Jeffrey Sharkey ’88MM to be new principal at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

sharkey_webJeffrey Sharkey ’88MM has been appointed the new principal at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, to begin September 2014. The role of principal is equivalent to that of a university president.

Sharkey, a pianist, is currently the director of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He will replace John Wallace, who is retiring from the Royal Conservatoire. MORE

Published October 17, 2013
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ASO composer in residence Hannah Lash turns catastrophic theft into new beginning

By Michael Huebner
All Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Composers in the throes of frustration, failure or rage have been known to burn, mutilate or otherwise dispose of their compositions. Berlioz, Bruckner, Dukas and Brahms come to mind, though the line of destructive behavior is long.

Hannah Lash, Alabama Symphony’s 2013-14 Sound Investment composer-in-residence, has a different story to tell about her works’ demise. Stored in her computer, they vanished along with the rest of her files, her wallet and iPod when a thief broke into her car three years ago.

Although she was able to recover a few scores from various sources, she stopped short of trying to track down and get even with the perpetrator. Instead, she took action by doing what she does best – composing music. “Violations: The Loading Dock Project,” a 25-minute work for eight singers and instrumentalists that addresses theft and loss, was the result. MORE

Published October 17, 2013
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Yale in New York announces 2013–14 season

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Hindemith on the steps of Sprague Hall

The Yale School of Music announces its return to Carnegie Hall with the 2013–14 season of Yale in New York. The series—now in its seventh year at Carnegie—has garnered a reputation for its creative and diverse programming, with frequent collaborations between Yale’s distinguished faculty and its exceptional network of current students and alumni.

This season, two concerts focus on musical icons of the 20th century: The Legacy of Paul Hindemith on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm; and a fully staged original production and translation of Igor Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, in collaboration with Yale School of Drama on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Both events take place in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. MORE

Published October 17, 2013
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