New Music New Haven presents music by Michael Daugherty Mar. 7

Michael Daugherty has “a maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear.”
– The Times (London)

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The performance features two pieces by renowned composer (and Yale School of Music alumnus) Michael Daugherty along with music by YSM graduate composers. Performers include YSM students as well as guest conductor Thomas C. Duffy.

Both Daugherty pieces feature percussion, beginning with “Walk the Walk” for bass clarinet and percussion (2005). Using a deconstructed fragment from the Temptations’ “My Girl” as a compositional theme, the work explores the musical grooves of Detroit blues, jazz, rock, and Motown. Daugherty’s music is infused with contemporary American vernacular, giving his compositions a complexity entwined with familiarity.

Thomas C. Duffy, Director of Bands at Yale University, will conduct Daugherty’s “Ladder to the Moon” for solo violin, wind octet, double bass, and percussion (2006). Inspired by the urban landscapes of American painter Georgia O’Keeffe, the piece recreates the feeling of skyscrapers and cityscapes in Manhattan of the 1930s.

The program also includes music by graduate students in the School of Music’s prestigious composition program. Matthew Welch‘s Favrile Opalescence, for bagpipes and six percussionists, opens the concert, followed by Trio in Two Parts for cello, piano, and percussion by Paul Kerekes.

Polina Nazaykinskaya‘s A Poem of Memory is written for violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano. The first half of the concert closes with Arrows/Pand(5) for guitar, saxophone, and drumset, written by Brendon Randall-Myers and his band Grains.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). 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

About the Featured Composer

Dr. Michael Daugherty is one of the ten most performed living American composers. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1954, Mr. Daugherty grew up playing keyboard in jazz, rock, and funk bands. He pursued his study of music at North Texas State University, the Manhattan School of Music, and Yale University, where his mentors included Earle Brown, Jacob Druckman, and Roger Reynolds. He also studied internationally as a Fulbright Fellow at IRCAM in Paris and with Ligeti in Hamburg. In 1992, Mr. Daugherty was appointed professor of composition at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. His compositional style combines rigorous polyrhythmic counterpoint with the playful influence of the popular music of Mr. Daugherty’s youth. He first came to national attention in 1989 when his “Snap!—Blue Like an Orange” won a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, launching a compositional career fueled by the energy of a generation. His “Metropolis Symphony” and “Bizarro” were both inspired by the Superman Comic strip of the 50s and 60s, and other works centered around American icons include “Desi,” a Latin big band tribute to Desi Arnaz of ‘I Love Lucy’,’ “Dead Elvis,” a chamber work, and “Le tombeau de Liberace,” a piano concerto. Daugherty also pays tribute to the modern American landscape in such works at “Niagara Falls” for band, “Route 66” for orchestra, “Sunset Strip” for chamber orchestra, and “Motorcity Triptych,” a three-movement symphony.

Dr. Thomas C. Duffy, composer and conductor, is professor (adjunct) of music and director of bands at Yale University. He served as acting dean of the School of Music in 2005–2006, having served as associate dean since 1996 and deputy dean since 1999. He has served as a member of the Fulbright National Selection Committee and a member of the Tanglewood II Symposium planning committee. He attended the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education in 2005. An active composer with a D.M.A. in composition from Cornell University, where he was a student of Karel Husa and Steven Stucky, he has accepted commissions from the American Composers Forum, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army Field Band, and many bands, choruses, and orchestras. He joined the Yale faculty in 1982.

Published February 28, 2013
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Kyung Yu and Elizabeth Parisot perform together March 3

Concert features music by Bach, Strauss, Prokofiev, and Saint-Saëns

Kyung Yu, violin

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Kyung Yu and pianist Elizabeth Parisot on Sunday, March 3 at 8 pm. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

The event was originally scheduled for February 8, and was rescheduled because of that day’s snowstorm .

The program will open with Bach’s Sonata in E major for keyboard and violin, followed by Strauss’s Sonata for violin and piano, a piece noted for its lyrical beauty and technical demands of both violinist and pianist.

The second half of the concert opens with Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80. The evening will conclude with Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Capriccioso, Op. 28.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published February 28, 2013
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Associate Provost Masse named new music dean at Stetson

Thomas Gilmore Masse ’91MM, ’92AD, has been named the next Dean of the Stetson University School of Music. Masse will begin work in his position in June.

Masse served as Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Music from 2005 to 2009 He is currently the Associate Provost for the Arts at Yale University. A clarinetist, Masse earned his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and then the first Artist Diploma awarded to a clarinetist at Yale. While a student at Yale, he was a winner of the Woolsey Hall Competition.

Masse also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a Regents Fellow, and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Connecticut. He has held teaching posts at Yale, the University of Michigan, and the University of Northern Colorado. MORE

Published February 28, 2013
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Vista explores colorful range of chamber music Mar. 4

Concert features performances enhanced by commentary on the music

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 8 pm. The Vista series features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty, and who offer insightful spoken commentary on the music that they perform. This concert will feature music by Loeffler, Ravel, Sean Friar, and Prokofiev.

The program opens with music for strings with piano, beginning with Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola, and piano by the French-born American composer Charles Martin Loeffler. Next is Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano, in which the jazz and blues music of America infuses Ravel’s French harmonic language.

The second half opens with two pieces – “Wiggle Room” and “Lick Machine” – from Short Winds, a quintet for winds and harp by the young composer Sean Friar. The evening will close with Prokofiev’s brooding Violin Sonata in F minor, composed during the Communist Revolution. Prokofiev himself says that the piece should sound “like the wind in a graveyard.”

Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the YSM chamber music program and the director of the Vista series. The faculty coaches that have worked with the ensembles are Ettore Causa (Loeffler), Boris Berman (Ravel), Ransom Wilson (Friar), and Ani Kavafian (Prokofiev).

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. No tickets are required; the event is free and open to the public.

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

About Student Chamber Music at YSM

The Yale School of Music is unique in that all performance faculty coach chamber music, and all students are involved in chamber music for their entire tenure at the School. Ensembles come together each semester and receive weekly coachings from distinguished faculty and guest artists. Chamber groups often perform in the Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts, which take place at both Morse Recital Hall and the Center for British Art, and in the Vista series, in which performances are enhanced by spoken commentary on the music. Students also take part in the annual chamber music competition, whose winners are featured in an annual Chamber Music Society concert.

Published February 27, 2013
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Eminent pianist Paul Lewis makes New Haven appearance Mar. 6

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by Paul Lewis on Wednesday, March 6.

In this recital, Lewis will perform Schubert’s last three sonatas: Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958, Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959, and Sonata No. 21 in B-flat major, D. 960. The three sonatas, composed during the last months of Schubert’s life in 1828, are considered among the most important of the composer’s masterpieces, exhibiting a rare depth of emotional expression that is often interpreted as autobiographical.

At the beginning of 2011, Mr. Lewis embarked on a two-year project to perform all of the mature piano works from the last six years of Schubert’s life. This effort has taken him to major venues worldwide, including performances in London, Tokyo, Melbourne, and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. MORE

Published February 27, 2013
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Yale Opera presents master class with Alan Held

On Tuesday, February 26 at 7 pm, renowned bass-baritone Alan Held will work with several singers from Yale Opera in public master class. Esteban Cordero, tenor; Stephen Daniel, baritone; David Leigh, bass; Nikhil Navkal, tenor; and Brian Vu, baritone, will perform for Mr. Held. The class will also feature pianists Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin.

The master class takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Recognized internationally as one of the leading singing actors today, American bass-baritone Alan Held has appeared in major roles in the world’s finest opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Bavarian State Opera, Teatro all Scala, Teatre del Liceu, Hamburg State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Netherlands Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, and Teatro de la Maestranza. His many roles include Wotan in Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Leporello in Don Giovanni, The Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Jochanaan in Salome, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Don Pizzaro in Fidelio, Orestes in Elektra, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, and the title role in Wozzeck and Cardillac.

Equally at home on the concert stage, he has performed with the world’s leading orchestras including The Berlin Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The BBC-Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Paris Orchestra, The Kirov Opera Orchestra, and The Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Salzburg and Tanglewood Festivals as well as the BBC Proms. He has worked with such distinguished conductors as James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jeffrey Tate. MORE

Published February 25, 2013
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Bach Collegium Japan performs Bach motets March 3

On Sunday, March 3, conductor Masaaki Suzuki will lead the Bach Collegium Japan in a performance of motets by J.S. Bach.  The concert will take place at 5 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street). Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and all proceeds will be donated to ongoing earthquake relief efforts in Japan.

Masaaki Suzuki, the founding director of Bach Collegium Japan, is Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting at Yale, where he directs the Yale Schola Cantorum.

Suzuki founded Bach Collegium Japan in 1990 to introduce Japanese audiences to period instrument performances of great works from the Baroque period. The ensemble consists of both orchestra and chorus; major activities include an annual concert series of Bach cantatas and a number of instrumental programs. It enjoys an international reputation through performances all over the world, and through acclaimed recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s church cantatas for the BIS label.

The Bach Collegium Japan’s 2013 U.S. tour includes performances in Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic and Yale Schola Cantorum March 6–9.

Masaaki Suzuki returns to Yale in April to conduct Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415 in performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor in New Haven, New York, and on tour to Japan and Singapore.

The U.S. tour of the Bach Collegium Japan Chorus is supported by the Japan Foundation and arranged by International Arts Foundation. Yale Institute of Sacred Music sponsors the New Haven concert. Tickets are available at

Published February 25, 2013
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Tafelmusik brings House of Dreams to Yale Mar. 5

“One of the world’s top baroque orchestras.”
– Gramophone

The Yale School of Music presents Tafelmusik in the multimedia program House of Dreams on Tuesday, March 5 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall.

House of Dreams is a groundbreaking and world-renowned venture into the collaboration between visual and musical arts in the time of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach. Planned as an international project involving the Handel House Museum (London), the Palazzo Smith Mangilli-Valmarana (Venice), the Golden ABC (Delft), the Palais-Royal (Paris), and the Bach Museum and Archive (Leipzig), in conjunction with extensive historical research, House of Dreams is a performance experience that evokes the locations and exact settings, including the visual artistic masterpieces, that inspired some of the greatest baroque composers of the age.

Tafelmusik has been hailed as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” by Gramophone Magazine. In recent seasons, the orchestra made its debut at Carnegie Hall to sold-out performances that The New York Times praised for “stately, buoyant, and crisply etched playing… elegant phrasing and lithe clarity.” The Toronto-based period instrument orchestra has toured worldwide, and is the only Canadian orchestra to have held an annual international residency at the Klang und Raum Festival (Germany).

This concert is presented jointly by the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, directed by William Purvis. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets are $25–$35, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

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Published February 25, 2013
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Yale Percussion Group performs Sunday, Feb. 24

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Percussion Group on Sunday, February 24, 2013. The concert features music by Bartók as well as three living composers, and takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The concert will open with Bartók‘s masterful Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. The Meehan/Perkins Duo, whose members have been called “superb young players” by the New Yorker and “gifted percussionists” by the Wall Street Journal, will perform John Supko’s Straits. The first half will conclude with Alejandro Viñao’s Book of Grooves.

All six members of the Yale Percussion Group will come together to perform James Wood‘s Cloud Polyphonies to close the evening. MORE

Published February 21, 2013
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Conducting Fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Mar. 1

Concert also features pianist Peter Frankl

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by the School’s conducting fellows, Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani, on Friday, March 1, 2013. Pianist Peter Frankl will also perform with the orchestra. The concert takes place at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The performance will open with the Concertino No. 1 in E-flat major by the Classical-era Italian composer Pergolesi, conducted by Paolo BortolameolliStravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, conducted by Jonathan Brandani, will follow. The Suite is modeled after themes from Pergolesi’s music but infused with Stravinsky’s own style through modern harmonies and rhythmic modifications.

The second half of the program features two pieces by Mozart. Jonathan Brandani will conduct the Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453, which will feature piano soloist Peter Frankl. The Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, which Paolo Bortolameolli will conduct, is one of Mozart’s final three symphonies, a culmination of Mozart’s assimilation of the styles of Bach and Handel with his own classicism.

Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani study orchestral conducting with Shinik Hahm at the Yale School of Music. The annual Conducting Fellows Recital offers the opportunity for the fellows to conduct the Yale Philharmonia in concert.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit MORE

Published February 19, 2013
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