Central Conservatory of Music President Yu Feng visits Yale

Left to right: LIU Hongzhu, director of CCoM’s office of international affairs; CCoM President YU Feng; YSM Dean Robert Blocker; YU Hongmei, professor of erhu and director of CCoM’s department of traditional Chinese music; and YU Feng’s son YU Ji, a postgraduate conducting student at CCoM

YU Feng, the president of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, paid a visit to Yale University this week as part of a trip to American schools with which his has institutional partnerships. The Yale School of Music has had a relationship with CCoM since the mid-1990s, when WANG Cizhao, whose daughter, composer Fay Wang, earned a master of music degree and an artist diploma from YSM in 2010 and 2012, respectively, was the conservatory’s president. YU, who leads CCoM’s conducting department, became the conservatory’s president in February 2016.

YU Feng was accompanied on his visit to Yale by his son, YU Ji, a postgraduate conducting student at CCoM; YU Hongmei, professor of erhu and director of CCoM’s department of traditional Chinese music; and LIU Hongzhu, the director of CCoM’s office of international affairs. MORE

Published June 23, 2017
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Invisible Anatomy, collective of YSM alumni, performs in Beijing

Invisible Anatomy

Invisible Anatomy

Invisible Anatomy, a composer/performer collective comprised of seven Yale School of Music alumni, will perform their original program Body Parts in Beijing this May and June.

The members of Invisible Anatomy are Fay Wang, voice; Brendon Randall-Myers, guitar; Paul Kerekes, piano/keyboards; Daniel Schlosberg, piano/keyboards; Ian Gottlieb, cello; Samuel Adams, double bass; and Benjamin Wallace, percussion.

The group describes Body Parts as “an exploration of the human body as the most fundamental aspect of performance.” The concert of seven compositions, written by the members of the group, “dismembers, transforms, and reanimates the performing body.”

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Published May 19, 2015
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Grunge Meets Classical: Gleb Kanasevich ’13 MM

New Haven Independent
By Lucy Gellman

Gleb Kanasevich is a man of many talents. The extraordinary clarinet player of the local group Cantata Profana, he is also the master organizer of an exciting and ambitious new CD, Refractions Vol. 2. A collaborative venture that fuses referential strains of electronic, industrial, grind, grunge and more, the CD offers a glimpse into the lives of several Yale-trained musicians after Yale, and a pursuit that has reunited them.

Refractions Vol. 1 was more concert-art oriented.” Kanasevich explained in a recent interview about the new CD. “I think this one … I don’t want to call it crossover, but maybe more referential. And more modern because of the surplus of information, of art, of different styles of music that we have right now. It’s really fun to have pieces that are referential to things we hear.” MORE

Published February 28, 2014
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New Haven Independent: “Rite” On Time

New Haven Independent
By Robert Heltzl

Spring brings with it birth, creation, change, and a sense of renewal. In Igor Stravinsky’s legendary work, “Rite of Spring,” all such sentiments are undoubtedly present, but his creation is accompanied with the sublime horror and forceful sense of composition that only a master artist can summon. When it debuted in Paris 100 years ago, the piece spawned a riot, to boot.

What a pleasure then that our city could behold RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, a powerful tribute in which eight modern composers rendered the original piece in new form, with conducting by the graceful virtuoso Paolo Bartolameolli, the same man who commissioned this updated wonder to begin with. MORE

Published November 19, 2013
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Zephyrus Project Orchestra’s RiteNow Set for this Sunday

Broadway World
Classical Music Desk

On Sunday November 17th at 8pm, conductor Paolo Bortolameolli will lead the 90-piece Zephyrus Project Orchestra in a performance of RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. This one-time-only performance will take place at Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street (corner of College & Grove), New Haven, CT. Admission is free. Complete info is here.

RiteNow will include works by composers Fay Kueen Wang, Justin Tierney, Matthew Welch, Benjamin Wallace, Daniel Schlosberg, Gleb Kanasevich, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Paul Kerekes. Production designer Solomon Weisbard will create an immersive environmental design, and costumes will be created by Ksenia Zhuleva. MORE

Published November 14, 2013
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NH Register: 8 composers’ take on Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ in Yale’s Woolsey Hall

New Haven Register

By Donna Doherty

NEW HAVEN >> One hundred years ago, the riot in the streets that greeted the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” ushered in a work now considered to be one of the most important pieces of 20th-century music.

It’s safe to say that there won’t be any rioting outside Woolsey Hall on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., when the 85-member Zephyrus Project Orchestra pays tribute to the work with its only performance of “RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring.’” Admission is free. MORE

Published November 12, 2013
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Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho featured in New Music New Haven concert April 12

“She is, quite simply, one of the most original compositional voices of our time.”
— Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring guest composer Kaija Saariaho on Thursday, April 12. Saariaho’s pieces Serenatas and Terrestre will be performed alongside new works by students in the School of Music’s prestigious composition program. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

Saariaho describes Serenatas – a collection of five small pieces for cello, piano, and percussion – as “sometimes sweet, sometimes tormented.” “The attitude of the musicians,” she says, should be as “devoted as it would be when playing a serenade to a lover…”

Terrestre is a reworking for solo flute with violin, cello, harp, and percussion) of the second movement of the two-movement flute concerto Aile du songe (Wing of Dream), which itself was inspired by a collection of poems called Oiseaux (Birds) by Saint-John Perse.

The concert will also feature music by graduate composers from the Yale School of Music: Jordan Kuspa’s Picaresque Episodes for trombone quartet; Stephen Feigenbaum’s Sonata for double bass and piano (with Matthew Rosenthal, bass, and Lee Dionne, piano); Daniel Schlosberg’s Once (with Shawn Moore, violin, and Colin Brookes, viola); Justin Tierney’s Escritura del Dios (with Dashon Burton, bass-baritone); and Fay Wang’s Monodrama of Old Heaven. MORE

Published March 26, 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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