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Symposium with conductor James Conlon Oct. 16

Reading and Hearing Classical Music: A Conductor's View
October 3, 2013

james_conlon,_credit_dan_steinberg_for_la_opera_4The Yale School of Music presents a symposium on “Reading and Hearing Classical Music: A Conductor’s View” with renowned conductor James Conlon on Wednesday, October 16.

The event opens with a talk by Conlon, which is followed by an open conversation between Conlon and Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music. Parts of his talk will focus on music of Benjamin Britten, in honor of the centennial of Britten’s birth this year. Conlon will also take questions from the audience.

The event takes place from 4:00–5:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

The symposium will also stream live on the School of Music’s website. LIVE STREAM


Concert with the Yale Philharmonia

In addition to presenting this symposium, James Conlon will lead the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a free concert on Friday, October 18 at 8 pm. A specialist in the music of Benjamin Britten, Conlon will conduct Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Click HERE for more information on the concert.


About James Conlon

James Conlon, one of today’s most versatile and respected conductors, has cultivated a vast symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire.  Since his 1974 debut with the New York Philharmonic, he has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra. Through worldwide touring, an extensive discography and videography, numerous essays and commentaries, frequent television appearances and guest speaking engagements, Mr. Conlon is one of classical music’s most recognized interpreters. Mr. Conlon is music director of Los Angeles Opera (since 2006), the Ravinia Festival (since 2005), and the Cincinnati May Festival (since 1979), America’s oldest choral festival. He has served as Principal Conductor of the Paris National Opera (1995–2004); General Music Director of the City of Cologne, Germany (1989–2002), where he was Music Director of both the Gürzenich Orchestra-Cologne Philharmonic and the Cologne Opera; and Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic (1983–1991).

Mr. Conlon is currently engaged in a three-year project to mark the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten culminating in 2013. A long-time devotee of Britten’s music, the project includes six different Britten operas, as well as symphonic and choral works performed in the U.S. and Europe.

In an effort to raise awareness of the significance of the lesser-known works of composers silenced by the Nazi regime, Mr. Conlon has devoted himself to extensive programming of this music throughout Europe and North America. Conlon received the Crystal Globe Award from the Anti-Defamation League in 2007 at Ravinia for championing these works and in 1999 he received the Zemlinsky Prize, for his efforts in bringing that composer’s music to international attention. His work on behalf of suppressed composers led to the creation of The OREL Foundation, a resource for music lovers, students, musicians and scholars. Committed to working with pre-professional musicians, Mr. Conlon has devoted his time to teaching at The Juilliard School, New World Symphony, Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Tanglewood Music Center.

Mr. Conlon was named Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, and in 2002, he received France’s highest distinction from then President of the French Republic Jacques Chirac: the Légion d’Honneur.