Yale Choral Artists to perform at International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Yale Choral Artists

The Yale Choral Artists, led by founding Director Jeffrey Douma, will perform music by Yale composers on Friday as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The program will feature works by Yale School of Music faculty composers Aaron Jay Kernis ’83MM and Christopher Theofanidis ’94MMA ’97DMA, former faculty composer Ingram Marshall, and alumni composers Caroline Shaw ’07MM and Michael Gilbertson ’13MM ’21DMA.

“Much of the Choral Artists’ work is devoted to new music, and after our last project featuring the music of Heinrich Schütz and Herbert Howells, we wanted to delve again into some newer works,” Douma said. “It’s an understatement to say that we have an abundance of riches here at the Yale School of Music—some of the most exciting composers in the world have studied, taught, and made music here in our own community, and many have made important and innovative contributions to the choral repertoire. The works we (will) perform on Friday are … beautiful and highly evocative: the cascade of voices in Ingram Marshall’s Hymnodic Delays, Aaron Kernis’ virtuosic Ecstatic Meditations, Caroline Shaw’s intimate and heartfelt and the swallow, Michael Gilbertson’s elegant and beautifully crafted Three Madrigals After Dowland, and Chris Theofanidis’ brilliant setting of the (musically inspired) poetry of Denise Levertov for violin and a cappella choir.”

Douma, who also serves as Professor of Choral Conducting at the School of Music and Director of the Yale Glee Club, founded the Yale Choral Artists, a project-based professional ensemble, in 2011 to “enhance and enrich Yale’s strong commitment to the choral arts.” Members of the Choral Artists perform in the United States and around the world with such organizations as Chanticleer, Conspirare, the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, Seraphic Fire, the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Voices of Ascension, and others.

The Yale Choral Artists will perform on Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m., in Morse Recital Hall.


Published June 20, 2019
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New Music New Haven concert Mar. 6 features Theofanidis, Laderman, Marshall

Ezra Laderman

Ezra Laderman

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8 pm. The concert features music by three faculty composers — Ezra Laderman, Ingram Marshall, and Christopher Theofanidis — alongside new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.

Pianist Sean Chen ’14AD, the Crystal Medal winner in the 2013 Cliburn Competition, will play Birichino, commissioned for the Cliburn from YSM faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis.

Two other featured performers are YSM faculty: Benjamin Verdery will play Ingram Marshall’s Soe-Pa for amplified classical guitar with digital delays and electronics. Ezra Ladermans’s June 29th for solo flute, performed by Ransom Wilson, will close the concert. MORE

Published February 27, 2014
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Performance, Minimal Music and the Vogel Collection Nov. 17

On Sunday, November 17, the Yale University Art Gallery presents a concert by Yale School of Music performers. The concert is presented in conjunction with the student-curated exhibition “Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery.”

The new percussion ensemble arx duo will perform music by Steve Reich. The duo’s members are Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney, both students of Robert van Sice at the Yale School of Music.

Oboist Libby Van Cleve (director of the Oral History of American Music project at Yale) will play music of YSM faculty composer Ingram Marshall. The program also includes composer and bassist Jack Vees, director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology at YSM, performing his own music.



Published November 11, 2013
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Violinist Wendy Sharp performs recital with pianist Joel Wizansky Oct. 20


The Yale School of Music presents a recital by violinist Wendy Sharp with pianist Joel Wizansky on Sunday, October 20th at 4 pm. The event is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in concerts that are free and open to the public. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp, the winner of numerous competitions, is the coordinator of chamber music at YSM. Joel Wizansky has been praised by the Washington Post for his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” MORE

Published September 25, 2013
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New Music New Haven presents new music by five Yale faculty composers Mar. 28

Featuring the works of Lang, Bresnick, Vees, Marshall and Lash

Martin Bresnick

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The concert features new music by five faculty composers: Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Ingram Marshall, and Jack Vees.

David Lang‘s “Orpheus Over and Under,” for two pianos, is an exploration of Minimalism informed by Lang’s rock, modernist, and conceptualist influences. Dedicated to Lang’s mother, the poignant piece is about the experience of loss.

Pianist Lisa Moore will peform Martin Bresnick‘s “Ishi’s Song,” written in 2012. The piece is based on “The Maidu Doctor’s Song,” a Native American melody transcribed from a recording of a man named Ishi. Ishi was the last surviving Yahi Indian of northern California, a group that perished in the late nineteenth century.

With his Piano Trio (“Hulk Smash!”), written for three pianists on two pianos, Jack Vees offers a musical exploration of irony. The piece begins with “smashing” chords but proceeds to construct both rhythmic drive and melodic themes from the raw materials of chaos.

Ingram Marshall’s “Baghdad Blues,” for oboe and electronics, was inspired by Indonesian musical scales. The piece, which will be performed by oboist Libby Van Cleve, incorporates a melody by Munir Bashir, an Iraqi virtuoso of the Arab lute.

The concert concludes with Hannah Lash’s “Violations: The Loading Dock Project,” a 35-minute piece for three singers, two pianists, percussion, and electronics. The inspiration for the piece came from the theft of Lash’s laptop, wallet, and iPod at a music festival in 2010. The libretto explores the complex relationship between thief and victim. Lash told Harvard Magazine that the piece is about “…recognizing the intense fallibility behind what we think of as evil.”

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.


Published March 7, 2013
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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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New Music New Haven features Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No. 2

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will feature faculty composer Ezra Laderman and his Piano Sonata No. 2, written in 1956. The four-movement work will be performed by Adela Hyeyeon Park, a graduate of the School of Music who has been praised for her “very sensitive” (Washington Post) and “highly nuanced” (Lucid Culture) playing. The program includes another piano piece by a faculty composer, Ingram Marshall’s Authentic Presence.

The concert will open with several new works by graduate composers from the Yale School of Music: Justin Tierney’s Chains for solo marimba, performed by the dynamic percussionist Candy Chiu, and Andy Akiho’s Love Lost Lust Lone, performed by the ensemble Loadbang. Reena Esmail’s Two Tones for violin, piano, and voice is based on the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. Omar Surillo’s Blanket is a slow, sustained work for electric guitar, saxophone, keyboard, and laptop. Chris Rogerson combines ancient and new sounds in his solo cello piece Bradwell-on-the-Sea, inspired by the site (in Essex, England) of the oldest active church in all of Great Britain. Daniel Wohl’s Saint Arc is a piece for cello and electronics. MORE

Published February 25, 2011
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New CD from faculty composer Ingram Marshall

september_canons_cdIngram Marshall, visiting lecturer in composition at the School of Music, has released a new CD.

Titled “Ingram Marshall: September Canons,” the album features the Yale Philharmonia and conductor Julian Pellicano ’07MM, among other performers. Tracks include “Peaceable Kingdom,” which was performed and recorded in Sprague Hall by the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of Pellicano. The program notes are by Libby Van Cleve, assistant director of the Yale Oral History of American Music project.

The pieces on the album span almost three decades and represent the principal threads that have run through Marshall’s work, including the use of electronics, the influence of Indonesian music and a thorough knowledge of the Western music tradition, especially Sibelius and Bach. In the words of Molly Sheridan, “each included work showcases facets of what has earned Marshall a reputation for creating impressionistic music that, whether capitalizing on modern technology or taking off from more traditional musical forms, is sonically unique in a way that nudges open rather than aggressively pokes at the ear. The pieces are also each remarkably expansive in their development, a welcoming gradual progression in that ‘take your time and start from the beginning’ sort of way.” Read the rest of Sheridan’s article at NewMusicBox.


Published February 23, 2010
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Benjamin Verdery, guitar, performs Bach and Albéniz alongside music of Yale faculty composers

Program includes works by Verdery and a world premiere by Ezra Laderman

verdery_hThe celebrated guitarist Benjamin Verdery will perform a Faculty Artist Recital on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program opens with a transcription of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D major and also features Albéniz’s Andalusian-inspired suite Córdoba. Verdery, whose compositions have been played by such musicians as John Williams and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, will perform two of his own works: Phillips Center, for guitar and digital delay, and Prelude and Wedding Dance. Three other composers from the School of Music are also featured, with Martin Bresnick’s Joaquin is Dreaming (2008); the world premiere of a new work by Ezra Laderman; and Ingram Marshall’s The Mentioning of Love (2008) for alto flute and guitar, with flutist Rie Schmidt.

Admission to the performance is free. The recital will be streamed live from the Yale School of Music website. MORE

Published January 13, 2010
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Peaceable Kingdom by Ingram Marshall featured at New Music New Haven

Plus new music by seven other Yale composers

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert with featured faculty composer Ingram Marshall on Tuesday, December 16 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College St at Wall St). The program will feature Marshall’s Peaceable Kingdom conducted by Julian Pellicano, a conducting fellow at the School of Music. The program also includes new works for a broad variety of of instruments by Yale graduate composers, including Timo Andres, Home Stretch (a piano concerto); Feinan Wang, Flowing Clock for string quartet; Richard Harrold, Clarinet Quartet; Sam Adams: Aves Nostradamus for violin and piano; a solo violin work by Polina Nazaykinskaya; and Naftali Schindler’s Le Tombeau de….  Ezra Laderman, a member of the composition faculty, is artistic director of New Music New Haven.
The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, www.yale.edu/music or call 203 432-4158.

Ingram Marshall, composer, studied at Columbia University and California Institute of the Arts, where he received an M.F.A., and has been a student of Indonesian gamelan music, the influence of which may be heard in the slowed-down sense of time and use of melodic repetition found in many of his pieces. In recent years he has concentrated on music combining tape and electronic processing with ensembles and soloists. His music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as the Theater of Voices, Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and American Composers Orchestra. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Published December 12, 2008
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