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Not Your Typical School Productions: Music Students Play Major Role in NY Culture

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Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” presented by the Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall in April 2014

New York Times | By Anthony Tommasini

With the demise of the New York City Opera in 2013, New York was left with one major — very major — opera company. Still, for all its might, the Metropolitan Opera can’t do everything. There were growing calls from critics and many hopeful opera fans for adventurous smaller companies in the city, like Gotham Chamber Opera and Beth Morrison Projects, to step unto the breach and do more.

Yet there have long been other players on the field doing more, and not just in opera: the conservatories and music schools in the city, along with the music departments at universities where the performing arts really matter. In cities across the United States, these institutions are hotbeds of opera, symphonic concerts and chamber music.… MORE

Published December 22, 2014
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Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Chorus to visit Yale Jan. 16

Valery Gergiev | Photo by Marco Borggreve

Valery Gergiev | Photo by Marco Borggreve

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce a residency with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, on Friday, January 16, 2015.

The residency will comprise three events, all of which are open to the public: a conversation with Gergiev, an open rehearsal with the Yale Philharmonia, and a concert by the Mariinsky Chorus.

NPR calls Gergiev “a powerful force in the world of classical music” and “an unstoppable promoter of Russian culture.” The article also notes a pivotal point in his career: “In 1988, when Gergiev was in his mid-30s, he took the helm of the historic Kirov Theater, a jewel of imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. The Mariinsky, as it’s now called, has been home to Russia’s greatest performing artists: Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Nureyev and Baryshnikov. In 1892, The Nutcracker received its world premiere there.”

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Published December 22, 2014
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