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New Music New Haven features music by Martin Bresnick and David Lang Feb. 6

Concert also includes new works by graduate composers William Gardiner, Bálint Karosi, Michael Laurello, and James Rubino
February 5, 2014

Martin Bresnick

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8 pm. The concert pairs music by faculty composers Martin Bresnick and David Lang with new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.

The concert opens with Michael Laurello performing his own piece Rose for harpsichord and synthesizer. William Gardiner‘s Songs from Dictée will be performed by members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble and others. Bálint Karosi’s The Final Wait, a funeral cantata for solo alto and strings, will follow; the piece’s text is by Audrey Fernandez-Fraser from the Yale Divinity School.

The second half of the concert opens with James Rubino‘s Progenie, also performed by members of the YBE.

Faculty violinist Sarita Kwok will then perform Martin Bresnik’s Josephine, The Singer, which takes its title from Franz Kafka’s last published story. The evening will conclude with David Lang‘s for love is strong, based on texts from the Song of Songs.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. The concert will stream live.


About the Featured Composers

Martin Bresnick is the Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Composition at the Yale School of Music. Professor Bresnick has won numerous honors including the Rome Prize, the Stoeger Prize for Chamber Music from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the first Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Aaron Copland Award for teaching from ASCAP, a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was recently elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has had commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm foundations, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as individual ensembles and performers. Martin Bresnick’s compositions are published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, New York; Bote & Bock, Berlin; CommonMuse Music Publishers, New Haven; and have been recorded by Cantaloupe Records, New World Records, Albany Records, Bridge Records, Composers Recordings Incorporated, Centaur, and Artifact Music. He joined the Yale faculty in 1981 and is currently the coordinator of the composition department.

David Lang, composer

The music of David Lang has been performed by major musical, dance, and theatrical organizations throughout the world, including the Santa Fe Opera, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Nederlands Dans Theater, and the Royal Ballet, to name a few. Lang is the co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music festival, Bang on a Can. In 2008, Lang was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for The Little Match Girl Passion. He has also has been honored with the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), a Kennedy Center/Friedheim Award, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the 2013–14 Debs Composer-in-Residence at Carnegie Hall. Lang’s work is recorded on the Sony Classical, Teldec, BMG, Point, Chandos, Argo/Decca, Caprice, Koch, Albany, CRI and Cantaloupe labels. David Lang holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Iowa, and received the D.M.A. from the Yale School of Music in 1989. His music is published by Red Poppy (ASCAP) and is distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc. David Lang joined the Yale faculty in 2008.