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Yale welcomes composer/conductor John Adams for weeklong residency

John Adams

John Adams

Renowned American composer and conductor John Adams will return to the university in his multiple roles as composer, conductor, and thinker during a weeklong residency Oct. 12–19. Events include a panel discussion and two concerts in which Adams will conduct the Yale Philharmonia and the Brentano String Quartet.

The panel discussion will include Peter Salovey, president of Yale, and Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music. It will take place 1–2:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St). The event is free and open to the public.

The residency will culminate in two concerts featuring Adams conducting the Yale Philharmonia in his own music alongside works by Stravinsky and Beethoven. “There is nothing particularly new about one composer internalizing the music of another and ‘making it his own,’” noted Adams. “Composers are drawn to another’s music to the point where they want to live in it, and that can happen in a variety of fashions.” MORE

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Composer John Adams Returns To Yale For Weeklong Residency

John Adams, guest conductor and composer

John Adams, guest conductor and composer

Hartford Courant
By Michael Hamad

You might see a certain famous composer grabbing slices of New Haven’s famous pizza later this month.

John Adams, who presented the Tanner Lectures on Human Values in 2009 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2013, returns to Yale during the week of Oct. 12-19 for a series of panels, workshops and concerts, according to a Yale press release. MORE

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Trombone and tuba students shine in Oct. 6 recital

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YSM Trombone Studio

The School of Music presents a recital featuring its trombone and tuba studios on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The program is directed by faculty member and trombonist Scott Hartman.

The program includes Luciano Berio’s Sequenza No. 5 for solo trombone; David Fetter’s Variations on “Dona Nobis Pacem”; and excerpts from Erik Nielsen’s Slidebone for solo trombone. Two pieces will feature brass with piano: a movement from Eric Ewazen’s Tuba Concerto, and Caleb Burhans’ Phantasie for trombone and piano.

Scott Hartman will perform the Nielsen Slidebone. Student performers include Richard Liverano, tenor trombone (Berio); Daniel Fears, bass trombone (Fetter); John Leibensperger, tuba (Ewazen); and Curtis Biggs, tenor trombone (Burhans). MORE

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Alumni duo New Morse Code receives grant from Chamber Music America

New Morse Code

New Morse Code

The cello/percussion duo New Morse Code has been awarded a 2014 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America. The duo — made up of percussionist Michael Compitello ’09MM, ’12MMA and cellist Hannah Collins ’08MM, ’09AD — will work with composer Christopher Stark on a new piece for cello, percussion, and electronics.

The grant will support the creation of this new piece, which will be premiered in the 2015–2016 season. Called The Language of Landscapes, Stark’s composition will leverage the unique sonic terrain of cello and percussion—transforming real and imagined landscapes into compelling musical spaces.

The journey created in the piece will begin with Michael’s Southwest desert home, traveling through the deciduous hills of upstate New York (Hannah’s home) and finally towards the wide sky of Christopher’s northern Rockies.

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