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Dec. 5 DMA recital features music by Robert Honstein


The Yale School of Music presents music by the composer Robert Honstein in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, December 5, 2013. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Performers include the ensembles Concert Black (Lisa Dowling, bass; Domenica Fossati, flute; and Owen Weaver, percussion) and Tigue (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, and Carson Moody), as well as Tema Watstein, violin; Mariel Roberts, cello; and Karl Larson, piano.

Honstein’s recital opens with “Alone Together,” commissioned by the Heavy Hands Bass Quartet and presented here in a new version for solo bass and backing tracks. "There has been much talk about the internet and social media being both a great connector and divider of people," writes Honstein; "the image that stuck with me was the physical reality of how we spend so much of our internet time: alone, tucked away in our apartments and homes. My music comes from that place, the quiet times when we commune with our screens and networks.”

"RE: You" and “Is it Auburn?” are both taken from "Email Songs," a conceptual song cycle based on a mysterious collection of emails. "A couple years ago," Honstein writes, "a friend of mine mistakenly received about 100 emails… [containing] every communication some unknown person had sent or received within a popular online dating site. 'Email Songs' imagines the emotional impetus behind this misdirected correspondence."

The concert concludes with the six-movement "An Index of Possibility," about the possibility of sound in everyday objects. Commissioned by Tigue, Smoke and Mirrors, and Sonore Percussion, the work uses simple instruments to create rich and varied textures that are intricately interwoven.

The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit

Robert Honstein is a composer and pianist living in Brooklyn, New York. He co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective and co-directs the Fast Forward Austin music festival. WEBSITE