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John Adams to conduct Yale Philharmonia in New Haven Oct. 17, New York Oct. 19

John Adams, guest conductor and composer

John Adams, guest conductor and composer

Sunday, October 19 at 5 pm at Avery Fisher Hall, the Yale School of Music’s eighth season of the Yale in New York series opens with John Adams conducting the Yale Philharmonia.

Adams is considered “not only one of America’s cleverest composers but a sharp conductor too” (David Murray, Financial Times). This concert showcases Adams’ dual roles as conductor/composer with his Beethoven-inspired piece Absolute Jest alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Stravinsky’s Orpheus. A concerto for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest also features the Brentano String Quartet in its debut year as Yale’s Quartet-in-Residence. MORE

Published October 13, 2014
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Wall St Journal: A Musical Fix for American Schools

Photo from the Music in Schools Initiative, a partnership between the Yale School of Music and New Haven Public Schools

Photo from the Music in Schools Initiative, a partnership between the Yale School of Music and New Haven Public Schools

Wall Street Journal
By Joanne Lipman

American education is in perpetual crisis. Our students are falling ever farther behind their peers in the rest of the world. Learning disabilities have reached epidemic proportions, affecting as many as one in five of our children. Illiteracy costs American businesses $80 billion a year.

Many solutions have been tried, but few have succeeded. So I propose a different approach: music training. A growing body of evidence suggests that music could trump many of the much more expensive “fixes” that we have thrown at the education system.

Plenty of outstanding achievers have attributed at least some of their success to music study. Stanford University’s Thomas Sudhof, who won the Nobel Prize in medicine last year, gave credit to his bassoon teacher. Albert Einstein, who began playing the violin at age 6, said his discovery of the theory of relativity was “the result of musical perception.” MORE

Published October 13, 2014
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