Dec. 20 concert features music of composer Douglas Fisk

Doctor of Musical Arts recital includes music for string quartet, wind quintet, and more

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring the music of Douglas Fisk on Thursday, December 20, 2012. The program, which features a variety of Fisk’s solo, vocal, and chamber works, begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The concert opens with Banjo and Shadows (2009), a cycle of cycle of five songs for baritone and piano using texts by the poet Carl Sandburg. Next is Impromptu for solo marimba (2007), which Fisk says was inspired by how Schubert’s impromptus “explore diverse musical textures while maintaining proportion and nuance of expression.” Refuge for string quartet closes the first half of the concert.

The second half of the program features three instrumental pieces inspired by poetry. Yes for solo double bass is based on the eponymous poem by William Stafford. The flute-and-marimba duet a kind of singing is based on the poem “Faint Music” by Robert Hass. The concert concludes with Fisk’s Woodwind Quintet, written in 2011, whose fourth movement references Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese.”

The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. MORE

Published December 13, 2012
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Music in Schools hosts Honors Ensemble auditions Jan. 9-12

All-City Honors Orchestra marks debut season, joining band and chorus programs

NHPS student musicians

NHPS student brass musicians

The Music in Schools Initiative is pleased to announce auditions for the 2013 All-City Honors Ensembles, which will take place January 9–12. The ensembles are open for audition to all New Haven Public School students in 5th through 12th grades.

This year will mark the debut season of the All-City Honors Orchestra. This program grows out of a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, in partnership with Music Haven, the Neighborhood Music School, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will be led by Netta Hadari ’99MM, ’00AD of Music Haven.

Dr. Thomas C. Duffy returns to lead the All-City Honors Band for its third season. He will be joined by NHPS teachers Olivia Malin ’07MM, Daniel Kinsman, and Mindy Hartfiel.

For its fourth season, the All-City Honors Chorus will be led by NHPS teachers Jonathan Berryman and Meaghan Sheehan. Lead Teacher Ruben Rodriguez ’11MM supervises all Ensembles.

Students chosen for the All-City Honors Ensembles are expected to maintain membership in their school music ensembles, if available. Full details and audition requirements for all groups can be found here. The Honors Ensembles will join to perform a final concert together on Saturday, May 11, at 4 pm in Sprague Hall. Additional concerts for each group will be announced.

Published December 13, 2012
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