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Yale School of Music to be featured in 2016 NY Phil Biennial

May 25 concert and live webcast features YSM composers and performers
October 27, 2015

Martin Bresnick, composer

The Yale School of Music and its New Music New Haven series will be highlighted in the 2016 NY Phil Biennial, a wide-ranging exploration of today’s music by an array of contemporary and modern composers. YSM’s performance will take place on May 25, 2016 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR, the performance will be streamed live via webcast on WQXR’s new-music channel, Q2 Music, and Q2 Music’s Helga Davis will host the performance.

The program represents the past, present, and future of the composition program of the Yale School of Music, established in 1894, whose composition faculty has included Paul Hindemith, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Jacob Druckman. The program opens with songs by Yale alumnus Charles Ives — “our historically most distinguished student,” according to Yale composition chair Martin Bresnick — and concludes with a song by “one of our very promising current students (and fellow New Englander)” Hilary Purrington.

ives-charles-webIn between are New York premieres by Yale composition faculty members Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, and Hannah Lash, as well as a work by faculty colleague Christopher Theofanidis. Performers will include Yale School of Music faculty, current students, and alumni.

A flagship project of the New York Philharmonic, the NY Phil Biennial brings together an international roster of composers, performers, and curatorial voices for concerts presented both on the Lincoln Center campus and in venues throughout the city.

This concert is co-presented by the Yale School of Music and WQXR’s Q2 Music.