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Richard Goode, Peter Serkin to perform on 2014–2015 Horowitz Piano Series

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Peter Serkin

The Horowitz Piano Series at Yale will present eight concerts in the 2014–2015 season, including performances by both guest artists and Yale faculty. The season presents music from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century; many events center around the legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Richard Goode will open the series on Wednesday, October 1 with a program of late Beethoven works. On October 22, Peter Serkin will play music from the Renaissance by Josquin, Dowland, Byrd, and others, as well as selections by Mozart and Schoenberg.

Boris Berman, the artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series, performs on November 12. His program pairs two sets of Beethoven variations (including the “Eroica” Variations in E-flat major) with two twentieth-century Russian composers: Stravinsky and Prokofiev. MORE

Published June 28, 2014
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Ellington Jazz Series announces new concert season


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The Ellington Jazz Series at Yale, directed by Willie Ruff, announces its upcoming concert season today. The 2014–2015 season will have four concerts, beginning Friday, September 12 with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet.

Two ensembles that performed at Yale in 2012 will return this season: the Ron Carter Trio on October 24, and the Mingus Big Band, a tribute to the late Charles Mingus, on December 5.

The season closes on March 6 with The American Jazz Century, a multimedia program hosted by Willie Ruff and featuring pianist Aaron Diehl.

Concerts take place Fridays at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

Tickets go on sale July 1. To purchase tickets, visit our website or contact the box office at 203 432-4158.

Published June 27, 2014
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UNR music professor Dmitri Atapine to join prestigious program

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University of Nevada, Reno cello professor Dmitri Atapine is one of eight musicians chosen from hundreds of applicants to participate in a three-year residency with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in New York.

Every three years, the Society’s CMS Two program welcomes tomorrow’s most important chamber music ensembles and individuals from around the world to join the group during its performances on stage, on tour and on recordings.

The visiting musicians also take part in numerous educational activities. MORE

Published June 26, 2014
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Oneppo Chamber Music Series announces 2014–2015 concert season

brentano_v_webThe Oneppo Chamber Music Series, under the artistic direction of David Shifrin, is pleased to announce the lineup for its 2014–2015 season. This year, the School of Music welcomes the Brentano String Quartet as the new faculty quartet-in-residence; the ensemble will open the season on September 23 and will perform again January 27.

On October 28, the Orion String Quartet and Windscape will perform Bach’s Art of the Fugue in Samuel Baron’s arrangement for string quartet and wind quintet.  Two string quartets join the Brentano on the series: the Jupiter on November 18 and the Danish on February 17. MORE

Published June 26, 2014
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Matthew Barnson ’12 DMA joins faculty of Stony Brook University

barnson_matthew_webComposer Matthew Barnson ’07 MM, ’08 MMA, ’12 DMA has been appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The tenure-track appointment begins this fall.

Most recently, Barnson served as assistant professor of composition at Trinity College Dublin. He has also chaired the composition and theory department at New York’s Third Street Music School Settlement. MORE

Published June 23, 2014
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Composer Hannah Lash Shifts The Harmonies Of Early Music

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By Michael Hamad

Renaissance polyphony, readily available for decades on any number of high-quality recordings, has become a sort of go-to bliss-out music, for listeners who are drawn to gorgeous harmonies, sung a cappella and bathed in cathedrals of reverb, and who can’t quite bring themselves to purchase an Enya CD.

Those folks are on to something, and they’re amply rewarded by the music, even if few notice the rigorous counterpoint practiced by Josquin des Prez (late 1400s), Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (mid-late 1500s) or Carlo Gesualdo (late 16th century), the notorious Prince of Verona and alleged murderer with a futuristic harmonic palette.

Composer Hannah Lash thinks about counterpoint more than most; among her other classes, she teaches 16th-century counterpoint at Yale, where she’s an assistant professor, and her personal relationship to Josquin’s music goes back even further. More than a year ago, Lash was approached by Jeffrey Douma, director of the Yale Choral Artists, to compose a new piece for his ensemble. MORE

Published June 20, 2014
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Norfolk voted Best Music Festival in the Berkshires

tokyo-norfolkThe Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival was recently voted the Best Music Festival in the Berkshires by the Berkshire Record magazine. both Readers and Editors’ Choice as

The magazine noted: “The readers and editors see eye to eye on this one. Building on the rich musical tradition surrounding Norfolk since the 19th century, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival continuously draws audiences from all over the country to scenic Northwest Connecticut to take in compelling aural art produced by world class artists. The passion for some of the best music ever heard by human ears results in one of the most prestigious musical gatherings in the nation.” MORE

Published June 19, 2014
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Dean Robert Blocker plays Mozart with Hartford Symphony Orchestra June 27

Robert Blocker, pianoRobert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, will be the featured pianist on the opening concert of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival on June 27. The summer series of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the opening program will be led by HSO music director Carolyn Kuan.

Blocker will be the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488. The program also includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425, and music by Adolphe Adam. The outdoor concert takes place at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.

Other soloists featured on the program include soprano Suzanne Lis and HSO flutist Barbara Hopkins. The 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues through July 25.


Published June 19, 2014
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52 from Yale feel the beat — and heat — in Ghana trip

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By Joe Amarante

Yale Director of Bands Thomas Duffy returned from a momentous 12-day trip to Ghana with 51 students and Yale band and School of Music staffers on June 1, threw out all his clothes from the trip and left a day later for a week in China.

We should explain.

Duffy led 41 student members of the Yale Concert Band, six Yale Percussion Group grad students, three documentarians and a staff member on 12 days of cultural exchange, musical research and community service in the African country of Ghana.

The delegation studied, performed and recorded traditional drumming and dance pieces with Ghanaian master drummers, the first time that some of the pieces have been performed in decades. MORE

Published June 18, 2014
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SoundAdvice Composer Spotlight: Robert Honstein

honsteinSoundAdvice sits down with Robert Honstein, one of the composers selected to participate in ACO’s 23rd Annual Underwood New Music Readings on June 6 and 7, part of this year’s inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL celebration. His piece, Rise, is intended to inspire the audience to create their own art.

American Composers Orchestra: What was the inspiration for your piece that will be read by ACO at the Underwood New Music Readings?  How has that been incorporated into the work?

Robert Honstein: I was thinking about the idea of the pastoral, particularly the symphonic tradition of representing nature. It’s a pretty old tradition that had a real flowering (pardon the pun) in the 19th century. You’ve got Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Berlioz, for example, writing orchestra music that expressed a distinctly romantic idea of nature. I love that music but feel like this way of representing nature isn’t quite suited for the 21st century. We’re still moved by the outdoors, of course, but it’s complicated these days. What does it mean to romanticize nature in the post-industrial, climate-changing 21st century? Perhaps this explains the somewhat haunting mood of my piece, Rise. There is a celebration of the natural world, but also an unsettled feeling that never resolves. MORE

Published June 18, 2014
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