NYT: Yale Composers Showcase Their Works at New Music New Haven

Ani Kavafian, Lisa Morre, and David Shifrin | Photo by Chris Lee

Ani Kavafian, Lisa Moore, and David Shifrin | Photo by Chris Lee

The New York Times | By Vivien Schweitzer

It’s rarely a compliment to describe a composer as “academic”: the word is usually applied to those perceived as being sequestered on campus creating esoteric, dreary works. Conversely, being too “accessible” (i.e., not challenging enough) has also been deemed a negative. But there’s nothing pejoratively “academic” or “accessible” about any of the Yale faculty composers featured during a concert on Wednesday at WQXR’s Greene Space in SoHo.

David Lang, Hannah Lash, Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Bresnick represent an accessible aesthetic that draws on multiple stylistic influences. Some of their music has been championed by Bang on a Can, the lively genre-bending collective whose three founders, all Yale alumni, include Mr. Lang. The vocalist Helga Davis hosted Wednesday’s event, part of the NY Phil Biennial, and interviewed each composer and Alan Gilbert, the Philharmonic’s music director, onstage. MORE

Published May 26, 2016
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Frankl and colleagues present celebratory recital Feb 6

Peter Frankl, piano

Peter Frankl, piano

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert celebrating Peter Frankl‘s 80th birthday year on Saturday, February 6 at 4:00 pm.

Frankl, a pianist, will team up with fellow YSM faculty members Ani Kavafian, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; Frank Morelli, bassoon; William Purvis, horn; and Janna Baty, soprano. In various configurations, they will perform music from Schumann and Saint-Saëns to Dohnányi and Dutilleux.

The program opens with three duets: Camille Saint-Saëns‘ Five Songs for oboe d’amore and piano; Robert Schumann‘s Three Romances for bassoon and piano; and Henri Dutilleux‘s Choral, Cadence et Fugato for trombone and piano. MORE

Published January 12, 2016
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Yale horns and clarinets offer studio recitals Dec. 12 and 14

hornsThe Yale School of Music presents two recitals featuring the horn studio of William Purvis, on Saturday, December 12 at 4:30 pm, and the clarinet studio of David Shifrin on Monday, December 14 at 4:30 pm.

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The Yale horn studio offers a program entitled Siegfried and Friends, featuring Karl Stieger‘s Reingold Fantasy after Wagner, for eight horns, which includes Siegfried’s heroic horn call from Götterdämmerung. The studio will also present a variety of other chamber works for horn, including obscure nineteenth century composer A. Corret‘s Duo Concertant No. 1, für Horn und Gitarre; selections from Brahms‘ famous Trio for horn, violin, and piano; Paul Hindemith‘s Sonata for four horns; and the Chanson from Kerry Turner‘s Carmen Fantasy for eight horns. The program will also highlight two works for solo horn, Elliot Carter’s Retracing II, and Laszlo Rooth’s Quiet Monday, for horn and piano. MORE

Published December 11, 2015
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Yale in New York series announces 2015–2016 season, opening Oct. 25 with Nielsen and Sibelius

“The Yale School of Music has established a formidable presence with its Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall… mainly by presenting inventive programs of mostly new or unusual works.”
The New York Times

Yale in New York at Weill Recital Hall

Yale in New York at Weill Recital Hall

The Yale School of Music announces its return to Carnegie Hall with the 2015–16 season of Yale in New York. The series—now in its ninth year at Carnegie—has garnered a reputation for its creative and diverse programming, with frequent collaborations between Yale’s distinguished faculty and its exceptional network of current students and alumni.

The season consists of three chamber music concerts, all on Sundays at 7:30 pm at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. The first concert will take place on October 25, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the births of composers Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius. MORE

Published October 9, 2015
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Chamber Music Series presents Letters from Argentina March 31

Cho-Liang Lin | Photo by Paul Body

Cho-Liang Lin | Photo by Paul Body

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents a program called Letters from Argentina on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 pm.

The program takes its name from the featured piece, Lalo Schifrin‘s Letters from Argentina. Schifrin trained as both a classical and jazz musician and later became a Hollywood composer; this piece, he said, embodies “the musical memories enhanced by my imagination and converted into impressions of my homeland. Working on this project helped me to recreate an unreal past in which a memory persists and invites us to a journey full of promises and dreams.” MORE

Published March 10, 2015
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Clarinetist David Shifrin performs twentieth-century French music Dec. 15

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by YSM faculty member and clarinetist David Shifrin on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 pm. He will be joined by Yevgeny Yontov, piano, and others, in a program of twentieth-century French music.


The recital will open with Poulenc‘s Sontata for Clarinet and Piano, composed in 1962. One of Poulenc’s last works, the sonata is dedicated to Swiss composer Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of the composers collective Les Six.

The concert will continue with two popular movements from Debussy‘s Children’s Corner Suite, originally written for solo piano. This version was transcribed for clarinet and piano by David Schiff. The first half of the concert concludes with another Debussy piece, his Première Rhapsodie. After Debussy took a position on the Paris Conservatorie’s Board of Directors, he wrote this piece as an examination for the school’s clarinet students. MORE

Published December 9, 2014
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Students of David Shifrin perform clarinet studio recital Dec 8

clarinet2Students of David Shifrin will perform a studio recital on Monday, December 6th. The concert will take place at 5 pm in Sudler Recital Hall, located in William L Harkness Hall (adjacent to Sprague Hall).

The recital opens with Poulenc’s three-movement Clarinet Sonata and continues with Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 73. After intermission is Edison Denisov’s Sonata for Solo Clarinet, written in 1972, followed by Rossini’s Introduction, Theme, and Variations.

The concert concludes with Mendelssohn’s Konzertstücke No. 2, Op. 114, written when the composer was 24 years old.


Published December 5, 2014
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Career Strategies event Sep. 22 features conversation with David Shifrin

David ShifrinThe Office of Career Strategies will kick off the new school year with an animated conversation featuring world-famous clarinetist and YSM professor David Shifrin. The event takes place Monday, September 22, 2014 from 4:30–6 pm in Sprague Hall.

Astrid Baumgardner, Coordinator of Career Strategies, will moderate the conversation, which will also include three YSM students: Christina Hughes, flute; Kevin Schaffter, clarinet; and Sam Suggs, double bass. MORE

Published September 5, 2014
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New Yorker spotlights The Soldier’s Tale

Stravinsky’s compact masterpiece, composed in isolated Switzerland during the First World War, is as vital to the canon as ever, but it is rarely performed in the full staged version that he and the librettist, C. F. Ramuz, envisioned. Now the piece is being mounted by the Yale Schools of Music and Drama, with an honored alumnus, Michael Cerveris, leading the cast of student actors, and with the clarinettist David Shifrin leading the music; the new English translation is by Liz Diamond, who directs. (Zankel Hall. 212-247-7800. April 6 at 7:30.)


Published April 1, 2014
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Yale School of Music, School of Drama present a fresh take on Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale”


The Yale in New York concert series, under the artistic direction of David Shifrin, presents a new collaboration between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama: a fully-staged original production and new translation of Igor Stravinsky’s darkly comic The Soldier’s Tale. Performances will take place Tuesday, April 1 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall on the Yale campus (details), and Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

This production marks one of the largest collaborations between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama. It brings together School of Music faculty and student musicians with the School of Drama faculty, student, and alumni designers, actors, and technicians.

Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) was written in response to the events of World War I, and premiered in 1918. Marking one hundred years since the outbreak of the war, the Schools of Music and Drama bring a fresh perspective to the work with a lively new translation by Liz Diamond, OBIE Award winning Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Directing Department at Yale School of Drama. Diamond will also stage the production. MORE

Published February 26, 2014
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