The Yale School of Music presents the first New Music New Haven concert of the season on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The featured faculty composers are Aaron Jay Kernis and Hannah Lash, whose music will be featured alongside new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.
The program opens with Benjamin Wallace's Birthday Suite, a collection of seven short works for mixed ensemble written for friends on their respective birthdays. Brendon Randall-Myers' For Ronny is written in memory of the composer's grandfather for the ensemble of piano, electric guitar, violin, viola, and cello.
Balint Karosi's Ciaccona is based on an eight-measure progression that is repeated eight times throughout the piece; the harmonic rhythm moves slowly under a virtuosic surface. Paul Kerekes' wind quintet Focus, which explores the act of concentrating one’s interest towards a single event in sound, will close the first half of the program.
After intermission will be Daniel Scholsberg's Frau Trude, a short, fantastical opera inspired by a Grimm fairy tale in which an old witch, growing colder with fewer logs for her fire, sees an opportunity literally walk up to her door.
Faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis will be represented by two pieces: the short piano piece Morningsong and Mist and the atmospheric song Clear Midnight, based on Walt Whitman.
Hannah Lash's Moth Sketches will conclude the program. Lash is the co-artistic director of the New Music New Haven concert series, along with Christopher Theofanidis.
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 music.yale.edu.
About the Featured Composers
Among the most esteemed musical figures of his generation, Grawemeyer- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis has been on the faculty at the Yale School of Music since 2003. He has been commissioned by sopranos Renee Fleming and Dawn Upshaw, violinists Joshua Bell and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, guitarist Sharon Isbin, and institutions including the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Proms, Los Angeles, Walt Disney Company, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of Natural History. Upcoming are works for the New York Philharmonic and a consortium of “Top 10” college wind ensembles, the Seattle Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent recordings include song cycles by soprano Susan Narucki (Koch), and orchestral works by the Grant Park Festival Orchestra (Cedille). He has received the Stoeger Prize, Rome Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and multiple Grammy nominations, and has been Composer-in-Residence for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Public Radio, and American Composers Forum. He is New Music Advisor for the Minnesota Orchestra and chairman and co-director of its Composer Institute.
Prize-winning composer Hannah Lash has emerged as a leading voice of her generation. Her many awards include an ASCAP-Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, and the Naumburg Prize. She has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the Naumburg Foundation, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Orpheus Duo, Howard Hanson Foundation, Case Western Reserve’s University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, Great Noise Ensemble, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. The American Composers Orchestra selected her work Furthermore for the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings, and the Minnesota Orchestra selected God Music Bug Music for performance in 2012 as part of the Minnesota Composers Institute. Her chamber opera Blood Rose was presented by NYC Opera’s VOX in 2011. Lash’s music has also been performed at Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Harvard University, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Chicago Art Institute. Hannah Lash earned a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, her Ph.D. from Harvard University, a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, Julian Anderson, and Robert Morris. Her music is published by Schott.