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Roy Haynes receives Ellington Medal

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Roy Haynes. Photo by Jaleel Shaw.

Legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes was awarded the Ellington Medal last Friday, November 8. Willie Ruff, the director of the Ellington Fellowship at Yale, conferred the medal at a concert featuring Haynes and his Fountain of Youth Band.

In 1972, Yale President Kingman Brewster presented the first Ellington Medals to thirty jazz greats, including the Duke himself. That year marked the beginning of a series of extraordinary jazz concerts performed by a virtual Who’s Who of jazz: Eubie Blake, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Odetta, Joe Williams, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Greer, Jo Jones, Max Roach, Ray Brown, Charlie Mingus, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

Ruff said, “It was thrilling to present to him the same Ellington medal that forty years ago was given to Sonny Greer, Papa Jo Jones, Kenney Clarke, and Max Roach: all his heroes and mine.” MORE

Published November 15, 2013
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New quartet to take residence at School of Music

Yale Daily News
By Jessica Hallam

Members of the Yale School of Music community will soon be exposed to a new perspective on chamber music.

The School of Music officially appointed the Brentano String Quartet as the school’s new quartet-in-residence earlier this month. Brentano’s predecessor, the Tokyo String Quartet, retired this year after 37 years of residence at the school. As quartet-in-residence, Brentano will teach students chamber music and perform one concert per semester. Brentano will also perform and teach at the Yale Summer School of Music. The quartet’s rich performance resume and diverse repertoire will enable the group to provide School of Music students with a thorough experience of chamber music, administrators at the school said. MORE

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Guitar Chamber Music features diverse ensembles Dec. 4

Benjamin Verdery

The Yale School of Music will present a free Guitar Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8 pm. Directed by faculty member Benjamin Verdery, the concert will showcase diverse chamber ensembles that include guitar.

The concert will feature collaborations with guitar and a variety of other instruments including the bassoon in Maximo Diego Pujol’s Suite Buenos Aires, and the violin in Jürg Kindle’s Quintessence. Jörg Widmann’s Duell  is a duet for electric guitar and trombone.

Two duets from the 17th and 18th centuries will be performed on the baroque guitar and the long-necked theorbo: Santiago de Murcia’s Marionas and Alessandro Piccinini’s Ciaccona. MORE

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New York Times: An Operatic Monster Mash

By Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

A mild-mannered bachelor tried to kiss a zombie on Saturday evening on the Lower East Side. He succumbed to her bite soon after. A group of medical students made earnest attempts to reanimate a corpse. Religious objects were desecrated. There was blood. MORE

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Alum Paul Jacobs to direct new organ institute at Oregon Bach Festival

jacobs_paulThe Oregon Bach Festival has announced the appointment of organist Paul Jacobs ’02MM, ’03AD to lead its newly-created Organ Institute in the 2014 season.

The organ figured prominently in the compositions and performance life of J.S. Bach, and the announcement noted that the Oregon Bach Festival is arguably the first major festival to add a component devoted exclusively to organ study and performance.

The inaugural Organ Institute will take place June 30–July 5, 2014, within the Oregon Bach Festival’s schedule of June 25–July 13, 2014. Through the Institute, organists will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the art of organ playing, exploring technique and interpretation through specialized seminars. MORE

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