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Yale’s Glee Club Makes Cultural Exchange Sing

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The Yale Glee Club Chorus performed Thursday (March 13) in Havana for an enthusiastic crowd.On the island for a second time to perform thanks to a cultural program that encourages artistic exchanges between the United States and Cuba, choral director Jeffrey Douma was excited to hear how his chorus sounded singing inside one of Havana’s oldest churches, the Church of the Convent of Saint Francis.

“When I go back home and I continue to work on this repertoire with my choirs I hope that I will have a closer understanding to what this music really should sound like. I certainly have a better understanding of the spirit behind it and the rhythm and the energy and the life.” said Douma prior to the concert.

“Music, the arts in general, build bridges. It doesn’t matter what side (you are on) they build bridges,” said Digna Guerra, the Director of the Cuban Chorus.

Cuba’s chorus will travel in 2015 to New Haven, Connecticut to perform at Yale as part of the exchange.

Published March 13, 2014
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Bruce Neswick ’80 MM is WFIU’s Artist Of The Month for March

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By Heidi Siberz

WFIU’s Featured Artist for the month of March is organist Bruce Neswick. An active recitalist, composer, conductor and teacher, Neswick joined the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as an associate professor of music in the fall of 2011.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and the Yale School of Music, Neswick also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva. His teachers have included Robert Baker, David Dahl, Gerre Hancock, Margaret Irwin-Brandon and Lionel Rogg. MORE

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New Music World: Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat)

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The Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama collaborated in creating this new production of Stravinsky’s 1918 masterpiece. They re-envisioned the playfully rhyming poetry of the libretto and the colliding and combining in the movement and dance from ballet to hip hop.

Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) was written in response to the events of World War I. It was premiered in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1918, conducted by Ernest Ansermet. Marking one hundred years since the outbreak of the war, the Yale Schools of Music and Drama bring a fresh perspective to the work with a lively new translation by Liz Diamond, OBIE Award winning Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Directing Department at Yale School of Drama. Diamond will also stage the production.

This production also marks one of the largest collaborations between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama. It brings together School of Music faculty and student musicians with the School of Drama faculty, student, and alumni designers, actors, and technicians.

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Cellist Maya Beiser: Creating Music, the Mantra to Move People

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By Lisa Houston

It might seem unlikely that someone raised on a strict religious kibbutz in the Galilee Mountains, who trained as a classical cellist and graduated from Yale, would become an innovator, a collaborative artist who commissions and stars in unusual and never-before-seen combinations of sounds, visuals, and text — but cellist Maya Beiser is exactly such an explorer. Her upcoming show at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University this weekend — which includes the work of the digital artists known as the OpenEndedGroup, along with Ko Ishikawa, renown player of the shō, an ancient Chinese and later Japanese reed instrument, plus the work of composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski — is typical of her work in that it employs diverse elements, but unusual in that Beiser was invited to participate by Kapuscinski, rather than instigating the project herself. But, true to form, Beiser is learning from her collaborators and making the most of the creative process as she prepares to bring the public something that is new and, she hopes, relevant to their lives. MORE

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