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David Lang receives two David di Donatello Awards


David Lang

Faculty member and alumnus David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA was recently recognized at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, receiving accolades for Best Score and Best Original Song for his soundtrack to Paolo Sorrentino’s film, Youth.

Lang also received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in the category of Best Original Song for “Simple Song No. 3” from the movie. The song, which was written as part of the score to the film “Youth,” was nominated among several trendy, chart-topping titles, including One Kind of Love, from Love and Mercy; See You Again, fromFurious 7; and Writing’s on the Wall from Spectre. Lang wrote both the lyrics and the music to the song.

Youth stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, and is the story of a retired composer and conductor who, while on holiday with his best friend in the Swiss Alps, receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. The film has been described as exploring the eternal struggle of age and youth, the past and future, and life and death, as Caine and Keitel reflect on their lives.

Published April 30, 2016
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Yale Jazz Ensemble to resume Fall 2016

Thomas Duffy

The Yale School of Music and Professor Thomas C. Duffy are pleased to announce the re-inauguration of the Yale Jazz Ensemble. With the completion of the new Adams Center for Musical Arts, the group is to resume all activities and schedule of events in the Fall. The Ensemble’s activities will be enriched by concerts and masterclasses performed by artists from the Yale School of Music’s Ellington Jazz Series.

Auditions for the group will be announced by Prof. Duffy in the near future.




Published April 29, 2016
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Brian Vu named a winner in the 2016 Lotte Lenya competition

vu_brianBrian Vu ’14 MM, ’15 AD was awarded the top prize in the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. The win earned Vu a cash prize of $15,000, and was one of nine awards distributed for the competition which totaled $79,000.

Vu impressed the judges with a carefully thought-out program including “O Carlo, ascolta” from Don Carlo; “Bowler Hat” from Pacific Overtures; “West Wind” from One Touch of Venus; and “Where is the Life that Late I Led?” from Kiss Me Kate. The judges remarked that he displayed “…refreshing flair and vocal prowess.”

Earlier this year, Vu was named a Grand Finalist in this year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, one of the most prestigious vocal competitions in the country, and will appear as the Kurt Weill/Lotte Lenya Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival this summer.



Published April 29, 2016
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Seminole Trombone Quartet makes Carnegie Hall debut May 6

STQYSM alumni Stephen Ivany ’14 MM and Christopher Brown ’14 AD are set to make their Carnegie Hall debut with their ensemble Seminole Trombone Quartet on May 6 at 8 pm. The program, which takes place in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, features a world premiere by John Mackey alongside some of the best of the trombone quartet literature including works by Bach, Debussy, Koetsier, and more. The group will also be joined onstage by Ivany and Brown’s former teacher, YSM trombone professor Scott Hartman. STQ earned this prestigious performance opportunity by winning the recent “Noles in NYC” campaign.


Published April 29, 2016
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Alumnus Mingzhe Wang appointed to Michigan State University faculty


Mingzhe Wang

Clarinet alumnus Mingzhe Wang ’03 MM ’06 MMA ’12 DMA has been appointed Associate Professor of Clarinet in the College of Music at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Wang will join the faculty at MSU in August 2016.


About Mingzhe Wang

Clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, native of Wuhan, China, first studied clarinet at the age of 9. His first public performance was at the age of 10 and by age 11 he was admitted to the Wuhan Conservatory and subsequently the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1997, Mr. Wang came to the US to study at the Harid Conservatory of Music at Lynn University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2001. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he also obtained his Masters degree and Artist Diploma. MORE

Published April 28, 2016
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Lewis Spratlan wins Charles Ives Opera Prize for “Life is a Dream”


Lewis Spratlan | Photo by Gigi Kaeser

YSM alumnus Lewis Spratlan ’62 BA, ’65 MM was recently awarded the prestigious Charles Ives Opera Prize for his opera Life is a Dream. The award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters is one of the countries largest prizes for vocal composition. The win earned Spratlan a cash prize of $35,000, and awarded the work’s librettist, James Maraniss, a prize of $15,000.

Life is a Dream was composed in 1978 and is based on the 1635 play by Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca. The story follows Segismundo, a Polish prince who was banished as an infant by his father, King Basilio, as he returns to the kingdom of his birth only to be banished and imprisoned once again. Although a concert version of the opera’s second act won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, it was not fully staged until 2010, premiered by the Santa Fe Opera. Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times called the premiere “mystical, challenging, and viscerally dramatic,” and praised it as “an important opera, the rare philosophical work that holds the stage.” MORE

Published April 27, 2016
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‘Traveling the World’ in Music Haven/IRIS concert

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Yaira Matyakubova, ’06 AD (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Cei — Music Haven)

New Haven Registrar | By Joe Amarante

For families helped by Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, this city is aptly named. And with the Music Haven nonprofit also getting involved, it’s a place of new musical horizons.

The Whalley Avenue music education group, home to the Haven String Quartet, is presenting a series of workshops and concerts for IRIS families, including a concert by the quartet at 6 p.m. Friday night at Fair Haven School, 164 Grand Ave.

Students will also perform in the free concert, “Traveling the World with the Haven String Quartet,” open to newcomers and any other members of the public. There will be an instrument “petting zoo” for children to try out.

According to a Music Haven release, the first collaboration with IRIS was last month, when Senior Resident Violinist Yaira Matyakubova took a group of Music Haven students to the IRIS after-school program at Fair Haven School to play for a group of refugee children who are new to New Haven.

The idea for the project came from some of the youngest Music Haven students, during a discussion about refugees, the release said. The kids decided they wanted to share music with recent refugee children, since language isn’t a barrier in music. Matyakubova came here from Uzbekistan when she was 16, a memory that replays when she sees the children of IRIS.

Music Haven recently received a $5,000 Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant (a short-term initiative of the Mayor’s Community Arts Grant Program) to support the collaboration with IRIS.


Published April 26, 2016
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Peter Oundjian closes Philharmonia season with celestial program

Peter Oundjian

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with conductor Peter Oundjian on FridayApril 29 at 7:30 pm. Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in its season closer featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C major, “Jupiter”, and Holst’s The Planets

Symphony No. 41 in C major, Mozart’s final symphony, was written within the same six-week period as Symphonies 39 and 40. The work is of unusually large scale for the classical period and is full of exuberance and humor, qualities which likely earned the work its “Jupiter” nickname. It is widely considered one of Mozart’s most innovative works and has been called “the greatest orchestral work of the world which proceeded the French Revolution” by music scholar Sir George Grove.

Holst‘s famous symphonic suite The Planets has enjoyed enduring popularity since the time of its premiere. Holst dedicates each of the work’s seven movements to one of the planets and it’s corresponding astrological character: Mars, the Bringer of War; Venus, the Bringer of Peace; Mercury, the Winged Messenger; Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity; Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age; Uranus, the Magician; and Neptune, the Mystic.  

The concert takes place at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $10, $5 for students; there is a $3 surcharge when purchasing at the door (after 4pm in Woolsey Hall).


Published April 26, 2016
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Natalie Dietterich wins ASCAP Morton Gould Award

Natalie Dietterich

Natalie Dietterich

Natalie Dietterich ’16 MM, has been named one of the receipients of the 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In addition to being recognized as one of this year’s winners, Dietterich is also the recipient of the Leo Kaplan Award, which was instituted in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor.

Congratulating the Award recipients, Paul Williams said, “These gifted young composers ranging in age from 14 to 30 represent the bright future of American concert music. We congratulate them and extend our great appreciation to the dedicated panel of ASCAP members who selected the winners from over 700 submissions.” The composers will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards event in September. MORE

Published April 19, 2016
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Yale Opera brings Don Quixote to life May 6 & 7

Don-Quichotte-v2The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music presents an exciting new production of Jules Massenet’s Don Quichotte on May 6 and 7.

The production is directed by Linda Brovsky, who returns to Yale Opera for the second time. Timothy Shaindlin is the musical director.

The beloved character of Don Quixote attacks both windmills and high notes in this whimsical and touching opera about the power of the imagination and the quest for true love. With captivating melodies and a touch of Spanish flair, this short opera (clocking in at less than two hours) is a wonderful introduction to the genre for the tentative and the curious.

As conceived by stage directror Linda Brovsky, this production embraces the transformative power of reading and the imagination. With whimsical projections and oversized books on stage, this will be a haven for the literary.

Costume designer Rebecca Welles and lighting designer Doug Harry both return to Yale Opera’s creative team. Yana Biryukova, a Yale School of Drama student, is the projection designer

Both Friday and Saturday’s performances begin at 7:30 pm. The venue is Morse Recital hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).


Published April 18, 2016
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