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Peter Oundjian conducts the Yale Philharmonia April 4

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, April 4, 2014. Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, will be the piano soloist. The program includes music by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Christopher Theofanidis.

The concert takes place  at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). The event will also stream live on the School’s website. LIVE STREAM 

The concert will open with Rainbow Body  by Yale faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis. Composed in 2000, the piece unifies the melody of a medieval hymn composed by Hildegard of Bingen with the Tibetan Buddhist idea of the “Rainbow body,” an enlightened being that physically dies and is absorbed back into the universe as light. MORE

Published March 18, 2014
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[ reviews ]

Concert Review: Pianist Boris Berman proves himself by letting Brahms, Schoenberg speak for themselves

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By Joan Reinthaler

How refreshing to hear a concert performed by someone who doesn’t seem driven to say something new. Pianist Boris Berman, who chairs the piano division of the Yale School of Music, was at Catholic University’s Ward Hall on Monday evening with a mostly Brahms program, and he seemed content to focus on letting the music speak for itself. The program included all 20 of the assorted and vaguely labeled intermezzi, rhapsodies and capricciosos that make up the Brahms Op. 116, 117, 118 and 119 “Klavierstücke” (or piano pieces). Berman also threw in, as sort of palate-cleansers, Schoenberg’s six short, delicate Op. 16 pieces — altogether an elegant program elegantly played. MORE
Published March 18, 2014
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[ music in schools ]

Teaching Artist of the Week: Ian Tuski ’15 MM

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Regular classes at Fair Haven Middle School end at 3:00 pm every weekday. But on Tuesdays and Thursdays, seven students get to stay an extra hour for group guitar classes taught by Ian Tuski ’15 MM.

Tuski, a first-year student at YSM, has several years of experience teaching guitar in private lessons at the Wauwatosa School of Music in Wauwatosa, WI. However, this experience with the Music in Schools Initiative is the first time he’s taught both in a group setting and in a public school. About the program, he says, “most students don’t need much convincing to come learn guitar due it being such a popular instrument. The challenge comes with so many students thinking guitar is only a part of popular music.”

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Published March 18, 2014
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[ in the press ]

Musical America: Mitch Leigh Dies at 86

Musical America
via Associated Press

NEW YORK — Mitch Leigh, a successful advertising jingle writer with an exuberantly entrepreneurial side whose debut attempt at writing music for a Broadway show became the instant, celebrated hit Man of La Mancha and earned him a Tony Award, has died. He was 86.

Leigh died Sunday in New York of pneumonia and complications from a stroke. A memorial was held yesterday afternoon in Manhattan and all Broadway theater marquees will dim in his honor for one minute at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

“Mitch would have enjoyed every 60 seconds of that minute. He would have been honored. It’s really, really wonderful news on a day of gloomy news here,” his wife, artist Abby Leigh, said Monday. MORE

Published March 18, 2014
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David Lang’s six-concert series COLLECTED STORIES runs April 22–29 at Zankel Hall

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From April 22 to April 29, David Lang, holder of Carnegie Hall‘s 2013-2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair, guides concertgoers through collected stories, a series in which six distinct themes are explored over six Zankel Hall performances, all at 6:00 p.m. and all curated by Mr. Lang. These multi-genre concerts—entitled hero, spirit, love/loss, travel, (post)folk, and memoir—showcase different modes of storytelling across a wide variety of music, from medieval Beowulf to conceptual John Cage, and include world premieres of new music by Lang, Kate Moore, and Kaki King, all commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

In Lang’s own words, “The series divides up the narrative world into topics so we can see how the music changes from subject to subject. Music from different cultures, times, environments, and sound worlds, plus some really exciting commissions, are placed next to each other, highlighting their narrative similarities and telling a larger kind of story about how we listen, experience sound and time, and use music to make sense of the world around us.” MORE

Published March 18, 2014
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