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New Music New Haven to feature guest composer Bryce Dessner March 5


The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring music by guest composer Bryce Dessner on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 pm. The concert also includes music by six YSM student composers: Krists Auznieks, Natalie Dietterich, Ian Gottlieb, Brian Heim, Michael Laurello, and Tiange Zhou.

The concert will stream live on the School of Music's website.


The program will feature two pieces by Dessner, a Yale School of Music alumnus who has won recognition as a composer as well as for his work in the Grammy-nominated band The National. His string quartet Tenebre was a 2010 commission by the acclaimed Kronos Quartet. His work Murder Ballads, written for a sextet of strings, winds, percussion, and piano, was commissioned in 2013 by the new music ensemble eighth blackbird.

The first half of the concert will feature the Brooklyn-based Sandbox Percussion playing new pieces by graduate students in composition: Tiange Zhou's Beginning of Origin; Michael Laurello's Short Movement Written During a Snowstorm; Krists Auznieks's Passing Pieces; Ian Gottlieb's Percussion Quartet; Natalie Dietterich's Dig; and Brian Heim's Cymbal Quartet.

Sandbox is an ensemble of four YSM percussion alumni: Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosebaum, and Terry Sweeney. MORE INFO

Bryce Dessner — praised by NPR for his “gorgeous, full-hearted music” — seamlessly blends aspects of the classical and the popular in his concert works. Dessner’s scores, described as “deft” and “vibrant” by The New York Times, draw on elements from Baroque and folk music, late Romanticism and modernism, minimalism, and the blues. MORE INFO

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $10, $5 for students. For more information, contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit the box office at 470 College Street.


This concert is part of a three-day residency by Bryce Dessner. In addition to coaching student chamber ensembles on performances of his music, Dessner's residency will include presentations in classes, a Master's tea at Calhoun College, and a meeting with the School of Music composition students.