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Pianist Peter Frankl Performs Schubert Oct. 2

Peter Frankl

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music opens its 2013–14 season with a recital by Peter Frankl on Wednesday, October 2. Frankl, a world-renowned pianist and a professor at the Yale School of Music, will perform solo works as well as a song cycle with acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata. MORE

Published September 20, 2013
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Lauren Hunt brings in high horn honor

The Red & Black
By Will Robinson 

Lauren Hunt was never one to toot her own horn, except for when it counted.

Hunt, a doctoral student at the University of Georgia bested 52 other competitors from 21 states and 10 countries in the University Division of the International Horn Competition of America on Sept. 1. MORE

Published September 20, 2013
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Alumnus Christian Van Horn makes Metropolitan Opera debut

van-horn-christian-operaChristian Van Horn ’02 MM, ’03AD will make his Metropolitan Opera debut next season in a new production of Falstaff, conducted by James Levine, in December 2014. The performance will be a part of the Met’s HD broadcast series. After Falstaff, Mr. Van Horn will continue at the Met with a run of La Bohème.

American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn has appeared in many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper, Salzburg Festial, and Los Angeles Opera. In October, his recording of the title role in Le nozze di Figaro will be released on disc by Sony Classical.

Most recently, Mr. Van Horn returned to San Francisco to perform as the four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. The 2013–14 season will find him singing Colline in a Toronto production of La Bohème, followed by Pistola in Falstaff at the Met and then as Colline again in Bohème at the Met.

Published September 20, 2013
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Lauren Hunt ’13MM wins 2013 International Horn Competition of the Americas

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On September 1, 2013, Lauren Hunt ’13MM was awarded first prize at the 2013 International Horn Competition of the Americas, University Division. The contest was held at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

The competition, originally started in 1976, is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the development and appreciation of the artistry of horn playing. The musicians perform three rounds of solo selections spanning the gamut of literature required of a horn soloist. MORE

Published September 20, 2013
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From NBC’s TODAY Show and America’s Got Talent to Conducting at Rutgers

By Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins

Rutgers Today

britt1Sugary pop tunes are a far cry from orchestral music.

But a penchant for pop is precisely what drew classically trained composer Colin Britt and his comrades in The 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra together last summer to cover Carly Rae Jepsen’s mega hit, “Call Me Maybe.”

“We’re all classical musicians with a playful affection for pop music. ‘Call Me Maybe’ was parodied so much, so it was all about how big, how over the top we could make our cover of the song,” said Britt, who began his doctorate in choral conducting at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts this fall. It was one of the most popular songs of 2012; everyone loved to hate it and hated to love it.”

While an orchestral and choral take on the catchy tune was a no brainer for Britt – arranging classical renditions of songs at the top of the pop music charts is one of his favorite pastimes – he had no idea his interpretation would become a viral video sensation. MORE

Published September 20, 2013
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