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Hannah Lash offers three new works Feb. 9

Hannah Lash, composition facultyThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music a concert of music by prize-winning composer Hannah Lash on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 pm.

Performing Lash’s music will be The City of Tomorrow wind quintet as well as YSM students and alumni: Molly Netter, soprano; Jeff Stern, percussion; Samuel Suggs, bass; Jacob Ashworth, violin; and Lee Dionne, piano.

The program will feature the world premieres of three new works by Lash. The City of Tomorrow will present a wind quintet, Hero and Leander. The Sonata for Violin and Piano will be performed by Jacob Ashworth and Lee Dionne. Four Songs will feature the composer on harp along with Molly Netter, soprano; Samuel Suggs, double bass; and Jeff Stern, percussion. MORE

Published January 20, 2016
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Yale School of Music to be featured in 2016 NY Phil Biennial

Martin Bresnick, composer

The Yale School of Music and its New Music New Haven series will be highlighted in the 2016 NY Phil Biennial, a wide-ranging exploration of today’s music by an array of contemporary and modern composers. YSM’s performance will take place on May 25, 2016 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR, the performance will be streamed live via webcast on WQXR’s new-music channel, Q2 Music, and Q2 Music’s Helga Davis will host the performance.

The program represents the past, present, and future of the composition program of the Yale School of Music, established in 1894, whose composition faculty has included Paul Hindemith, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Jacob Druckman. The program opens with songs by Yale alumnus Charles Ives — “our historically most distinguished student,” according to Yale composition chair Martin Bresnick — and concludes with a song by “one of our very promising current students (and fellow New Englander)” Hilary Purrington. MORE

Published October 27, 2015
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Folk Music From Imaginary Culture Floods Woolsey Hall

Hannah Lash, composition facultyNew Haven Independent | Adam Matlock

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra kicked off their 2015–2016 season with a bold statement, indicating their commitment to replenishing not only the repertoire of orchestral music, but also the audience for it.

Last Thursday night saw Woolsey Hall filled with families as part of the “School Night at the Symphony” program the orchestra is running this season, and the initiative is admirable, allowing audiences to attend who would not ordinarily be able to. Thursday’s program featured three works by composers known for their connections to folk music. Three — Antonin Dvorak, Jean Sibelius, and Edvard Grieg — are comfortably part of the established canon. The fourth work was a piece commissioned from composer Hannah Lash, who is creating a folk music to match an otherworldly document nearly five centuries old: the baffling and highly intriguing Voynich Manuscript, housed in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. MORE

Published October 14, 2015
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Yale Composers Featured at SONiC Festival in New York City

SONiC FestThe American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival, focusing on composers ages 40 or younger, returns to New York City this month from Oct. 15–23. The second edition of the festival includes music by Yale faculty member Hannah Lash, current YSM composition students Michael Gilbertson and Molly Joyce, and YSM graduates Andy Akiho, Christopher Cerrone, Reena Esmail, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Missy Mazzoli, and Brendon Randall-Myers.

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Published October 13, 2015
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A Composer Opens Up Her Creative Process, Online

The New York Times | Phillip LutzHannah Lash, composition faculty

As a professor at the Yale School of Music and a working harpist, Hannah Lash enjoys plenty of interaction with students, colleagues and the public. But when it comes time to compose, she typically holes up in her New Haven home late at night and keeps to herself.

“The creative process needs to be protected,” she said, “on a level where you create a membrane around yourself when you’re writing that’s impenetrable.”

So it is all the more remarkable that as she writes her first symphony, Ms. Lash, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s new composer-in-residence, will be shining a light on the work in progress, inviting comment on social media and in live forums. MORE

Published September 30, 2015
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New Music New Haven features Martin Bresnick, Hannah Lash Oct. 8

Martin Bresnick, composer

Martin Bresnick, composer

The New Music New Haven series at the Yale School of Music presents its first concert of the 2015–2016 season on Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 pm.

The concert will feature pieces by YSM faculty members Martin Bresnick and Hannah Lash, as well as works by student composers.

Student works form the concert’s first half: Katherine Balch’s Maroon Creek, Brian Heim’s content repackage, and Tiange Zhou’s Study Laws of Motion. MORE

Published September 29, 2015
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New Music New Haven features David Lang, Hannah Lash Feb. 5

Hannah Lash, composition faculty

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The New Music New Haven series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring music by faculty composers David Lang and Hannah Lash on Thursday, Feburary 5 at 7:30 pm. WATCH LIVE

The concert also includes works by four graduate students in the School’s prestigious composition program: Krists Auznieks, Katherine Balch, Ian Gottlieb, and Liliya Ugay.

Featured guest performers include the ensemble Antico Moderno and contralto Hilary Summers. The Yale Voxtet will also perform. MORE

Published January 30, 2015
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Composer Hannah Lash Shifts The Harmonies Of Early Music

Hannah Lash, composition facultyHartford Courant
By Michael Hamad

Renaissance polyphony, readily available for decades on any number of high-quality recordings, has become a sort of go-to bliss-out music, for listeners who are drawn to gorgeous harmonies, sung a cappella and bathed in cathedrals of reverb, and who can’t quite bring themselves to purchase an Enya CD.

Those folks are on to something, and they’re amply rewarded by the music, even if few notice the rigorous counterpoint practiced by Josquin des Prez (late 1400s), Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (mid-late 1500s) or Carlo Gesualdo (late 16th century), the notorious Prince of Verona and alleged murderer with a futuristic harmonic palette.

Composer Hannah Lash thinks about counterpoint more than most; among her other classes, she teaches 16th-century counterpoint at Yale, where she’s an assistant professor, and her personal relationship to Josquin’s music goes back even further. More than a year ago, Lash was approached by Jeffrey Douma, director of the Yale Choral Artists, to compose a new piece for his ensemble. MORE

Published June 20, 2014
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Listen to Hannah Lash discuss ‘This Ease’

Hannah Lash, composition facultyOn Saturday, April 26, 2014 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, Yale School of Music faculty composer Hannah Lash will present the world premiere of her new piece, This Ease. She spoke with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen  about the upcoming performance in a new podcast.

Prize-winning composer Hannah Lash has emerged as a leading voice of her generation. Her orchestral music has been singled out by the American Composers Orchestra, which selected Furthermore for the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings, and by the Minnesota Orchestra, which selected her work God Music Bug Music for performance in January 2012 as part of the Minnesota Composers Institute. Her chamber opera Blood Rose was presented by NYC Opera’s VOX in the spring of 2011. MORE

Published April 19, 2014
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ASO composer-in-residence returns with harp in hand to perform with concertmaster, friends

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By Michael Huebner

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Alabama Symphony‘s Sound Investment composer in residence Hannah Lash returns Tuesday, Jan. 28, not only as a composer but as a harpist.

Lash’s “Folksongs” (2010) for flute, percussion and harp, is the centerpiece for “Contemporary Visions,” the next installment of ASO’s Concertmaster and Friends series. It starts at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall on the Samford University campus.

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Published January 22, 2014
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