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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