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Inside the Music Factory: Visiting With Fellows at the Norfolk Festival

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By Wiley Wood

The campus of the Yale Summer School of Music in Norfolk is almost deserted on a sunny day in July, but fragments of music float in the air from all sides. A brass ensemble is rehearsing in a stone structure near Mountain Road. A pianist is banging out a passage in the studio next to Spaulding Brook. And up on the hillside, near the site of the old greenhouse, a low brick building is leaking music out of every corner. This is where the Amici Quartet is rehearsing.

Director Paul Hawkshaw explains that some groups come to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival pre-formed. The members of the East Rock Brass Quintet, for instance, attend the Yale School of Music and perform together during the year. The string players of the Amici, however, had never met before the previous week. They will play together throughout the six weeks of the festival, sometimes accepting an extra player for a particular piece or going on loan to another group. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Akropolis Reed Quintet wins Fischoff’s 2015 Educator Award


The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association announced in July that Akropolis Reed Quintet, whose oboist is Timothy Gocklin ’14MM, ’15AD, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in both chamber music performance and outreach education.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Akropolis will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region during the spring of 2015 as part of Fischoff’s award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Marianna Prjevalskaya wins New Orleans International Piano Competition

prjevalskaya-webMarianna Prjevalskaya ’07MM, ’10AD won the gold medal in the 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition. In addition to a $15,000 cash award, the prize includes opportunities including a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall and performance bookings with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prjevalskaya was the first woman to win the competition since 2005, when Tanya Bannister ’01CERT took the gold. The jurors awarded Prjevalskaya the medal based on her work in three live performances during the weeklong competition, which took place in New Orleans. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Cellist Thomas Mansbacher ’74 MM to retire from Cleveland Orchestra

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Thomas Mansbacher (’74 MM) has a lot on his mind. A crossword puzzle addict, the cellist has a brain literally chock-full of trivia.

But that’s far from all his head retains. Scattered between all the minutiae that enable him to complete even complex puzzles in moments lie some powerful, crystal-clear memories.

What’s more, on the eve of his retirement at the end of the summer from the Cleveland Orchestra after 37 years, the cellist is only poised to soak up more, to increase his storage capacity and load it with new data and experiences. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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