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Aaron Apaza ’08MM appointed principal bassoon of Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Acting Second Principal Basoon Aaron Apaza Aaron Apaza ’08MM was recently appointed principal bassoon of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He was among four musicians added to the orchestra’s roster for the 2013–14 season.

As an orchestral musician, Aaron Apaza served most recently as acting assistant principal bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2011–12 season). Aaron spent two years at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan studying with Barrick Stees, assistant principal bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2001, Aaron was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and as part of that honor, performed a movement from Gordon Jacob’s Concerto for Bassoon at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

After Interlochen, Aaron studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Bernard Garfield, retired Principal Bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Apaza then continued his studies at the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Frank Morelli. Upon completion of his studies at Yale, Aaron was invited to join the New World Symphony in Miami, where he performed under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2010, Mr. Apaza joined the Colorado Symphony as acting assistant principal bassoon for the 2010–2011 season. In addition, Aaron has played with, among others, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Published September 25, 2013
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Violinist Wendy Sharp performs recital with pianist Joel Wizansky Oct. 20


The Yale School of Music presents a recital by violinist Wendy Sharp with pianist Joel Wizansky on Sunday, October 20th at 4 pm. The event is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in concerts that are free and open to the public. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp, the winner of numerous competitions, is the coordinator of chamber music at YSM. Joel Wizansky has been praised by the Washington Post for his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” MORE

Published September 25, 2013
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Classical music’s “gateway drug”

James Chute
U-T San Diego


Consider yourself warned: Exposing yourself to solo percussion music could prove dangerous.

Although there are no formal studies, anecdotal evidence has shown that percussion can be a gateway drug into a full-scale addiction to classical music.

“Percussion is so cool,” said Ian David Rosenbaum, who performs Oct. 1 on the Fresh Sound series at Bread & Salt.

“We get to go on stage and hit things, from beautiful concert instruments to trash can lids. It’s a lot of fun. So it’s a great way to get someone who might never listen to classical music interested in classical music.”

You have to be careful about the Brooklyn-based, Yale-educated percussionist. At age 26, he’s not always playing by the time-honored classical music rules in his quest to expose people to his musical pleasures.


Published September 25, 2013
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Eclectic ensemble enters second season

By Dana Schneider
Yale Daily News

CantataProfanaTheorbos, baroque bows, a babbling tenor and a barefoot soprano: Each played a role in the performance of eclectic and under-performed works for larger chamber groups, said Jacob Ashworth MUS ’14, who formed the Cantata Profana last year. Nearly all the musicians in the Cantata are students or faculty from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music, and all have played with one another in the past.

“The group was inspired by the spirit of collaboration, which is essential for chamber music and unique to the Yale environment,” Ashworth said. MORE

Published September 25, 2013
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