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Why Aren’t Composers Writing More Symphonies Today?

Capital Public Radio
By Derek Bermel ’89BA

At 8 years old, I scrawled my first and last Symphonies — nos. 1, 2, and 3 — on ruled notebook paper. They were short duets for clarinet and trumpet for myself and my brother to play. Why did I call them symphonies? I can’t remember, but I suspect that it was a desire to tie these efforts — and me, by extension — to a grand and venerable tradition. MORE

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Stravinsky centennial project receives funding

Yale Daily News
By Adam Varner, staff reporter

One hundred years after its controversial premiere, “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky continues to be an inspiration to musicians, composers and conductors alike.

The RiteNow Project, a collaborative orchestral work commissioned and led by conductor Paolo Bortolameolli MUS ’13, raised over $10,000 through a 28-day Kickstarter campaign that ended on Aug. 31. The project features the work of eight composers, each of whom has written a “Rite of Spring”-inspired piece to commemorate the centennial of Stravinsky’s original composition. The pieces will be combined into one work, which will be performed at Woolsey Hall on Nov. 17. MORE

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A Law School Graduate Who Makes Beautiful Music

Above the Law
By David Lat

We recently shared with you a fascinating, legally themed musical project: Scalia/Ginsburg, an opera about two of the U.S. Supreme Court’s leading lights, by award-winning composer Derrick Wang.

Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg, longtime colleagues and good friends, don’t share much in terms of jurisprudence but do share a love of opera. It’s fitting, then, that their Con Law clashes will serve as the basis for a new operatic work.

Where did Wang come up with the idea for an opera about these two distinguished jurists? As it turns out, Wang is not only a composer but a law school graduate. Where did he go to law school, and why?

After Derrick Wang graduated from Harvard College and the Yale School of Music, he entered law school at the University of Maryland. In this interview with Spencer Mazyck of Bloomberg Law, Wang explains his professional journey — in his great, surprisingly deep voice, fit for a newscaster (or opera singer) — and discusses the reactions of the two justices to his work about them.

…Although he took the Maryland bar exam this past summer, Wang is currently focused not on practicing law but on finishing “Scalia/Ginsburg.” It sounds like it will be an amazing piece — check out some of the excellent lyrics over at NPR — and we can’t wait to see two of our favorite judicial divas portrayed on stage by actual divas.

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Published September 4, 2013
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