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Pianist Jessica Osborne highlights female composers Oct. 29

21042712_12Pianist Jessica Osborne will perform her final Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 pm. The program will feature music by female composers from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

Osborne will open with selections from the Four Sketches, Op. 19, by Agatha Backer Grøndahl, a 19th-century Norwegian composer, followed by Clara Schumann’s Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in G minor, Op. 16. Grøndahl and Schumann were both prominent pianists, Schumann being one of the most distinguished of the romantic era.

Next, Osborne will perform Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Four Songs for Piano, Op. 8. As a child, Fanny Mendelssohn’s musical abilities were compared equally to those of her more famous brother, Felix, and some of her early works were originally published under his name. MORE

Published October 29, 2015
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Guitarist Simon Powis Gives Recital Oct.10

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The Yale School of Music presents the guitarist Simon Powis in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8 pm. Powis has garnered attention as a talented soloist, chamber musician, and innovator. Growing up in Sydney, Australia, Powis began his studies as the age of five on the cornet. He took up the guitar at age eleven, beging an enduring pursuit that would lead to performances throughout Europe, Australia, and the Americas. MORE

Published September 18, 2013
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Pianist Ryo Yanagitani opens 2013 with Jan. 10 concert

Doctor of Musical Arts recital includes music of Handel, Debussy, Chopin, and more

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring pianist Ryo Yanagitani on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

The gold medal medal winner of the prestigious San Antonio International Piano Competition in 2009, Yanagitani will play a program featuring music from the Baroque to today. The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

Yanagitani will open the program with Handel‘s Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428, followed by Debussy‘s suite Pour le Piano. The first half closes with the evocative Butterflies and Bobcats by the contemporary Canadian composer David L. McIntyre.

The recital concludes with Chopin‘s popular and virtuosic Ballades, a set of four pieces that earned Yanagitani a special prize in the San Antonio Competition.

The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) is the highest degree awarded by the School of Music. MORE

Published December 21, 2012
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May 10th concert features Matthew Barnson’s three violin sonatas

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring the music of Matthew Barnson on Thursday, May 10, 2012. This performance was rescheduled from January 26th. The program will feature Barnson’s three sonatas for violin and piano, as well as a work for solo piano.

The concert opens with Shattered Lines/Points of Horizon, composed in 2009. Barnson writes: “I began Shattered Lines/Points of Horizon as an abstract fantasy on French Baroque ornamentation, but the work evolved into what a listener might hear as a series of six or seven large-scale, highly elaborated ornaments.”

This piece will be performed by Taka Kigawa, whom the New York Times called a “formidable pianist [with] the technique and imagination to clarify the structure and musical syntax of difficult works.” MORE

Published April 24, 2012
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January 26th concert features Matthew Barnson’s three violin sonatas

“His work is fresh and arises from a distinct personality.”
– San Francisco Classical Voice

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring the music of Matthew Barnson on Thursday, January 26, 2012. The concert, which is Barnson’s Doctor of Musical Arts recital, will feature his three sonatas for violin and piano, performed by violinist Ari Streisfeld and pianist Jessica Osborne.

Streisfield is one of the violinists in the JACK Quartet, considered one of today’s “young, brilliant” groups by the New Yorker. Osborne, a graduate of the Yale School of Music, was praised by the Washington Post as a pianist “with a refreshing mellowness and poetic touch” after her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra.

The San Francisco Classical Voice calls Barnson’s work “fresh” and notes that it “arises from a distinct personality.” Barnson’s first violin sonata, written in 2008, takes inspiration from the composers Berio and Britten. Listen to a recording of the sonata on Barnson’s website.

“Fixity and motion were my two principal concerns in composing my second violin sonata,” writes Barnson of his two-movement piece from 2009. “If my piece were a city, it would have three subway lines that intersect in various places that allow the music to transfer and travel smoothly in various directions.” MORE

Published January 12, 2012
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