David Shifrin on Leonard Lopate Show

leonard_lopateDavid Shifrin, professor of clarinet, was a guest on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show yesterday to discuss the Yale School of Music’s celebration of Benny Goodman. This May, Goodman would have turned 100, and the School of Music is celebrating with a series of events in both New Haven and New York. Shifrin is the artistic director of both the Chamber Music Society at Yale and the Yale in New York series. This Saturday, September 26, Yale in New York presents The Classical Legacy of Benny Goodman, a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring music commissioned or premiered by the legendary clarinetist. Goodman made his name in jazz, but his classical work led to such commissions as Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Bartok’s Contrasts. Shifrin will perform the clarinet solo in the Copland Concerto this Saturday.

Listen to the show HERE on WNYC’s website.

Published September 24, 2009
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Bigger Than Life: Big Band Music of Benny Goodman

Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th birthday concludes with a concert by the Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas C. Duffy and featuring clarinetist Vincent Oneppo

Yale Jazz Ensemble - SaxesYale’s Celebrating the King of Swing: A Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th Birthday will conclude with a big band concert on Tue, Sep. 29 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall, featuring arrangements that made Goodman one of the most popular musicians of all time.

Thomas C. Duffy will direct the Yale Jazz Ensemble and clarinetist Vincent Oneppo in an exciting program called Bigger Than Life: The Big Band Music of Benny Goodman. The authentic arrangements – including many of Goodman’s signatures, like “Let’s Dance,” “Don’t Be That Way,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing” – were selected from the Benny Goodman Archives in the Gilmore Music Library at Yale. They include music by the great Fletcher Henderson and other legendary composers associated with New Haven and Yale, including Mel Powell and Cole Porter. MORE

Published September 2, 2009
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Celebrating the King of Swing: A Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th Birthday

Goodman relaxes in a rehearsal in Yale's Woolsey Hall in 1985.

Goodman relaxes in a rehearsal in Yale’s Woolsey Hall in 1985.

The Yale School of Music presents Celebrating the King of Swing: A Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th Birthday. This series of concerts and other events explores Goodman’s enduring contributions to music, both classical and jazz.

On Tuesday, September 22 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall, YSM presents The Classical Legacy of Benny Goodman, a concert of music commissioned and/or premiered by the legendary clarinetist. While many people are aware that Benny Goodman made forays into classical music, they may not realize that he was in fact a major player.  Goodman is known predominantly as a jazz musician and bandleader who helped usher in the Swing Era of the 1930s and ’40s, but he was deeply involved in commissioning, performing, and recording a sizeable body of classical works—many of which have become standards of the repertoire—by some of the 20th century’s greatest composers. The program will feature several of these works, including Bartók’s Contrasts, Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata, Alan Shulman’s Rendezvous, Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig and Recovery Music, and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. The program will be repeated at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall on Saturday, Sep. 26 as part of the Yale in New York series. MORE

Published August 28, 2009
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