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René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan, guitars, perform at Yale Extravaganza Feb. 22

René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan

René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan

The Yale School of Music’s Guitar Extravaganza presents a concert by the classical guitar duo of René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan on Saturday, February 22nd at 5:30 pm. The performance takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Both performers are graduates of the Yale School of Music who now teach at the University of Wisconsin. Belarus-born Elina Chekan combines active performance and a teaching career, appearing as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. Argentinean composer Jorge Morel dedicated his composition “Campañas” to her. René Izquierdo is a winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition, Schadt String competition, and the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition, among others.

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Published February 17, 2014
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Conducting fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Feb. 28

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This post was updated Feb. 19 to reflect a change in time. The concert will begin at 8 pm.

The Yale School of Music presents its two conducting fellows, Jonathan Brandani and Louis Lohraseb, in a performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, February 28, 2014. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, an intimate venue to hear a full orchestra.

The program includes selections by Wagner, Copland, and Beethoven. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was composed as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son. Copland’s jazz-infused Music for the Theatre was written not for a specific play; Copland selected the title because the “music seemed to suggest a certain theatrical atmosphere.” MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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[ in the press ]

Northern Colorado professor inducted in hall of fame

The UNC Mirror
By Kim Borden

The Colorado Music Educators Association added five inductees into its Hall of Fame on Jan. 24, including University of Northern Colorado Director of Bands, Ken Singleton ’74 MM, ’75 MMA, ’81 DMA.

The CMEA is a state organization for music teachers in primary, secondary and college levels. All teachers of music are eligible for an induction into the Hall of Fame.

Typically this award is given to teachers and professors after they retire. It is like a lifetime achievement award, based on how a teacher has served music education in the state.  MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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[ students & alumni ]

YSM students perform at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in February 2014

kennedy1Yale School of Music students will soon take part in two performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Both events — on February 19 and 23 — will be streamed live via the Kennedy Center’s website.

In honor of the Kennedy Center’s recently debuted 5,000-pipe organ, Yale School of Music faculty and students will perform an organ showcase in Washington, D.C. The concert, featuring Yale School of Music student Robert Bennesh, will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 6 pm.

In addition, YSM students will be performing as part of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Conservatory Project, a semi-annual event presenting the nation’s finest young musical artists. This year’s concert, which takes place on Sunday, February 23 at 6 pm, will feature three pianists:  Yevgeny Yontov ’14 MM, Lo-An Lin ’14 AD, and Wenbin Jin ’14 AD.  MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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[ events ]

New Haven Register: Yale Opera’s ‘La Boheme’ opens at the Shubert in New Haven

bohemeNew Haven Register
By Joe Amarante

Crowd-pleasing opera “La Bohème,” about young, starving artists in love, arrives at the Shubert Theater on Valentine’s Day for a weekend run, presented by Yale School of Music and Yale Opera. Just don’t expect a Hallmark card confection.

Oxford-trained director Michael Gielata said that with other, older opera troupes, you can end up with an “exquisite singer in their 40s or 50s (often well-fed) playing an 18-year-old.” He’s also not fond of “whipped-cream, cardboard box, chocolate cake ‘Bohèmes.’ That’s not what poverty looks like. That’s not what the gutters of Paris of that time looked like.” MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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