At the Metropolitan Opera’s Giulio Cesare, Speaking Truth to Power

Early Music America
By Judith Malafronte

mealy“We played through the score together and we just clicked,” says Laura Hamilton, principal associate concertmaster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She was talking about a recent powwow with Baroque violinist Robert Mealy as she prepared for the Met’s spring 2013 run of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. It was to be conducted by British early music specialist Harry Bicket, and a colleague had recommended a coaching session with Mealy.

“It was great fun,” Mealy recalls. “Laura was so quick, so responsive, it was a blast.” The expressive physicality of Mealy’s music-making is well-known, and it’s easy to imagine his charismatic communication as the two played through the violin parts to Sextus’s furious aria “Svegliatevi nel core,” Caesar’s seductive “Non è si vago e bello,” Cleopatra’s tragic lament, “Se pietà di me non senti,” and the buoyant, triumphant “Da tempeste.” MORE

Published September 12, 2013
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“Rediscovering Wonder”: Dean Blocker’s Convocation Address

This is the text of Dean Robert Blocker’s address to the incoming class at the Yale School of Music Convocation, which took place September 9, 2013.

Convocation-014“What is wonder?” asked the mind. “It is having your heart dazzled and your life forever changed,” answered the soul. WONDER—an ineffable word—a transcendent experience.

When did wonder visit you, capture you, envelop you, and squeeze you so tight that you were left breathless and gasping for air? Was it your first great performance at the age of five, the moment you heard a phrase shaped more beautifully than you could imagine, or when you were frozen in place as you entered one of the world’s great concert halls? MORE

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Melrose music: Guest performers in free classical event

Melrose Free Press

woodThe next program of the Beethoven Society of Melrose will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster St., Melrose. The church is handicap accessible.

The Beethoven Society extends a warm welcome to Jacques Lee Wood (jacquesleewood.com), a renowned baroque cello chamber musician and accompanist. His stellar playing last season of the Bach Suites in G and C majors was enjoyed by the Beethoven Society’s audience, in a top-notch performance. Wood will be accompanied by pianist Naoko Sugiyama (naokosugiyama.com), well known in the Boston area for her performances.

The program will include pieces by Domenico Gabrielli, Franz Schubert, Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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“Homegrown” Jazz Musicians Perform at Yale Oct. 4

beinecke-JWJThe Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert called “Homegrown on Common Ground” on Friday, October 4 at 7 pm. The concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library by featuring jazz, blues, and art songs from the James Weldon Johnson collection, housed at the Library. The performers all have ties to New Haven.

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PMC offers “Listen, then Pay” in Oct. 12 Britten tribute

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By Timothy Rutt

BrittenThe Pasadena Master Chorale will perform “A Portrait of Benjamin Britten” at the Altadena Community Church on Oct. 12, with a novel concept: “Listen first, then pay.”

Get your ticket online or from a chorale member for zero —  yes, zero — dollars.

“Yes, you can actually ‘purchase’ a ticket for zero dollars,” says Artistic Director Jeffrey Bernstein. “Then, after the performance, we will ask audience members to pay what they feel the concert was worth. All of us at PMC are very excited about the idea of giving music to people first and, only then, afterwards asking for payment.” MORE

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An Overture to the Yale School of Music

The Portland Egotist

13-090 YSM - Production StillsThe Yale School of Music has a wonderfully diverse and varied history. A hint of that pedigree and stature comes through strikingly well in this new short film put together by the prestigious music university. Their mission is simple — cultivate and share great music. We definitely get that sense. You can see a credit list after the jump.

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Peter Gelb receives Sanford Medal at Convocation

Peter Gelb, General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera, was awarded the Samuel Simons Sanford Award — the highest honor that the School of Music can bestow—at Convocation on Monday, September 9. Below is Dean Blocker’s citation, followed by Peter Gelb’s remarks.

Award Citation

In August 2006, Peter Gelb was named the 16th General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera. His visionary and entrepreneurial leadership has revitalized not only the Met but also the entire field of opera. Actually, Peter is an artist’s artist who has pioneered a digital and live audience accessibility to opera that few could have imagined, let alone achieved. MORE

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