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Alumnus Matthew Plenk joins voice faculty of Lamont School of Music

Matthew PlenkTenor Matthew Plenk ’06 MM, ’07 AD has been appointed Assistant Professor of Voice with the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

This season Mr. Plenk performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and in its productions of Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He also appears in the Cleveland Orchestra’s performances of Strauss’ Daphne.  MORE

Published March 20, 2015
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Peter Hedrick ’61MM publishes An Early Hautboy Solo Matrix: Solos for the Hautboy before 1710

an-early-hautboy-solo-matrix_300Peter Hedrick ’61MM has published a new book, An Early Hautboy Solo Matrix: Solos for the Hautboy before 1710 based on a Symphonia/Sonate by Johann Christoph Pez that Demonstrates a Performance Practice of Adaptation (Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle, UK, 2015).

The book deals with a significant yet hitherto unexamined topic, filling an important gap in the area of historical performance practice. MORE

Published March 19, 2015
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New videos: John Adams conducts the Yale Philharmonia

Phil-Adams_0136-webComposer and conductor John Adams visited the Yale School of Music in October 2014. His weeklong residency culminated in two concerts featuring Adams conducting the Yale Philharmonia. Each concert featured Adams’ own music alongside works by Stravinsky and Beethoven.

The program included Adams’ Beethoven-inspired piece Absolute Jest, performed alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Stravinsky’s Orpheus. A concerto for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest also featured the Brentano String Quartet in its debut year as YSM’s quartet-in-residence. MORE

Published March 18, 2015
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New Music New Haven features composer-pianist Vijay Iyer April 2

iyer-nmnhThe Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring composer/pianist Vijay Iyer  on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm. The concert features Iyer performing with the Brentano String Quartet, as well as new pieces by YSM student composers.

Iyer’s Time, Place, Action, a 25-minute quintet for piano and strings, was written for the Brentano Quartet’s “Fragments” project. In Iyer’s words, the ensemble asked composers “to start with a fragment by an Old Master, and create something out of it. I used a short fragment by Mozart and built something.” MORE

Published March 18, 2015
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Yale prof David Lang’s music has a job to do in ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’

David Lang, composer

David Lang, composer

New Haven Register | By E. Kyle Minor

Whatever circumstances kept theater director Liz Diamond and composer David Lang from working together at Yale Repertory Theatre would inevitably succumb to fate. Diamond, a resident director at Yale Rep, has directed several productions at the Tony Award-winning regional theater. Lang, a professor of composition at the Yale School of Music, earned his D.M.A. at Yale 26 years ago and has taught here, on and off, since 1994. Along the way, he’s won a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, and composed music for film, ballet and theater.

At long last, he’s composing music for Yale Rep’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Caucasian Chalk Circle,” directed by Diamond. Since Lang is a fan of Brecht, by way of the playwright’s longtime composer, Kurt Weill, Lang is tickled pink to work on the production, which starts previews Friday at University Theatre.

“The ghost of Kurt Weill hangs over everything I do, not just Brecht,” said Lang from his home studio in New York. “I saw an amazing production about a million years ago – the Raul Julia production of ‘Three Penny Opera,’ and it changed my life. MORE

Published March 14, 2015
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Cellos and jokes

Yale Alumni Magazine | Mar/Apr 2015
By Kathrin Lassila

If Yo-Yo Ma and fellow master cellist Aldo Parisot ’48Mus were a comedy duo, there’s no question who would be the straight man and who would deliver the punch lines. Ma and Parisot made it clear to a packed house at Woolsey Hall on January 13, in an unusual performance: they sat onstage and chatted.

The occasion was a concert to benefit a School of Music fund for cello students—and to celebrate Parisot. He’s Yale’s longest-serving faculty member and should probably be classed as an official Yale treasure. His bio is full of impressive lists. Born in Brazil, he has soloed with the great orchestras and conductors of the world, toured the globe many times, recorded with fine-arts labels, taught at leading US conservatories. MORE

Published March 12, 2015
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Carl Stanley ’15MM, trumpet, wins position in West Point Band

stanley_carlCarl Stanley ’15MM has won a trumpet position in the West Point Band at the U.S. Military Academy.

Raised in a musical household in California, Carl Stanley has seen his trumpet career take him around the globe. After completing his B.A. in music in 2008 from California State University, East Bay, Mr. Stanley won a position with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band in Hampton, Virginia.

In his four years as Principal Trumpet in the Concert Band and a member of the Heritage Brass Quintet, Mr. Stanley toured throughout the United States, performing in concerts, recitals, ceremonies, professional sporting events, competitions, and conventions as an Airman musician. MORE

Published March 10, 2015
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Chamber Music Series presents Letters from Argentina March 31

Cho-Liang Lin | Photo by Paul Body

Cho-Liang Lin | Photo by Paul Body

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents a program called Letters from Argentina on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 pm.

The program takes its name from the featured piece, Lalo Schifrin‘s Letters from Argentina. Schifrin trained as both a classical and jazz musician and later became a Hollywood composer; this piece, he said, embodies “the musical memories enhanced by my imagination and converted into impressions of my homeland. Working on this project helped me to recreate an unreal past in which a memory persists and invites us to a journey full of promises and dreams.” MORE

Published March 10, 2015
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MusAid workshop brings young Central American musicians to New Haven

IMG_0085-wnoKevin Schaffter ’15MM, a clarinetist, is the founder and director of MusAid, a nonprofit organization that supports music programs around the world by providing teacher training programs and donated instruments. Since its founding, MusAid has supported programs in Haiti, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Belize, and Burma.

MusAid recently held a workshop in New Haven for eight exceptional musicians (each representing a different country) from the Youth Orchestra of Central America (OJCA). Throughout the week, the musicians will be taking classes from nine Yale faculty and eleven graduate students in preparation for a joint MusAid-OJCA benefit concert in Washington, DC on Monday, March 9. The countries represented are Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. MORE

Published March 9, 2015
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Hung-Kuan Chen plays Liszt, Scriabin, Chopin, and more March 25

Hung Kuan ChenThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by Hung-Kuan Chen on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 pm. Chen will play a recital of music by Liszt, Scriabin, Chopin, and more.

The concert opens with a Bach/Busoni chorale prelude, “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland.”

Next, Chen will play Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, S. 178. Though written as one long movement, the piece encompasses the structure of a four-movement sonata.

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Published March 9, 2015
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