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Ulysses Quartet takes grand prize at Fischoff Competition

Ulysses Fischoff

Ulysses String Quartet

The Ulysses String Quartet has been named the Grand Prize-winner of this year’s Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The group is home to YSM alumnus Colin Brookes ’13 MM, ’14 AD, as well as 2010 Norfolk alumna Grace Ho.

As grand prize-winners as well as gold medalists in the Senior String Division, the group will take part in a Winner’s Tour of the Midwestern United States this fall; they also took home a total of $11,000 in cash prizes. MORE

Published May 22, 2016
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Vista offers a “fresh look at chamber music” Dec. 3

Morse-stage-spragueThe Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Tuesday, December 3 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The Vista series features student performances enhanced by commentary on the music.

This semester’s Vista concert features pieces by DebussyBlissHornoff, and Mozart for a variety of instrumentation, from strings to brass and mixed ensembles.

The performance will begin with Debussy’s String Quartet, performed by Avi Nagin, violin; Yena Lee, violin; Yuan Qi, viola; and Allan Hon, cello. The piece melds influences from the composer César Franck as well as from Javanese gamelan music. Pierre Boulez said that Debussy freed chamber music from its “rigid structure, frozen rhetoric, and rigid aesthetics.”

Published November 19, 2013
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Symphony Space to Present An Evening With Penderecki, 10/25

Classical Music News Desk
Broadway World

Krzysztof_Penderecki_webOn Friday, October 25 (7:30 pm), Krzysztof Penderecki, “Poland’s greatest living composer” (The Guardian) graces the stage of Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia for a live event hosted byHelga Davis, contributing host on Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station devoted to contemporary classical music. […] The event will be streamed live on Q2 Music at www.wqxr.org/q2music.

Symphony Space’s In the Salon series enriches musical performances by top-notch artists with informative talks and artist chats. The program consists of Penderecki’s String Quartet No. 3, performed by the Penderecki String Quartet from Canada; Sextette, played by Ensemble Pi; Cadenza, played by violist Matthew Lipman; and Capriccio, performed by cellist Jay Campbell; and Quartet for clarinet and strings, with musicians from the Yale School of Music, where Penderecki taught during the 1970s. The Yale musicians are: Nathan Lesser, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; Alan Ohkubo, cello; and Eric Anderson, clarinet. In between pieces, the composer will chat with Davis about his musical journey and current work. The result is a rare in-depth encounter with one of Europe’s most influential and honored composers.

Says Penderecki, “I have spent decades searching for and discovering new sounds. At the same time, I have closely studied the forms, styles and harmonies of past eras. I have continued to adhere to both principles…my current creative output is a synthesis.”


Published October 13, 2013
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YSM students participate in YSD’s Sunday in the Park with George

“Anything you do, let it come from you, then it will be new. Give us more to see.”

Students from the Yale School of Drama, Yale School of Music, and Yale College join forces in the School of Drama’s production of Sunday in the Park with George. Dan Schlosberg ’13MM has orchestrated the score and served as music director, and several additional School of Music students are performing in the orchestra.

Sunday in the Park with George features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. This production is directed by Ethan Heard. Performances take place December 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 20 at 8 pm at the University Theatre (222 York Street, New Haven). Tickets are available here.

School of Music students and alumni playing in the orchestra are flutists Anouvong Liensavanh and Ginevra Petrucci; clarinetists Ashley Smith and Gleb Kanasevich; violinist Victor Fournelle-Blain; violist Colin Brookes; and percussionist Jonathan Allen.

In 1884, George Seurat painted a masterpiece by holding fast to his personal vision and disregarding everything (and everybody) else. Celebrated as a genius today, he died alone, without having ever sold a single canvas. A century later, another artist named George is adrift, despite great success. Accomplished and desired, he’s lost touch with his inspiration—why, he wonders, does he make art at all? In today’s culture of success and celebrity, Sondheim and Lapine’s landmark musical poses a fundamental question about the “art of making art”: how can an artist both stay true to himself and share his vision with the world?

Students from the Yale School of Drama, Yale School of Music, and Yale College join forces to bring this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical to life. With lush, new orchestrations performed by a nine-piece orchestra, this production embodies the agony and ecstasy of making art.

Published December 10, 2012
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