The Dark Side of Ryo: Mozart’s D Minor Concerto


ryo_yanagitani_3This weekend wraps up the third annual Mozart Festival Texas. A solo recital takes place Friday night with Rick Rowley. Saturday an orchestral concert rounds out the festival with two masterpieces: the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 20.Terry Frazor will conduct and feature piano soloist Ryo Yanagitani, a former Gold Medalist with the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

The d minor concerto is special in Mozart’s catalogue. It is the first of only two minor key concerti that Mozart wrote (out of 27!). Mozart’s dad, Leopold wrote to Mozart’s sister after hearing the work, “I heard an excellent new piano concerto by Wolfgang, on which the copyist was still at work when we got there, and your brother didn’t even have time to play through the rondo because he had to oversee the copying operation.” MORE

Published July 31, 2013
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Fourth Morse Summer Music Academy begins July 29

YSM-Morse-StringsToday the Yale School of Music welcomes this year’s participants to the fourth Morse Summer Music Academy, which will take place July 29–August 23, 2013.

The Morse Summer Music Academy provides free, comprehensive music instruction to New Haven Public School music students. In the intensive, four-week program, each student has a weekly private lesson and takes part in scheduled daily individual practice, ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and master classes.

The program nurtures and develops creativity, musicianship, and musical leadership in students who are passionate about music. Parental involvement and continuing musical opportunities throughout the school year are hallmarks of the program. The program is open for application to all NHPS students in grades 5–11 who play piano, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments. MORE

Published July 29, 2013
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In the Press: The minds behind the Lakes Area Music Festival

Brainerd Daily Dispatch
By Jennifer Stockinger

John Taylor Ward '12MM, '13MMA

John Taylor Ward ’12MM, ’13MMA

When the Lakes Area Music Festival began in 2009, founding director Scott Lykins had no clue how successful it would become in the Brainerd Lakes area.

Going into its fifth season, the festival which started with five students from the Eastman School of Music in New York performing, now has 80 musicians. They are either professional musicians or music students from conservatories from around the country, such as Eastman or the Julliard School.

Lykins, a Nisswa native, said he is excited at how well the music festival has gone. “We started these concerts for fun,” Lykins said recently while rehearsing for the upcoming music festival which opens at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium. “We really didn’t know what to expect, but after seeing how enthusiastic our audience was that first year and seeing how the audience has grown over the years… We started out with no clear vision, and seeing how it has grown has been really exciting.”

John Taylor Ward, who went to school at Eastman with Lykins, is the assistant artistic director of the festival. Ward said the goal of the festival is to make Brainerd a regional and/or national classical music destination in the summer. MORE

Published July 25, 2013
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First Listen: Timo Andres And The Metropolis Ensemble, ‘Home Stretch’


Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno: an unlikely trinity of musical idols, except if you’re Timo Andres. The 27-year-old American composer and pianist weaves all of their DNA into his new album, Home Stretch, and the results provide thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today.

Andres is something of an old hand in the public media sphere. Ten years ago, when he was 17, he appeared on the NPR-distributed From the Top, playing not just the Toccata from Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, but also a sure-footed piece of his own called Tango. Seems like even back then, Andres knew he wanted to forge his own way in the classical world, using the musical canon as a springboard to the future.


Published July 21, 2013
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Summer Admissions Visits

08-056_YaleMusic_196Interested in applying to the Yale School of Music? Come meet us at one of our upcoming admissions events.

July 12
Yellow Barn
Putney, VT

July 23
Music Academy of the West
Santa Barbara, CA

July 25
Aspen Music Festival & School
Aspen, CO

July 29–30
Atherton, CA

Check out the YSM Viewbook

Published July 11, 2013
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Pianist’s journey takes her from Moldova to Maryland

By Janelle Gelfand

Marianna Prjevalskaya didn’t expect her name to be called as a semifinalist at the World Piano Competition on Tuesday night.

“It was a nice surprise because the cut was so big. I didn’t expect anything,” she said. MORE

Published July 11, 2013
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Memorial celebration of John W. Swallow to take place August 4 in Norfolk

John W. Swallow

John W. Swallow

The family of John W. Swallow and the Yale School of Music invite the public to a memorial celebration of trombonist John Warner Swallow. The event will take place Sunday, August 4 at 5 pm at the Music Shed in Norfolk, Conn.

Tributes and performances will highlight Swallow’s contribution to the world of music, life, and the art of trombone playing. The Music Shed is located at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, 20 Litchfield Road, Norfolk, CT 06058.

Professor John Swallow came to the School of Music in 1965 as Lecturer of Trombone. He retired in 2001 as Professor of Trombone, adjunct, and received emeritus status. He was also a vivid presence at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. MORE

Published July 10, 2013
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A Chamber Ensemble’s Passionate Swan Song

New York Times

Many string quartets start out as a family and then over time morph into an institution. As long-serving members retire, new players join in, subtly altering the sound and style until only the name remains unchanged. The Tokyo String Quartet decided to retire as a family rather than continue with further changes in its lineup. On Saturday evening, the quartet, which was founded in 1969, gave a passionate and emotionally charged performance here at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival that the ensemble says will be its last. MORE

Published July 7, 2013
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