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YSM student Stephen Feigenbaum receives Special Distinction at ASCAP Competition

Feigenbaum portrait orientation low resolution for WebOn January 13, 2014 the ASCAP Foundation awarded Stephen Feigenbaum special distinction for his 11-minute work for orchestra, My Shade, which he submitted to the 34th Annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize.

The award, which honors the memory of Dr. Rudolf Nissim and his dedication to to concert composers, is a prize of $5,000 in cash presented to the best score submitted. This year, there were nearly 270 entries. Nissim, a former head of ASCAP’s International Department, established the prize, which is presented annual to an ASCAP concert composer for a work that has not been performed professionally. MORE

Published April 9, 2014
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Decoding The Sounds Of AMC’s Spy Series, ‘Turn’

BeltramiWNYC Soundcheck

The last time Marco Beltrami talked with Soundcheck, the fate of humanity rested in the balance. We were all facing the zombie apocalypse. (Again.) But inspired perhaps by Marco’s dramatic soundtrack, the world was saved in the movie World War Z, so that left the composer free to tackle a subject closer to home — though further away in time.

In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, the well-traveled composer discusses his latest music project, the new AMC TV series, Turn, about America’s first spy ring.

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Published April 9, 2014
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A new Fab Four for the music school

brentano_3264x2448_0_0_460Yale Alumni Magazine
By Mark Alden Branch

When the Tokyo String Quartet retired from performance—and from its residency at the Yale School of Music—last year, the school didn’t exactly have a process in place to guide the search for a new quartet. It hadn’t come up much, since the Tokyo quartet had been there since 1977. At a press briefing yesterday introducing their successors, Dean Robert Blocker said that the school’s faculty, staff, and students not only had an opinion about the process, “most people had three or four opinions about it.”

Blocker said he was looking for a group that was not only musically talented, but that also had “values that give their music an extra dimension” and that could be “role models for our students.” They chose the Brentano String Quartet, an acclaimed ensemble that has been in residence at Princeton for the last 15 years. “I remember stalking them at the Cliburn competition because I wanted to see how they handled a rehearsal,” Blocker said.

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