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Violist Ettore Causa and pianist Boris Berman perform together Oct. 27

berman-causaThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents Ettore Causa and Boris Berman on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed YSM faculty members will perform works from their new recording, Brahms & Schumann: Transcriptions for Viola & Piano.

First on the program is Brahms’ Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38. The work pays homage to J. S. Bach, and the principal theme of the first and third movements are based on Contrapunctus 4 and 13 from The Art of the Fugue.

After intermission, the program will continue with three works by Schumann that were originally written for wind instruments: Drei Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano; Romances for oboe and piano; and Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano. These duos were part of Schumann’s plan to compose a sonata or similar duo with piano for each instrument, a task that was quickly forgotten as his attention was diverted to orchestral works. MORE

Published October 19, 2015
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David Lang named Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters

David Lang, composer

David Lang, composer

Composer and YSM faculty member David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA has been awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The award was announced late last week.

Lang was awarded the insignia alongside Tim Griffin, executive director of The Kitchen, on October 16 at the Payne Whitney Mansion in New York. Bénédicte de Montlaur, the French Embassy’s cultural counselor, presented the award, which was created in 1957 to recognize those who have contributed to the furthering of French art.

A professor of the YSM composition faculty since 2008, David Lang’s music has been performed by major musical, dance, and theatrical organizations throughout the world and have earned him numerous accolades including the Pulitzer Prize for music. He is also know for his work as co-founder and co-artistic director of contemporary music collective Bang on a Can, which has toured widely in France. Lang often collaborates with French choreographers like Maud le Pladec and Benjamin Millepied, and has contributed to French art projects and installations at the Fondation Cartier and the Raymond Raymond Poincaré hospital.

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Trinidad & Tobago Guardian: Quillen is a pan dreamer

Josh QuillenTrinidad & Tobago Guardian | By Andrew Martin, Ray Funk

Josh Quillen is playing, teaching, drilling, thinking, and perhaps dreaming pan from campus halls to concert halls, from Trinidad to Brooklyn, from dance performances to a digital album.

On his return from the International Conference and Panorama competition where he performed with the Brooklyn Steel Orchestra (who earned a respectable fourth place tie with Phase II), Quillen was at the Brooklyn Labor Day Panorama where he drilled the Crossfire Steel Orchestra along with his former student Kendall Williams, the band’s arranger.

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Published October 19, 2015
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