Yale Opera announces fall scenes

Yale Opera is pleased to announce the program for its annual Fall Scenes production, which will take place Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3. Both performances take place at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Hans Nieuwenhuis is the stage director; Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin provide music direction and accompaniment.

The design team features Valerie Webster, costume design, and William Warfel, lighting design. Projections will be created by students of the Yale School of Drama Projection Design program.

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

Friday, November 2

Il Barbiere di Siviglia—Gioachino Rossini
Excerpts from Act I

Carmen—Georges Bizet
Excerpts from Act II

L’elisir d’amore—Gaetano Donizetti
Excerpts from Act I

Manon—Jules Massenet
Excerpts from Act I

Werther—Jules Massenet
Excerpts from Act III

Saturday, November 3


Published September 25, 2012
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Lou Donaldson Quartet performs at Yale Oct. 5

Alto saxophonist Donaldson recently named an NEA Jazz Master

The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music continues its 2012—2013 season on Friday, October 5 at 8 pm with a concert featuring LOU DONALDSON and his trio.

Donaldson, recently named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, is legendary for his energetically bluesy alto saxophone. “The octogenarian virtuoso has lost little to the passing decades,” notes the Chicago Tribune.

He will perform with Randy Johnston, guitar; Akiko Tsuruga, organ; and Fukushi Tainaka, drums.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

It is the second event in the 40th anniversary gala season of the Ellington Jazz Series at Yale.

Tickets to the concert are $20–$30, $10 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. MORE

Published September 24, 2012
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New Music New Haven presents Theofanidis premiere Oct. 4

“Theofanidis is an unusually skilled, communicative composer.”
–Baltimore Sun

The Yale School of Music presents the world premiere of Allegory of the Cave by faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis on Thursday, October 4, 2012. The piece, written for string quartet and piano, will be performed by recent graduates of the School of Music, including .

“Theofanidis is an unusually skilled, communicative composer,” says the Baltimore Sun. “What impresses me about Theofanidis,” adds the Washington Post, “is his ability to blend several musical languages once thought to be mutually exclusive… the results are enormously attractive.”

The concert, which is part of the New Music New Haven series, will also present new works by five graduate composers: Stephen Feigenbaum, William Gardiner, Paul Kerekes, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Daniel Schlosberg.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. MORE

Published September 21, 2012
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Tokyo String Quartet performs with Ettore Causa and Jasper Quartet Oct. 2

Program includes music by Webern, Mozart, Mendelssohn

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring the Tokyo String Quartet and friends on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

The concert marks the opening not only of the 2012–2013 Oneppo Chamber Music Series but also the beginning of the Tokyo Quartet’s last season before retirement. The quartet, along with guest artists Ettore Causa (viola) and the Jasper String Quartet, will perform music of Webern, Mozart, and Mendelssohn.

The program opens with Anton Webern‘s Five Movements for string quartet, and two pieces for which the Quartet invited Yale friends and colleagues. Violist Ettore Causa, a member of the School of Music faculty, joins them in Mozart‘s Quintet in C major, K. 515.

Since 1976, the Tokyo String Quartet has been in residence at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music and mentoring young ensembles. One of those is the Jasper String Quartet, an “impressive young ensemble” (New York Times) that was the graduate quartet-in-residence at Yale 2008–2010. The Tokyo and Jasper Quartets will join forces to perform the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20. MORE

Published September 13, 2012
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Margins and Mirrors: Dean Blocker’s Convocation Address

Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music, delivered this address to the incoming class at the School’s Fall Convocation on September 6, 2012.


Tonight I want to think with you about the margins and mirrors that determine the course and quality of our lives. Margins are measurements of time and space that establish borders and boundaries, and in so doing, can unleash a transformative DNA in our lives. Some margins are flexible while others are fixed.

A margin is most frequently defined as the border of a printed page. For most of you, a more current application would be the white space surrounding text on your iPad. We make notes in the margin to expand or question the text. We extend the boundary.

I am reminded of Beethoven’s manuscript of the Grosse Fuge four-hand piano transcription. On two adjoining pages of the score, everything had been marked out – the pages were almost black. The margins were filled and also crossed out, with the exception of one boldly boxed measure. Here he writes a few notes on a handwritten staff surrounded by a bold black ink border in the furthest margin of the page where it could be seen. Beethoven characteristically stretched the boundary: one marginal measure survives from two full pages and margins of creative energy and output. MORE

Published September 13, 2012
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Fifteen-year-old pianist Niu Niu performs Sept. 23

“…Intense lyricism and an uncanny insight.”
– Financial Times

The Yale School of Music presents the teenage piano star Niu Niu in a special concert on Sunday, September 23 at 5 pm. The 15-year-old pianist, hailed not only for his virtuosity but for the elegance and sensitivity of his playing, will perform music of Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Liszt.

“It is a concert no one should miss,” said Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music. The event is free and open to the public.

Niu Niu will open the recital with two sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti: the Sonata in E Major, K. 380, and Sonata in A minor, K. 54. Next he will be play Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata in F minor, Op. 57. The concert, which will be performed without intermission, concludes with three pieces by Franz Liszt: Isoldens Liebestod (piano transcription of the closing scene from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde); Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat major; and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1.

Niu Niu studies at the New England Conservatory with Hung-Kuan Chen, who is a faculty member of both NEC and the Yale School of Music.

“Piano is much more exciting than Xbox to me,” said young Niu Niu in an interview with the Shenzhen Daily. “Computer games are virtual, and no matter how well you play a game, it’s pretend. Music is different. When you play the piano, experience the music and feel the nuances of mood, tempo, color and texture, everything is real.” MORE

Published September 12, 2012
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Philharmonia performs Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky Sep. 21

Season-opening concert features conductor Shinik Hahm, pianist Esther Park

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in its season-opening concert on Friday, September 21, 2012. Conductor-in-residence Shinik Hahm will lead the orchestra, and Esther Park ’12AD (pictured at left) is the piano soloist.

The concert opens with a nod to Italy in Rossini‘s energetic Overture to “L’Italiana in Algeri.” But the heart of the program is Russia, with major works by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor features pianist Esther Park , a winner of the 2012 Woolsey Competition. Stravinsky’s ballet “Petrushka,” depicting the dark adventures of a puppet who comes to life, closes the evening.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street), and is free and open to the public. MORE

Published September 11, 2012
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Michael Compitello appointed to Cornell University faculty

Michael Compitello ’09MM, ’12MMA has been appointed Interim Lecturer in Percussion at Cornell University, where he will direct Cornell’s percussion ensembles—the Cornell University Steel Band and the World Drum and Dance Ensemble—and coordinate the school’s percussion department.

This fall, Compitello is also Interim Lecturer in Percussion at UMass Amherst, where he teaches private lessons and directs the school’s percussion ensemble.

An advocate for new expressions in music and art, Michael Compitello has worked with composers David Lang, John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Helmut Lachenmann, Alejandro Viñao, and Marc Applebaum on premieres and performances of new works, and has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in such diverse locations as the Darmstadt Summer Course, the Banff Centre, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. MORE

Published September 10, 2012
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Yale Collection of Musical Instruments opens concert season with “Crossing the Rhine” Sep. 23

“Extraordinary elegance.”  –The Berkshire Review

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments opens its 2012–2013 concert season on Sunday, September 23 with “Crossing the Rhine,” a concert of 18th-century music from France and Germany featuring the acclaimed trio of Wieland Kuijken, viola da gamba; Eva Legêne, recorder; and Arthur Haas, harpsichord.

Reviewing a performance by the trio in The Berkshire Review, Seth Lachterman wrote: “Nothing… could have prepared me for the extraordinary elegance of today’s recital with renowned gambist Wieland Kuijken, recorder virtuoso Eva Legêne, and harpsichordist Arthur Haas.”

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.

The concert begins at 3 pm at the Collection, which is located at 15 Hillhouse Avenue. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu/concerts.

About the Performers

Belgian musician Wieland Kuijken is a player of the viola da gamba and baroque cello. MORE

Published September 7, 2012
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