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Yo-Yo Ma to perform benefit concert at Yale January 13

Yo-Yo Ma | Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Yo-Yo Ma | Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, whose artistry and wide-ranging interests have earned him the adulation of audiences worldwide, will come to Yale University to perform a special benefit concert in Woolsey Hall on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Appearing at the invitation of legendary cellist and Yale professor Aldo Parisot, Yo-Yo Ma will perform a suite by J.S. Bach for solo cello, in a duet with Yale assistant professor of cello Ole Akahoshi, and as a concerto soloist with members of the Yale Philharmonia conducted by Mr. Parisot.

Of special interest, Yo-Yo Ma will interview Aldo Parisot onstage after intermission in what should be a lively and informative conversation between two masters of the cello who have enjoyed a warm friendship for many years. MORE

Published November 17, 2014
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Faculty pay tribute to composer Alfred Schnittke in Nov. 19th concert

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The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents a concert of music by Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998) commemorating the 80th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Sarita Kwok, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Wei-Yi Yang, piano will play three of Schnittke’s duos for strings and piano. This concert offers a relatively rare opportunity to hear a full evening of work by the Soviet composer.

Schnittke focused mainly on chamber music, particularly the human-like voices of string instruments. He developed a polystylistic approach that combined and juxtaposed styles from across eras. The violinist Midori has written that “Schnittke saw music as a chronicling of human life and of the history that shaped it.” MORE

Published November 14, 2014
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Violinists from the Yale Baroque Ensemble perform virtuoso program Nov. 18 & 19

Yale Baroque Ensemble 2014-15The Yale School of Music will present members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble in a baroque violin recital on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 18 and 19. Each performance takes place at 5:30 pm at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The recital features violinists Hyejin Koh and Seul-A Lee, both current members of the postgraduate Yale Baroque Ensemble. They will be joined by Christopher Hwang, baroque cello; Stephen Gamboa, harpsichord; and Arash Noori, theorbo. MORE

Published November 14, 2014
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Apply for the 2015 String Quartet Fellowship program

brentano-homeThe String Quartet Fellowship offers an exceptional young quartet the opportunity to work closely with the Brentano String Quartet in an exciting new residency program at YSM. We are accepting applications for fall 2015.

Alumni of the quartet fellowship program include the Jasper String Quartet, the winners of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award. MORE

Published November 13, 2014
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Dexter Kennedy ’14MM wins Grand Prix de Chartres de Interprétation

dexter-kennedy-webDexter Kennedy won the 2014 Grand Prix de Chartres de Interprétation at the 24th Concours International D’Orgue de Chartres, one of the oldest most prestigious international organ competitions in the world. He is the first American to win the Grand Prix de Chartres since 1996.

Ordinarily held at Chartres Cathedral, this year’s competition was held October 28–November 8 at the two Paris Conservatories, with the finals in Notre Dame de Paris due to renovations to the Chartres Cathedral nave.

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Published November 13, 2014
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“Back to the Future”: Music of 17th-century Italy and Germany featured in Nov. 16 concert

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Photo by Johna Friends

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents a program called Back to the Future: Music of 17th-century Italy and Germany. The concert features the trio of John Holloway, violin; Jane Gower, dulcian; and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord.

The dulcian is a Renaissance woodwind instrument with a double reed, similar to the modern bassoon.

The program includes passionate sonatas, toccatas, and dances from the dawn of the baroque and even earlier. Composers featured on the program include Boedecker, Buchner, Castello, Fontana, Froberger, Matteis, Rosenmuller, Rossi, Schmelzer, and Selma y Salvarde. MORE

Published November 12, 2014
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Cellist Alvin Wong plays Beethoven, Chen Yi, and more in DMA recital Nov. 13

wong_alvin_2013Cellist Yan Ming Alvin Wong will give his DMA recital on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 pm. The recital, which includes music by composers as diverse as Beethoven, Prokofiev, Augusta Read Thomas, and Zhou Long, will also feature pianist Lindsay Garritson.

The program opens with Beethoven’s Seven Variations on “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen,” WoO 46, and continues with Prokofiev’s Sonata in C Major, Op. 119. Composer Augusta Read Thomas is a graduate of Yale, and Wong will play her Spring Song, written in 1995. MORE

Published November 11, 2014
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Prepared Guitar: 13 Questions for Alumnus James Moore

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Prepared Guitar | Thirteen Questions Series

James Moore is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been active in New York since 2006, earning the titles of “local electric guitar hero” by Time Out New York and “model new music citizen” by the New York Times. Performing on a wide array of guitars, banjos, mandolins and home-made instruments, James incorporates his classical training and a healthy dose of improvisation, theatrics, and experimentation.

You may have found James in a variety of performance situations: at the Ghent Jazz Festival performing John Zorn’s Book of Heads for solo guitar; at the Pompidou Center in Paris as an on-stage musician and actor for playwright Richard Maxwell’s Neutral Hero; at the Brooklyn Academy of Music playing the music George Crumb on mandolin and singing saw with soprano Dawn Upshaw; at the Fringe Theater in Hong Kong presenting apocalyptic multimedia works with his guitar quartet Dither; At the Kennedy Center in Washington DC performing David Lang’s electrified music for Susan Marshall’s dance piece Play/Pause; at the Barbican Center in London playing the music of Michael Gordon with Alarm Will Sound; at the Whitney Museum interpreting graffiti compositions by Christian Marclay with Elliott Sharp; at The World Financial Center strumming a ukulele with the pop/chamber group Clogs; at the Kitchen playing with members of Wilco and The National.
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Published November 10, 2014
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Yale School of Music announces newly revised Master of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce important revisions to two of its degree programs. These revisions allow students to further develop their musicianship and artistry in a profound and unique way, leveraging both the teaching of the distinguished artist-faculty of the School of Music and the unparalleled resources of Yale University.

Last year, the School of Music launched its revised Doctor of Musical Arts degree, its highest academic credential. The launch of these two performance-focused programs complements that of the new DMA. The new Master of Musical Arts degree and Artist Diploma programs are now accepting applications for the 2015–2016 academic year.

“The new programs will nurture young artists of the highest caliber who reflect Yale’s values of cultural leadership and service. These programs will continue, sustain and enhance the rich legacy of musical excellence that has characterized Yale for over three centuries,” said Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music. MORE

Published November 7, 2014
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New Haven Register: Peter Oundjian leads Yale Philharmonia

Peter Oundjian“An American in Paris” headlines the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale concert Friday night in Woolsey Hall, and it’s another opportunity to watch Canadian Peter Oundjian work.

Guest conductor (and violinist) Oundjian, who has been music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a decade, will lead the Philharmonia in the bouncy and brassy Gershwin masterwork – which led to the 1951 Gene Kelly film – as well as “Symphonic Metamorphosis” by Paul Hindemith, a German composer who later became a member of the Yale School of Music faculty. MORE

Published November 6, 2014
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