphony No. 7 in A major, written in 1812. Beethoven – then in his mid-forties – considered the Seventh Symphony one of his strongest works to date.

The chamber-sized orchestra of 45 players will perform in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall Street). The concert begins at 5 pm. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

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

About the Performers

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre. MORE

Published March 24, 2012
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[ career strategies ]

March 28: So Percussion talks entrepreneurial marketing

Next Wednesday, two members of So Percussion will share their insights on creating and running a successful ensemble. In their presentation, Adam Sliwinski ’04MM, ’09DMA and Josh Quillen ’06MM will focus on marketing, particularly how So’s four members have leveraged social media and their network of relationships.

Astrid Baumgardner, the School’s director of career strategies, said: “For anyone wondering how to get yourself out there, this presentation is a must.”

Sliwinski and Quillen will be on hand to answer questions, offering an exciting opportunity to hear from successful YSM alums how to carve a path through the musical landscape of the twenty-first century. MORE

Published March 23, 2012
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YSM composers among American Academy of Arts & Letters awardees

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced recently the eighteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $190,000. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Faculty member and alumnus Christopher Theofanidis ’97DMA (pictured at left) will receive the Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond Award. This award of $10,000 is given to a promising mid-career composer.

Reena Esmail ’11MM will receive the Walter Hinrichsen Award for the publication of a work by a gifted composer. This award was established by the C. F. Peters Corporation, music publishers, in 1984.

Chris Rogerson ’12MM is among the six recipients of Charles Ives Scholarships of $7500, which are given to composition students of great promise.

About the Award Recipients

Christopher Theofanidis is on the faculty of Yale University and has taught at the Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard School. He writes for a variety of musical genres, from orchestral and chamber music to opera and ballet. His work, Rainbow Body, has been programmed by over 120 orchestras internationally. Mr. Theofanidis’ works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and he has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony. Mr. Theofanidis has written widely for the stage, from a work for the American Ballet Theatre, to multiple dramatic pieces, including The Refuge for the Houston Grand Opera and Heart of a Soldier for the San Francisco Opera. His large-scale piece, The Here and Now, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007. MORE

Published March 22, 2012
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Learn about the Britten Thematic Catalog Project April 2

On Monday, April 2, Jonathan Manton will discuss the Benjamin Britten Thematic Catalog Project. The forum, which is presented by SCOPA (Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness), takes place at 2:00 pm in the International Room at Sterling Memorial Library.

Created under the auspices of the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Benjamin Britten Thematic Catalog Project seeks to create a musicological database detailing all of the composer Benjamin Britten’s works online. Manton serves as the project’s Technical Support Officer.

Manton’s work for the project has notably included the documentation and analysis of approximately 1,150 original manuscript sources, which constitute the 735 works Britten wrote between the ages of 5 and 18, most of which have never received any form of scholarly assessment. The principle objective of Manton’s current work is the technical realization of the resource, overseeing the continued development of the catalog’s infrastructure and custom database solutions, and preparation of much of its digital content.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Britten Thematic Catalog, highlighting the project’s research and technical achievements to date. It will also discuss the various usability updates that have recently been incorporated into the resource following a 2010 survey of potential users. Finally, the forum will outline the work that remains to be done leading up to publication, and the project’s aspirations for future versions of the tool after 2013.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

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Published March 20, 2012
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