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New York Times: If the Devil Taps You, Pretend You Didn’t Feel It

When Stravinsky wrote “The Soldier’s Tale,” his 1918 dramatic work that combines spoken text with a seven-piece chamber ensemble, he had in mind the touring puppet shows and playing troupes he encountered in the Russia of his youth. Over the years, when “The Soldier’s Tale” has been presented as a staged drama or a ballet, it has often been updated or mythologized. It is probably best known as a concert work, without its spoken text.

On Sunday night the Yale in New York series, now in its seventh season, presented a fresh, funny and aptly ominous staged production of “The Soldier’s Tale” at Zankel Hall, a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the Yale School of Drama. MORE

Published April 8, 2014
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YSM website nominated for Webby Award

Digital Media Center for the ArtsThe Yale School of Music’s new website was nominated for a Webby Award. The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the nominees on Tuesday, April 8.

YSM is one of five nominees worldwide in the School/University category.

The School’s new website, which launched last September, was created through a collaboration between School of Music staff and faculty and design agency Madison Mott. View the creative team here.

All nominees compete for the web industry’s two most coveted awards: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s VoiceAward. While the Academy selects its Webby Winner in each category, every Webby Nominee also contends for a Webby People’s Voice Award as selected by the voting public. Voting is open April 8–24.  



Published April 8, 2014
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Bach’s In Good Hands

Parisot-550x374New Haven Independent
By Lucy Gellman

Nonononono.” Aldo Parisot said with a sudden lowering of his hands, bringing a panoply of bows, all fiercely swinging to Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto No. 4 in F minor” (“Winter”) from The Four Seasons, to an abrupt halt.

“Somebody screwed it up. Was it you?”

A single finger pointed to the chest of a young cellist, who seemed to tighten his grip around the bow as he nodded solemnly.

There is much to know about Parisot, the founder and director of the Grammy-nominated, internationally recognized Yale Cellos. Two facts stand out this time of year. MORE

Published April 8, 2014
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Review: Yale in New York, ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ @ Carnegie’s Zankel Hall

By Jon Sobel

With the centenary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring safely behind us, there’s value in a reminder of the great variety of music the composer brought out through his long career before and after the Rite‘s riotous 1913 premiere. Yale in New York brought an enchanting new production of the dance-theater piece The Soldier’s Tale to Carnegie Hall’s downstairs hall last night, featuring Michael Cerveris in the key role of the Narrator and Yale drama students in the dancing/speaking roles.

Based on a Russian folk tale, and written in response to the dislocations of World War One, the work premiered in 1918 with text by C. F. Ramuz. With a bouncy, sometimes Seussian new translation by director Liz Diamond, the Yale production showed how accessible and amusing Stravinsky’s music could be–even before the 1920s ushered in what’s generally considered his “neoclassical” style. MORE

Published April 8, 2014
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