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Music Beyond Genres: Constella Festival’s Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli

City Beat
By Anne Arenstein

missy mazzoli composer alumniThe Constella Festival got it right when they named Missy Mazzoli as this year’s composer-in-residence. At 33, she’s earned the awards, commissions and acclaim you’d expect from artists twice her age. And her two Constella concerts this year feature compositions she’s created since 2005, both for small ensembles and solo performance. 

“This is definitely the biggest showcase of the widest variety of my work,” she says, speaking from the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, where she’s working on a chamber piece for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. MORE

Published October 11, 2013
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Judd Greenstein ’04MM selected for Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab

greenstein_juddThe Sundance Institute recently announced the six projects selected for the New Frontier Story Lab, coming up October 23–28 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Inspired by New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival and built on the renowned Sundance Institute Lab model, the Lab supports artists innovating the art and form of storytelling at the convergence of film, visual art, media, live performance, music and technology.

Activities at the weeklong, immersive Lab include individualized story sessions, conversations about key artistic, design and technology issues, and case study presentations from experts in diverse related disciplines. The Lab draws talent and expertise from all of Sundance Institute’s creative programs, including Feature Film, Documentary Film, and the Sundance Film Festival.

Among the projects selected was an untitled opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacob, by Joshua Frankel and Judd Greenstein ’04MM. In the opera, according to the project description, “The most powerful and visionary builder in New York City history is confronted by a groundbreaking urban theorist leading a revolt against his plan to demolish her neighborhood, igniting a conflict that will shape the cities of the future and the lives of those who call them home.” MORE

Published October 11, 2013
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60th Anniversary Gala Concert of the Yale Russian Chorus Nov. 10

YRC_alumni_2003On November 10th, the Yale Russian Chorus Alumni will hold a 60th Anniversary Gala Concert. The concert, which features over 100 alumni singers under founding conductor Denis Mickiewicz, takes place at 2:30 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). MORE

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Legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth Band performs at Yale Nov. 8

roy-haynes-rojaThe Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music presents Roy Hayes’ Fountain of Youth Band on Friday, November 8 at 8 pm.

As a jazz musician, Haynes is legendary. Winner of the 2011 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Haynes has spent decades as the drummer of choice for jazz stars like Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane.

He will be joined in this concert by Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone; Martin Bejerano, piano; and David Wong, bass.

His nickname, “Snap Crackle,” comes from his “distinctive, rapid-fire sound of the snare, not to short-change his dynamic tom tombs, bass drum rolls, occasional vocals and dance steps” (NPR Jazz Set). MORE

Published October 11, 2013
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