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New York Times notes passing of Ezra Laderman

laderman-bwNew York Times | By Margalit Fox

Ezra Laderman, an American composer who became widely known for his 1993 opera, “Marilyn,” which chronicled the waning days of Marilyn Monroe, died on Saturday at his home in New Haven. He was 90.

His death was announced by the Yale School of Music, where he was an emeritus professor and a former dean.

Mr. Laderman was a prolific composer of symphonic, chamber and vocal music, as well as a bevy of works for traditionally neglected instruments like the viola and the bassoon. But on account of its subject matter, it was “Marilyn,” commissioned to honor the 50th anniversary of the New York City Opera, that made him known to the general public. MORE

Published March 5, 2015
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WNPR: Willie Ruff Uses Cinema Skills to Intro Pianist Aaron Diehl’s Trio Set at Yale

Willie Ruff

Willie Ruff

WNPR | By Owen McNally

Relaxing in a cozy recliner back home in Columbus, Ohio, the nonagenarian trombonist Arthur Baskerville can, through the miracle of live streaming, sit back on Friday night and watch his brilliant, young grandson, the phenomenal pianist Aaron Diehl, perform with his trio in New Haven, more than 600 miles away, at Yale’s prestigious Ellington Jazz Series.

This mix of high-tech delivery and comfortable domesticity is made possible by the ingenious Willie Ruff, the founder and director of Yale’s Ellington Fellowship program. MORE

Published March 5, 2015
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