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Boston Globe: Antico Moderno focuses on fresh sounds for period instruments

antico-moderno-webBoston Globe | By David Weininger
May 15, 2015

Jacques Wood’s eureka moment came when he was a graduate student at Yale. Having completed the academic portion of his doctoral studies in cello performance, Wood in 2010 began an immersion in early music practice with Robert Mealy, one of the country’s prominent historical-string players. For many musicians trained on modern instruments, the first serious encounter with instruments of the past can be such a bombshell that they end up pursuing early music with a convert’s zeal.

For Wood, the experience brought a different insight no less revelatory. “My initial reaction was that playing early music for the first time felt a lot like playing new music for the first time,” he said in a recent conversation at a Harvard Square cafe. “It’s the same feeling, where there’s no tradition attached to it. You’re looking at it for the first time.” MORE

Published May 15, 2015
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YSM musicians win grants from American Academy of Arts and Letters

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On March 5, 2014 the American Academy of Arts and Letters announces the sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music which total $175,000. Yale School of Music students Bálint Karosi ’14 MMA and Daniel Schlosberg ’10 BA, ’13 MM, ’14 MMA both received Charles Ives Scholarships of $7500. The award is given to “composition students of great promise.”

The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 to “foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts.” Each year, the Academy gives over 50 composers, artists, architects, and writers grants that range from $5000 to $100,000. Candidates for the music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy, and then decided upon by a committee.

This year, the committee of Academy members determining the music awards was chaired by Joan Tower. The awards will be presented at an official ceremony in May. MORE

Published March 14, 2014
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New Music New Haven features music by Martin Bresnick and David Lang Feb. 6

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The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8 pm. The concert pairs music by faculty composers Martin Bresnick and David Lang with new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.

The concert opens with Michael Laurello performing his own piece Rose for harpsichord and synthesizer. William Gardiner‘s Songs from Dictée will be performed by members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble and others. Bálint Karosi’s The Final Wait, a funeral cantata for solo alto and strings, will follow; the piece’s text is by Audrey Fernandez-Fraser from the Yale Divinity School.

The second half of the concert opens with James Rubino‘s Progenie, also performed by members of the YBE.
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Published February 5, 2014
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Yale Philharmonia plays New Music for Orchestra Dec. 12

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by conductor Shinik Hahm on Thursday, December 12, 2013. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The concert features music by four composers currently studying at the Yale School of Music. On the program are Bálint Karosi’s Dancescapes: three dances for orchestra, James Rubino’s Shall Efface, Benjamin Wallace’s Five Gifts for an Old Friend, and Brendon Randall-Myers’s Indefatigable Optimism.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required.  MORE

Published November 22, 2013
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New Music New Haven presents music by Aaron Jay Kernis, Hannah Lash Oct. 3

lashThe Yale School of Music presents the first New Music New Haven concert of the season on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The featured faculty composers are Aaron Jay Kernis and Hannah Lash, whose music will be featured alongside new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.

The program opens with Benjamin Wallace‘s Birthday Suite, a collection of seven short works for mixed ensemble written for friends on their respective birthdays. Brendon Randall-MyersFor Ronny is written in memory of the composer’s grandfather for the ensemble of piano, electric guitar, violin, viola, and cello. MORE

Published September 16, 2013
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New Music New Haven features faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis in Apr. 30 concert

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The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The concert features faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis and his 2011 piece da L’Arte della Danssar, written for the unusual combination of soprano, flute, viola, harp, and percussion.

The concert also features new music by graduate composers in the School of Music’s prestigious composition program: Stephen Feigenbaum,  William Gardiner,  Michael Holloway,  Bálint Karosi, and  Brendon Randall-Myers.

Kernis’s piece, translated in English as From the Art of Dance, is inspired by the music and dance of Renaissance Italy. Kernis said, “Over the course of my composing life I’ve been repeatedly drawn to dance, and my works are full of references to it. This most recent group of works draws upon my fascination with mid–15th-century texts and music of that time (and slightly later), which I very happily channeled.” MORE

Published April 12, 2013
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Reflections on Bach brings together old and new in Feb. 27 concert

UPDATE: This concert was originally scheduled for February 13. It will take place Wednesday, February 27.

Graduate composers collaborate with Yale Baroque Ensemble

The Yale School of Music presents “Reflections on Bach,” a collaboration between the Yale Baroque Ensemble and graduate composers on Wednesday, February 27 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert will include new compositions as well as music by J.S. Bach.

Six up-and-coming composers – Daniel Schlosberg, Paul Kerekes, Benjamin Wallace, Balint Karosi, Stephen Feigenbaum, and William Gardiner – have each chosen a Bach piece as a model to reflect upon in music. The concert will pair the chosen Bach work with the new composition that it inspired.

The composers are all graduate students in YSM’s composition program, directed by faculty composer Martin Bresnick. The members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble are Edson Scheid and Holly Piccoli, baroque violin; Soo Jin Chung, baroque cello; and David Fung, keyboards.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by baroque violinist Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble at the Yale School of Music dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Using the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments’ set of new baroque instruments, members of the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785 to create idiomatic and virtuosic performances of this music.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble plays on the YCMI’s collection of new baroque string instruments made by Jason Viseltear of New York City, after del Gesù, Amati, and Testore. Bows are also from the YCMI collection, made by David Hawthorne and Christopher English after seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century originals.

Admission to the performance is free. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published February 4, 2013
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