[ in the press ]

In the Press: WSO conductor Julian Pellicano at News Café

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Julian Pellicano, resident conductor at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, appeared at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café for a feature chat with Canstar’s John Kendle.

As resident conductor at the WSO, Pellicano, 33, is responsible for conducting the orchestra’s Pops, Soundbytes and Concerts for Kids series, among others. From Dec. 13 to 15, he will lead the WSO at Centennial Concert Hall in a pair of Pops concerts starring Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, who returns to the WSO stage with a new orchestral show. MORE

Published December 13, 2013
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[ music in schools ]

All-City Honors Ensembles conclude first fall session

Music in Schools - All City Honors Ensemble - 1The All-City Honors Ensembles are a program of the Music in Schools Initiative, a partnership between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools. With weekly rehearsals led by a combination of NHPS music teachers, Yale Teaching Artists, and special guests, the Ensembles provide the best young musicians in New Haven with high level ensemble experience in Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.

This year’s All-City Honors Ensembles are more prolific than ever.

Before this year, the All-City Honors Ensembles all rehearsed once every Saturday throughout the spring semester, starting in the third week of January and ending with a final concert in May. This year, the program expanded to last the entire school year, starting in October. This Saturday will be the sixth and final rehearsal of their first fall semester.

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Published December 13, 2013
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[ video ]

New Video: Flute@YSM

Take a look inside the Yale School of Music’s flute studio in this new video featuring professor Ransom Wilson and his students.

Published December 12, 2013
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[ alumni ]

Flute alumna Ginevra Petrucci releases CD on Brilliant Classics

petrucci_cd_kuhlauFlutist Ginevra Petrucci ’12MM, ’13AD has released a new recording on Brilliant Classics. Petrucci and the Kodály String Quartet recorded three quintets for flute and strings by Friedrich Kuhlau.

The CD was recorded December 27–29, 2012, at the Phoenix Studio in Budapest. The string players on the recording are Attila Falvay violin; János Fejérvári, viola; Mihály Várnagy, viola; and György Éder, cello.

Kuhlau, known to his contemporaries as the “Beethoven of the flute,” considered Beethoven a major influence. The two met in Vienna in 1825 and improvised musical canons. Kuhlau’s output for the flute comprises over 60 works — a large number for a composer who did not play the flute. He often turned to his colleague and friend Peter Bruun, a flutist and composer, for advice on his flute compositions. MORE

Published December 12, 2013
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[ in the press ]

Barry Ross ’75DMA to retire as assistant conductor of Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Barry Ross, left, with “American Idol” finalist Matt Giraud

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By John Liberty

Kalamazoo, MI — Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Barry Ross [’75 DMA] announced today he will retire from the organization after 40 years.

He became a music professor at Kalamazoo College and the Concertmaster for the KSO in 1972. Ross was named assistant conductor of the KSO in 1987.

He retired as Concertmaster in 2004 and from K-College as its Professor Emeritus of Music in 2006. Ross, who is also on the KSO’s board, said he will continue to conduct through early February. Ross, 69, said his time with the organization has been enriching. MORE

Published December 11, 2013
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[ concerts ]

Dec. 19th recital features music by Christopher Cerrone

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The Yale School of Music presents music by composer Christopher Cerrone in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8 pm. The concert will feature performances by numerous YSM alumni including vocalist Mellissa Hughes, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and pianist Timothy Andres.

Cerrone, singled out as “the program’s highlight” by The New York Times, is a Brooklyn-based composer whose works range from chamber music, orchestral works, and fully staged operas to multimedia projects, ambient electronic works, and collaborations with visual artists. His first opera, Invisible Cities, based on Italo Calvino’s classic novel, has received rave reviews and completely sold out its 19 performances at Los Angeles’ Union Station.

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Published December 11, 2013
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[ students & alumni ]

Yevgeny Yontov ’14MM wins Wideman International Piano Competition

Yontov_Yevgeny_webYevgeny Yontov ’14MM won the gold medal and the William Peyton Shehee and Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee Award at the 63rd Wideman International Piano Competition, held in Shreveport, La. The finals took place on Sunday, December 8.

Yontov, one of nine finalists who emerged after preliminary rounds on Friday and Saturday, won with his performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26.

The winner began his piano studies at age 6 with Adela Umansky and later earned his bachelor of music degree summa cum laude from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, where he studied with Arie Vardi. Yontov currently studies with Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music. MORE

Published December 9, 2013
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[ Alumni News ]

MSR Classics releases new CD by Cellist Rhonda Rider

riderYale School of Music graduate Rhonda Rider ’80MM, cello, has released a new CD on MSR Classics titled The Grand Canyon Project. The album is a culmination of her Artist-in-Residence position at the Grand Canyon National Park, which she was awarded in 2010. Throughout her time with the park, she performed eleven pieces commissioned especially for her in fifteen concerts across the U.S., in locations as varied as Boston, Dallas, the Wupatki National Monument, and rural upstate New York.

The new CD includes ten new pieces for solo cello, each based on some feature of the National Park. Throughout working on her latest album, Ms. Rider has continued her work as Chair of Chamber Music at The Boston Conservatory and as cello faculty there and at Boston University. MORE

Published December 6, 2013
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Ezra Laderman: WFIU’s Contemporary Composer For December

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By Heidi Siberz

WFIU’s featured contemporary composer for the month of December is Ezra Laderman. Dean of the Yale School of Music from 1989-1995, Laderman currently serves the school as a Professor of Composition.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ezra Laderman began composing at age seven, giving the first performance of his Piano Concerto (1939) with his high school orchestra. During his collegiate studies he worked with acclaimed composers Stefan Wolpe, Miriam Gideon and Otto Luening and Douglas S. Moore at Columbia University, where Laderman received his Master’s degree in 1952. MORE

Published December 5, 2013
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[ events ]

Jazz pianist Bill Charlap to give workshop this Saturday, Dec. 7

bill-charlap_webAcclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap will work with New Haven-area piano students in an open workshop on Saturday, December 7. Known for his rigor-meets-romance musical sensibility, Bill Charlap is regarded as one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook. He is a two-time Grammy nominee.

The workshop will take place at 10:30am in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Ellington Jazz Fellowship at Yale. MORE

Published December 5, 2013
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