Mingus Big Band opens Ellington Series Sep. 14

“The hippest big band in the universe – robust, earthy, sanctified.”
– Time Out New York

Mingus Big Band [photo]The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music kicks off its 2012–2013 season on Friday, September 14 with a concert featuring the MINGUS BIG BAND.

The Grammy Award-winning Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of the composer and bassist Charles Mingus, who died in 1979.

Under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, the widow of Charles Mingus, the 14-piece band tours extensively in the United States and abroad. The ensemble has ten recordings to its credit, six of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. The 2010 album Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

The members of the Mingus Big Band performing in this concert are: Alex Sipiagin, Greg Gisbert, and Philip Harper (trumpets); Craig Handy, Alex Foster, Abraham Burton, Wayne Escoffery, and Lauren Sevian (saxophones); Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Luis Bonilla, and Dave Taylor (trombones); Donald Edwards (drums); Boris Kozlov (bass); and Helen Sung (piano).

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets are $20–$30, $10 with student ID. Season tickets to the Ellington Jazz Series begin at $51. Purchase tickets online, by phone at 203 432-4158, or at the box office. MORE

Published August 30, 2012
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New York Times: Near Yale, a District Blooms

New York Times
By Lionel Beehner

Tucked amid New Haven’s gritty downtown not far from the well-groomed Yale campus lies the Ninth Square, a district of old red-brick buildings whose storefronts sat mostly vacant for decades. But that has changed in recent years. The opening last year of a sprawling organic food store, Elm City Market (elmcitymarket.coop), announced the area’s rebirth, with an assist from an urban-renewal city initiative that has converted empty spaces into artsy businesses called Project Storefronts. A wave of new art galleries, trendy boutiques and Brooklyn-style lofts stuffed with architects and social media types has followed. “We have so many like-minded people with a do-something attitude that want to collaborate in a shared space,” said Ben Berkowitz, a founding member of MakeHaven… MORE

Published August 26, 2012
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Norfolk Festival featured in Financial Times

The Music Shed in Norfolk

The Music Shed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

In an article titled “A legacy of lyricism,” the Financial Times praised the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music alongside the BBC Proms.

Author Harry Eyres writes about how “the summer music festival season in Britain and the U.S. has made me reflect on ways of making a cultural legacy last.”

One of those legacies is that of Ellen Battell Stoeckel, who founded the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music.

Eyres calls the Music Shed “magnificent” and notes:

“The quality of the young musicians I heard rehearsing and playing at Norfolk was exceptional… as was their guidance from distinguished senior musicians such as the members of the Tokyo String Quartet.”

Read the full article HERE.

Published August 20, 2012
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Morse Academy presents final concert August 16

The 2012 Morse Summer Music Academy will present its final concert on Thursday, August 16. The event will recognize the 75 Morse Fellows for their hard work throughout the program. These New Haven Public School students have participated in an intensive study of music for four weeks.

The concert takes place at 4:15pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street), and admission is free.

Morse Academy concert, summer 2011

Anticipating the concert, Associate Dean Michael Yaffe said that audiences “will be amazed at the quality of the students’ music-making.” After attending a Morse Academy recital on August 7, NHPS Music Department Facilitator Ellen Maust said, “Yesterday’s recital was incredible; I’m sure next week’s closing concert will be unforgettable.”

The Morse Summer Music Academy includes courses in hearing, conducting, and urban music; orchestral, chamber, and jazz ensembles; and private music lessons. This year’s Fellows were selected in the spring based on an application, an essay, and an audition. In addition to being musically accomplished, Morse Fellows must display enthusiasm as well as the ability to undergo an intensive music instruction program; they must earn at least a “B” average on their NHPS report card.

The Morse Summer Music Academy is made possible through a generous endowment established by Enid and Lester Morse (’51BA) and is offered completely free to students in the New Haven Public School.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Street parking is available, and there is free parking after 4:00 pm in Yale Lot 51 on Temple Street (entrance between Wall and Elm Streets).

Published August 9, 2012
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