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Angélique Kidjo to perform benefit concert at Yale Dec. 6

KidjoThe Yale School of Music, in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, will present Afro-pop star ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO in a special benefit concert on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, hailed by National Public Radio as “Africa’s greatest living diva,” will perform with ensembles including Shades, the Yale Percussion Group, and members of the Yale Concert Band.

Ms. Kidjo, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002, is a passionate advocate for girls’ education and humanitarian causes. “Being Africa’s premier diva is not a crown that Kidjo wears lightly,” notes Time Magazine. “As an African, she says, she comes from a place with problems. But as a musician, she argues, she can solve them.”

Proceeds from this collaborative concert will benefit the Yale Africa Initiative Student Scholarships. The concert takes place at 3:00 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).  MORE

Published October 22, 2014
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Tokyo String Quartet and guests give a benefit concert for Japan April 11

The Yale School of Music presents the distinguished Tokyo String Quartet and guest artists in a special benefit concert for Japan earthquake relief on Monday, April 11 at 8 pm in Battell Chapel (corner of College and Elm Streets, New Haven). The Tokyo Quartet, currently celebrating its fortieth season as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976. The Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”

The Tokyo Quartet will open the concert with a movement from Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K. 421, and will also play the second movement of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, Op. 11, better known as Barber’s Adagio for strings. Also performing on the program will be colleagues from the Yale School of Music faculty: violinists Syoko Aki, Ani Kavafian, and Wendy Sharp; violist Ettore Causa, cellist Ole Akahoshi, and pianist Elizabeth Parisot.

As part of its ongoing residence at the Yale School of Music, the Tokyo Quartet mentors young chamber ensembles. The Linden String Quartet, the current graduate quartet-in-residence and the winner of numerous competitions, will perform a movement from Schumann’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, no. 1, and will join the Tokyo Quartet in excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20. Please check back for updates in the concert program.

Said Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music: “This concert – presented at the request of the Tokyo String Quartet – is a musical tribute to our longstanding friendship, an offering of hope and solace to families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured, and an opportunity for our community to acknowledge and experience the sanctity of art as a life force.”

As the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan continue to unfold, outside support continues to play a crucial role in supporting affected people. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Red Cross, whose extensive efforts are providing relief for survivors across Japan. Read more about its response here. The concert is part of the ongoing response of the Yale community to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. To find out about other activities planned as part of this effort, go to relief.yale.edu.

The suggested donation for tickets is $20, $10 for students; all amounts are accepted. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu, call 203 432-4158, or visit the Yale School of Music concert office in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven.

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Published March 30, 2011
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Bach Collegium Japan performance March 26 to benefit earthquake relief in Japan

Yale Institute of Sacred Music presents Bach Collegium Japan and music director Masaaki Suzuki in Bach’s Mass in B minor

Masaaki Suzuki (photo by Marco Borggreve)

The renowned Bach Collegium Japan, conducted by its founder Masaaki Suzuki, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street at Grove Street, New Haven) on Saturday, March 26 at 8pm. The Yale Institute of Sacred Music presents this concert to benefit Yale’s relief efforts for the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations received at the performance will be forwarded by Yale to the Red Cross for its relief work in Japan.

Bach Collegium Japan was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki with the aim of introducing Japanese audiences to period instrument performances of great works from the baroque period. Since 1995 it has acquired a formidable reputation as one of the world’s most exceptional ensembles of its kind, particularly through its acclaimed recordings of Bach’s church cantatas for the BIS label.

Music director Masaaki Suzuki is a member of the faculty of the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He and the Bach Collegium Japan are touring North America this month performing Bach’s Mass in B minor.

The March 26 benefit performance will feature Hana Blazikova and Rachel Nicholls, sopranos; Clint van der Linde, countertenor; Gerd Türk, tenor; and Peter Kooij, bass. Bach scholar Markus Rathey, an associate professor of music history at Yale, will give a pre-concert talk at 7 pm in the Presidents Room in Woolsey Hall.

Tickets to this benefit performance are $15, $8 students. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. For information about Yale’s relief efforts, please visit relief.yale.edu.

Published March 22, 2011
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Yale Jazz Ensemble performs benefit concert at the John C. Daniels School on April 4

Featuring the Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas C. Duffy

In the twilight of the evening, John C. Daniels School will hold a benefit concert, Jazz Under The Stars, on Monday, April 4, at 7 pm. The hour-long concert, featuring the Yale Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Thomas C. Duffy, will take place in the courtyard at John C. Daniels School (JCD).  Audience members are welcome to bring blankets or cushions.

All proceeds from this benefit concert will go to purchase new, high-quality instruments for JCD band students.  These instruments will provide the opportunity for more advanced playing, and they will go with the students as they matriculate at high school and beyond.

The Yale Jazz Ensemble, a seventeen-piece big band, will perform a wide variety of music, from the music of standard swing bands to progressive jazz compositions. The concert will also include a special performance of Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek,” arranged by Garth Neustadter, featuring vocalist Stasha Rosen.

Thomas C. Duffy is the Director of Bands at Yale University and a professor at the Yale School of Music.  Dr. Duffy will lead the YJE and will invite selected John C. Daniels students to perform with this prestigious ensemble. According to Duffy, “We are proud to support the mission of John C. Daniels School.  It is our hope to contribute to the musical education to these aspiring student musicians.  Plus, it is a wonderful way to contribute back to our community.”

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Published March 22, 2011
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Help Can’t Wait: Pakistan Relief Benefit Concert this Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7pm

Performers include South Asian musicians, dancers, and singers, plus Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Concert Band, Yale Glee Club

Devastating floods in Pakistan have left millions of people hurt or homeless. In response to the crisis, the Yale community will present “Help Can’t Wait: Pakistan,” a benefit concert for flood relief, on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 pm.

The concert will be held in Woolsey Hall, corner of College and Grove streets. The program will include performances by the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Concert Band and Yale Glee Club, and student and professional South Asian musicians, dancers, and singers.

The suggested donation for concert tickets is $20/$10 students. All contributions will go to the Pakistan Flood Relief effort — specifically Karachi Relief, UNICEF and the International Federation of the Red Cross. These organizations already have a presence in Pakistan and have begun the work of delivering humanitarian aid, services, and supplies.

Tickets can be purchased at the Yale School of Music box office at Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St. Monday through Friday, between  9 am and 5 pm. Tickets also are available at music.yale.edu/concerts. In addition, tickets will be sold in the lobby of Woolsey Hall beginning at 6 p.m. on the evening of the event. MORE

Published September 22, 2010
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Yale Jazz Ensemble performs at “Jazz Under the Stars” benefit concert on April 12

The John C. Daniels School band

In the twilight of the evening, John C. Daniels School will hold a benefit concert called “Jazz Under The Stars,” sponsored by Local 35, the union representing servicing and maintenance work at Yale. The concert, held on Monday, April 12, from 7:00–8:30 pm, will feature the Yale Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Thomas C. Duffy. The event will take place at John C. Daniels School’s courtyard, and listeners are welcome to bring blankets or cushions.

All proceeds from this benefit will help purchase high-quality new instruments for JCD band students. The new instruments will allow students to advance their level of performance, and students will be able to bring them to high school and beyond.

The Yale Jazz Ensemble, a seventeen-piece big band, will treat guests to a special performance of a wide variety of music, from swing standards to progressive jazz. The Ensemble has performed both in the United States and internationally at such noted venues as New York’s Village Vanguard and Iridium Jazz Club and London’s Ronnie Scott’s. The YJE has played with or opened for the Mingus Big Band, the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Owens, and Branford Marsalis.

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Published March 31, 2010
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Help Can’t Wait: Yale offers benefit concert for Haiti on Monday, Jan. 18

help-cant-waitMusicians in the Yale community will present Help Can’t Wait, a benefit concert for Haiti on Monday, January 18 at 7:30 pm in Woolsey Hall. Performers include the Yale Bands, Yale Glee Club, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Gospel Choir, Shades, Whim ‘N Rhythm, the Whiffenpoofs, Schola Cantorum, WORD, and others. Contributions will go toward the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, and other relief groups responding to the devastation in Haiti.

Suggested donations are $20, $10 for students. Advance tickets can be purchased HERE on the Yale School of Music website. 100% of ticket revenue will be given to relief organizations.

Performers who want to volunteer for the “Help Can’t Wait Haiti” benefit concert should contact Thomas C. Duffy, Director of University Bands. For more information on Yale students’ relief campaign or to volunteer for future efforts, call 203.432.4113 or e-mail helpcantwaithaiti@gmail.com.

Visit http://opa.yale.edu/haiti/ to donate funds and learn more about Yale’s initiatives.

Published January 15, 2010
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