YSM composers among American Academy of Arts & Letters awardees

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced recently the eighteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $190,000. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Faculty member and alumnus Christopher Theofanidis ’97DMA (pictured at left) will receive the Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond Award. This award of $10,000 is given to a promising mid-career composer.

Reena Esmail ’11MM will receive the Walter Hinrichsen Award for the publication of a work by a gifted composer. This award was established by the C. F. Peters Corporation, music publishers, in 1984.

Chris Rogerson ’12MM is among the six recipients of Charles Ives Scholarships of $7500, which are given to composition students of great promise.

About the Award Recipients

Christopher Theofanidis is on the faculty of Yale University and has taught at the Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard School. He writes for a variety of musical genres, from orchestral and chamber music to opera and ballet. His work, Rainbow Body, has been programmed by over 120 orchestras internationally. Mr. Theofanidis’ works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and he has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony. Mr. Theofanidis has written widely for the stage, from a work for the American Ballet Theatre, to multiple dramatic pieces, including The Refuge for the Houston Grand Opera and Heart of a Soldier for the San Francisco Opera. His large-scale piece, The Here and Now, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007. MORE

Published March 22, 2012
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New Music New Haven features music of Martin Bresnick, Ingram Marshall Nov. 3

The Yale School of Music features the music of two of its faculty composers in a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, November 3, 2011. Guest performers, including the Double Entendre music ensemble and violinist Todd Reynolds, will perform works by faculty composers Martin Bresnick and Ingram Marshall. The concert will also include music by students in the School’s prestigious composition program.

Ingram Marshall’s “September Canons” for violin and electronics will be performed by soloist Todd Reynolds. Marshall’s music has been described as having “a quality of timeless lament, of inconsolable sorrow.” This piece is a meditation on the events of September 11, 2001.

Martin Bresnick’s “Going Home (Vysoke, My Jerusalem)” will be performed by Double Entendre, an ensemble comprising Christa Robinson, oboe; Yuki Numata, violin; Erin Wight, viola; and Brian Snow, cello. Bresnick, a serious oboist for many years, began writing the piece as a musical homecoming and found himself incorporating memories of his family’s former home in the Russian-Polish town of Vysoke.

The program will also include “What Beckons,” a languid duet for soprano and clarinet by Jordan Kuspa; “C,” a short piece for piano and vibraphone by Hannah Lash; the solo piano work “’Til it was dark,” written by Chris Rogerson and commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc; and the colorfully titled “Awaken Flamingo” for the equally colorful ensemble of alto flute, trumpet, marimba, and electric guitar by Fay Wang. MORE

Published October 17, 2011
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