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Canata Profana honored by Chamber Music America

Cantata Profana

Cantata Profana

Cantata Profana, the New York-based vocal chamber ensemble founded by YSM alumnus Jacob Ashworth ’13 MM, ’14 MMA, was honored at this year’s Chamber Music America Conference Awards with a prize for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

In addition to Ashworth, the theatrical and versatile ensemble is also home to several other YSM alumni, including Hannah Collins, cello; Arash Noori, guitar; Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet; Lee Dionne, keyboard; Doug Perry, percussion; Annie Rosen, voice; Daniel Schlosberg, piano; and John Taylor Ward, voice, as well as Ethan Heard, a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

Cantata Profana is one of three ensemble and four presenters that have been selected to receive the prestigious award, which will be presented by Cia Toscanini, vice president of concert music for ASCAP, at the Chamber Music America National Conference on Sunday, January 10, 2016. MORE

Published December 15, 2015
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NYT: David Lang Strives for an Unusually Emotional Melody

David Lang, composer

David Lang, composer

The New York Times | By Rachel Donadio

“Youth,” the first feature film by Paolo Sorrentino since his Academy Award-winning ode to Rome, “The Great Beauty,” stars Michael Caine as Fred Ballinger, an aging composer passing time at an Alpine resort and reflecting on his life. Much of the drama hinges on whether he will conduct a concert of a work that made him famous, his “Simple Song #3,” inextricably linked in his mind to an irrecoverable past.

To score the film — and to write “Simple Song #3” — Mr. Sorrentino turned to David Lang, the celebrated new-music composer, based in New York, whose work has been described as post-Minimalist.

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Published December 14, 2015
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Yale horns and clarinets offer studio recitals Dec. 12 and 14

hornsThe Yale School of Music presents two recitals featuring the horn studio of William Purvis, on Saturday, December 12 at 4:30 pm, and the clarinet studio of David Shifrin on Monday, December 14 at 4:30 pm.

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The Yale horn studio offers a program entitled Siegfried and Friends, featuring Karl Stieger‘s Reingold Fantasy after Wagner, for eight horns, which includes Siegfried’s heroic horn call from Götterdämmerung. The studio will also present a variety of other chamber works for horn, including obscure nineteenth century composer A. Corret‘s Duo Concertant No. 1, für Horn und Gitarre; selections from Brahms‘ famous Trio for horn, violin, and piano; Paul Hindemith‘s Sonata for four horns; and the Chanson from Kerry Turner‘s Carmen Fantasy for eight horns. The program will also highlight two works for solo horn, Elliot Carter’s Retracing II, and Laszlo Rooth’s Quiet Monday, for horn and piano. MORE

Published December 11, 2015
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Yale Opera presents master class with Alan Held Dec. 14

Held_Alan_B&WThe renowned bass-baritone Alan Held will work with several singers from Yale Opera in public master class on Monday, December 14 at 7 pm. The class will feature performances by Paweł Konik, bass-baritone; Dean Murphy, baritone; Anne Maguire, mezzo-soprano; Zachary Johnson, baritone; Andrés Moreno, tenor. Soprano Natalia Rubis is the alternate.

Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will accompany the singers. The master class, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). MORE

Published December 11, 2015
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Strings, horns will set stage for San Fermin

The Columbus Dispatch | By Kevin JoySan Fermin

As a Capital University freshman double-majoring in music education and mathematics, trumpeter John Brandon arrived on the Bexley campus with a different upbringing from that of some of his peers.

“I met kids who used to be considered ‘nerds’; I could not relate,” said Brandon, 30, a Columbus native who, after his graduation from Capital in 2007, earned a graduate degree in classical performance on full scholarship from the Yale University School of Music.

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Published December 11, 2015
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Alumni appear in NYT’s Best Classical Music of 2015 list

David Kaplan | Photo by Samantha West

David Kaplan | Photo by Samantha West

When the classical music team of The New York Times shared its picks for the best performances of the year, several alumni of the Yale School of Music made the list.

Performers include the pianist David Kaplan ’07 MM, ’08 MMA, ’14 DMA, and the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, directed by Brad Wells ’98 MM, ’05 DMA. Among the ensemble’s members are Estelí Gomez ’08 BA, Caroline Shaw ’07 MM, Eric Dudley ’03 MM, ’04 MMA, ’11 DMA, Dashon Burton ’11 MM, and Virginia Warnken ’13 MM.

Composers mentioned include Shaw, Dudley, Missy Mazzoli ’06 MM, and Ted Hearne ’08 MM, ’09 MMA. Below are excerpts from the article. MORE

Published December 10, 2015
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Dashon Burton, Jeanine De Bique break down barriers to classical music

voiceThe Bay State Banner | By Colette Greenstein

“What we have to do in every form of art is really break down the barriers in classical or operatic. In the end, it’s just music and we want everyone to be just as excited about it. I really do believe that by my going to a school and showing children or even college students what it means to be a musician — how this art form is still thriving — I believe by leading through example is the best way to get people excited about classical music,” says classical singer Dashon Burton by phone to the Banner.

The Bronx native began singing at the age of 13 in his school’s choir at the suggestion of a friend. His friend told him that the choir needed more bass. “I had no clue what he was talking about but he said that ‘it would be a lot of fun and I would get to spend some time with some friends.’ I decided to give it a go.” MORE

Published December 10, 2015
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Hung-Kuan Chen performs Chopin’s 24 Preludes and more Dec. 16

Hung Kuan ChenThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by acclaimed pianist Hung-Kuan Chen on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 pm.

The recital will open with one of Haydn‘s early piano sonatas, the Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI: 6. This is followed by Schubert‘s Sonata in C minor, D. 958. One of Schubert’s final works, the sonata was not published until well after the composer’s death, and is now considered one of his masterpieces.

The program will conclude with the full set of Chopin‘s beloved 24 Preludes, Op. 28. The short pieces for piano are written as a cycle which encompass all of the 24 major and minor keys.

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Published December 9, 2015
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Guitar Chamber Music December 15 features a premiere by Gulli Björnsson

yale-guitars-nyThe Yale School of Music presents Guitar Chamber Music on Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30 pm. The recital will feature students in the guitar studio of Benjamin Verdery as they perform chamber works that feature the guitar in a variety of ensembles.

The program opens with Jean Françaix‘s Sonata for flute and guitar, followed by the Duo Concertant für Horn und Gitarre, Op. 5, No. 1 by the obscure nineteenth-century composer A. Corret. The program winds its way into eastern Europe for Atanas Ourkouzounov‘s Sonatina Bulgarica, and then to Chile for Javier FariasRecinto de la Piedra for four guitars.

After intermission, the concert will continue with Niccolò Paganini‘s Sonata Concertata for violin and guitar. This will be followed by the world premiere of Gulli Björnsson‘s Somewhat purty for guitar quartet and electronics.

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Published December 9, 2015
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Yale Opera alumni make Met debuts

Mireille Asselin

Mireille Asselin

Four alumni of the Yale Opera program are making their Metropolitan Opera debuts this season. On the season’s opening night on September 21, tenor Chad Shelton ’96 MM, ’97 AD made his Met debut as Rodrigo in Otello (Verdi).

On December 4, soprano Mireille Asselin sang the role of Adele on the opening night of Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss). The New York Times praised the “young Canadian coloratura soprano with a light, sweet voice and abundant charm,” and the New York Classical Review said she “stole the evening.” MORE

Published December 8, 2015
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