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Author & Opera Star Viven Shotwell to Visit Fairfield Library

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By Mike Lauterborn

Author and opera singer Vivien Shotwell will discuss her newly released debut novel, Vienna Nocturne, on Thursday, April 10 at noon, at Fairfield’s Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Featured in the New York Times Book Review Shortlist (March 23), reviewer Abigail Meisel said, “occasionally borders on the outrageous, but it’s a lusciously frothy confection . . .” Shotwell’s talk will be followed by a luncheon in the Rotary Room, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library…  MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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[ career strategies ]

Career Strategies offers two workshops in April

Astrid Baumgardner, the coordinator of Career Strategies at YSM, recently announced two new workshops to take place this April. The first, to be held April 14, will bring back Steve Blum to discuss the basics of investing with students. In the second, scheduled for April 30, Elaine Carroll of the New Haven Symphony will introduce participants to the skills needed for grant writing and fundraising.  MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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Ironwood offers a new look at Brahms April 9

Ironwood-photos-Nov-2012-12On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the ensemble Ironwood performing “A Different Sort of Brahms.” The concert begins at 5:30 pm at the Collection.

The recital program, acclaimed around the world, questions today’s assumptions about Romantic performance practice. Here, Ironwood presents the music as it would have been performed in the Romantic style of the 19th century.

A Different Sort of Brahms” is the result of the best-selling book Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (Oxford University Press, 2012). The research involved listening to early recordings of pianists who knew Brahms and analyzing primary source documents about 19th-century performance styles. The program has received acclaim from New York to Australia, including at the 2012 American Brahms Society conference, and has been broadcast internationally. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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School of Music students form new orchestra

Yale Daily News
By Dana Schneider

Students from the Yale School of Music have formed a new chamber orchestra.

The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, which consists of approximately 25 members, will make its debut this Friday at St. Mary’s Church. Louis Lohraseb MUS ’16, who pioneered the group, said he first though about founding the orchestra after noticing that orchestral chamber works — particularly pieces from the classical and baroque period — were severely underperformed at Yale.

He said he created the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra to perform these works and to offer Yale students more performance opportunities. Though other chamber groups on campus, such as the Cantata Profana have been playing smaller eclectic works, the new group will provide an opportunity for Yale musicians to perform small orchestral chamber works from this underrepresented period, he explained. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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Aaron Jay Kernis receives A.I. duPont Composer’s Award

Aaron Jay KernisFaculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis has recently received the 2014 A.I. duPont Composer’s Award from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He has also been selected for induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

The duPont Composer’s Award from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra recognizes a living American composer or conductor who has contributed significantly to contemporary classical music. Kernis, a Philadelphia native and 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner, will accept the prize at the DSO’s final chamber concert on April 1. The program will feature music by Kernis’s Musica Celestis alongside selections by Webern and Mendelssohn.

Kernis’ induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, succeeds his induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The American Classical Music Hall of Fame, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, seeks to build and sustain enthusiasm for classical music in contemporary America by celebrating diverse facts of classical music excellence. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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