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CANCELED: Brass of Yale performs at Carnegie Hall Jan. 24

Yale Brass Trio

Yale Brass Trio

Update 1/23: We regret that, because of the severity of the blizzard, this concert has been canceled.

The Yale School of Music continues its acclaimed Yale in New York series on Sunday, January 24 with a program of music for brass. The concert will highlight the school’s acclaimed brass faculty as well as the contributions to the brass repertoire of past and present Yale composers. The program honors the late composers Ezra Laderman and Gunther Schuller, both of whom served on the Yale faculty.

The evening is anchored by the Yale Brass Trio, comprising William Purvis, horn; Allan Dean, trumpet; and Scott Hartman, trombone. They are joined by fellow faculty member Carol Jantsch, tuba, and numerous YSM students and alumni.

Ezra Laderman

Ezra Laderman

A former dean of the Yale School of Music, Ezra Laderman (1924–2015) joined the Yale faculty in 1988 and served as Professor of Music until his retirement in 2013. He also served as the president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. William Purvis, Allan Dean, and Scott Hartman will perform the New York premiere of his Brass Trio, written in 2005. MORE

Published January 5, 2016
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Gunther Schuller Dies at 89; taught at Yale in 1960s

schuller_guntherNew York Times | By Allan Kozinn

Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.

The cause was complications of leukemia, said his personal assistant, Jennique Horrigan.

Mr. Schuller, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral work “Of Reminiscences and Reflections” in 1994, was partial to the 12-tone methods of the Second Viennese School, but he was not inextricably bound to them. Always fascinated by jazz, he wrote arrangements as well as compositions for several jazz artists, most notably the Modern Jazz Quartet. Several of his scores — among them the Concertino (1958) for jazz quartet and orchestra, the “Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee” (1959) and an opera, “The Visitation” (1966) — used aspects of his Third Stream aesthetic, though usually with contemporary classical influences dominating. MORE

Published June 21, 2015
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Miró Quartet plays with Julie Landsman March 29

Quartets by Haydn and Brahms, plus Gunther Schuller’s Horn Quintet

“Explosive vigor and technical finesse.”
– New York Times

The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents the Miró String Quartet on Tuesday, March 29 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The quartet, which has earned praise for both its “understated wisdom” (New York Magazine) and its “full-blooded, freely rhapsodic approach” (Washington Post), will open its program with two string quartets: Joseph Haydn’s Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 2, nicknamed “The Joke,” and the Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 51, No. 1 of Johannes Brahms.

French hornist Julie Landsman, who is the principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will join the Miró Quartet for Gunther Schuller’s Quintet for horn and strings. The Quintet was written in 2009 and was premiered by Landsman and the Miró Quartet at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival that year.

Schuller taught composition at the Yale School of Music as well as many other institutions. He himself played horn, becoming principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony at the youthful age of seventeen and joining the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera two years later.

Tickets to this concert are $20 to $30, $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published March 1, 2011
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