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Panel on “The Musical Impulse” helps open new Yale Center Beijing


Maestro Yu Long

Yale University will inaugurate the Yale Center Beijing with a major conference on October 27 and 28, 2014. The conference features conversations on important societal issues in China, the United States, and the world.

The center will be a venue for ongoing conversations on these and other critical topics, and the School of Music is planning activities for the spring of 2015.

For the opening conference, the School of Music has convened a panel on “The Musical Impulse: Unlocking Creativity for the Individual, the Culture, and the Economy.” The discussion will be moderated by Robert Blocker, Dean of the School. The panelists are:

Madame Gao Jianjin, President of the Institute of Music Education at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China); MORE

Published October 24, 2014
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Angélique Kidjo to perform benefit concert at Yale Dec. 6

KidjoThe Yale School of Music, in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, will present Afro-pop star ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO in a special benefit concert on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, hailed by National Public Radio as “Africa’s greatest living diva,” will perform with ensembles including Shades, the Yale Percussion Group, and members of the Yale Concert Band.

Ms. Kidjo, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002, is a passionate advocate for girls’ education and humanitarian causes. “Being Africa’s premier diva is not a crown that Kidjo wears lightly,” notes Time Magazine. “As an African, she says, she comes from a place with problems. But as a musician, she argues, she can solve them.”

Proceeds from this collaborative concert will benefit the Yale Africa Initiative Student Scholarships. The concert takes place at 3:00 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).  MORE

Published October 22, 2014
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Lecture: The Art Song Compositions of Huang Tzu, Sep. 11


The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library and the Yale School of Music are honored to welcome Professor Lin Zai Hong, Head of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Professor Qian Ren Ping, Professor of Music Theory, along with their colleagues, to the Yale campus September 10–12, 2014.

The highlight of the visit will be a lecture presented by Professor Qian on “The Art Song Compositions of Huang Tzu” and will include performances of some of his art songs. A reception in the SML Memorabilia Room will follow. The lecture takes place Thursday, September 11 at 10 am in the Sterling Memorial Library’s lecture hall. MORE

Published August 29, 2014
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CS Monitor: Yale musicians study West Africa’s drumbeats, a village at a time

IMG_6474-dance2Christian Science Monitor 
By Chris Stein, Correspondent

ACCRA, GHANA — In Ghana, traditional drumming continues to play an important role in public and private life – despite the modernization taking place all over West Africa.

When newlyweds leave wedding chapels, or when the president calls on parliament, or when foreign dignitaries arrive at high-profile conferences, drummers are often there to pound out a welcoming beat.

In fishing and farming villages, traditional drumming and dancing is still part of the send-off that men get to war, or in the welcoming of newborn babies.

So when Yale University’s percussion group headed to visit towns and villages on Ghana’s central coast last month, they came not just to drum, but to document. MORE

Published July 2, 2014
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52 from Yale feel the beat — and heat — in Ghana trip

IMG_4803New Haven Register
By Joe Amarante

Yale Director of Bands Thomas Duffy returned from a momentous 12-day trip to Ghana with 51 students and Yale band and School of Music staffers on June 1, threw out all his clothes from the trip and left a day later for a week in China.

We should explain.

Duffy led 41 student members of the Yale Concert Band, six Yale Percussion Group grad students, three documentarians and a staff member on 12 days of cultural exchange, musical research and community service in the African country of Ghana.

The delegation studied, performed and recorded traditional drumming and dance pieces with Ghanaian master drummers, the first time that some of the pieces have been performed in decades. MORE

Published June 18, 2014
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National Symphony Orchestra of Ghana and Yale ensembles perform benefit concert Friday, May 23


National Theatre, Accra

Tonight the Yale Concert Band and Yale Percussion Group will join with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ghana (NSO) to perform a Nkonsonkonson “Unity” Concert at the National Theatre in Accra.

The event is a benefit for the Ghana-Yale Partnership for Global Health, which aims to eliminate mother-to-child  transmission of HIV.  MORE

Published May 23, 2014
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Yale music ensembles travel to Ghana this May

Yale Concert Band

Yale Concert Band

The Yale Percussion Group and Yale Concert Band will soon travel to Ghana for 12 days of cultural exchange, musical research, and community service. This marks the first time that the undergraduate Yale Concert Band (YCB), which in 1959 became the first college band to tour internationally, will travel with the graduate Yale Percussion Group. The two ensembles will perform several times, including “unity” concerts at two universities and a joint concert with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ghana.

The participants will also undertake service projects in the village of Yamoransa, with which Yale has an ongoing relationship. While based in Yamoransa, the percussionists will study, perform, and recordtraditional drumming and dance with Ghanaian drum masters.

Reciprocal cultural exchange is an integral part of the trip. Each concert will involve musical exchanges with Ghanaian musicians. Every day the group will be immersed in the local culture, through activities including home visits, storytelling, and student exchanges. MORE

Published May 12, 2014
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YSM students to perform in Paris at Arts Arena recital


Claudia Rosenthal

Three YSM students will perform in Paris, France in a recital presented by Arts Arena. David Leigh, bass; Claudia Rosenthal, soprano; and Esther Park, piano, will perform selections from Schubert to Sibelius and Puccini to Cole Porter.

The recital takes place Friday, March 7 at Hôtel de Talleyrand.

David Leigh and Claudia Rosenthal are part of the Yale Opera program, which is under the artistic direction of Doris Yarick Cross. Both will earn their Master of Music degrees this May.

Pianist Esther Park ’12 AD, ’13 MMA has recently won the José Roca Piano Competition and International Russian Music Competition. MORE

Published February 25, 2014
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Student & alumni pianists perform in Ankara, Turkey

Maestro Isin Metin

On May 22, piano students Lee Dionne ’13MM, Henry Kramer ’13AD,  and Esther Park ’12AD, ’13MMA performed with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey.

The concert was conducted by the orchestra’s music director, Maestro Isin Metin (pictured at left).

Boris Berman, a faculty member and the chair of the piano program at the School of Music, noted that the concert received “great public acclaim.”

The performance was a conclusion of a week-long piano course given by Berman in Ankara. The program included movements of piano concerti by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Liszt, Ravel, Rachmaninov, and Tchaikovsky.

Along with the pianists from the Yale School of Music, four students from Bilkent Univerisity also participated.

Published June 4, 2012
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Yale Opera records Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re

Singers of Yale Opera will perform and record Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re at this year’s Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, Poland.

Łukasz Borowicz is conducting the concert performance of the opera, which also features the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Choir.

The cast features soprano Sara Jakubiak ’06MM, ’07AD (Fiora); tenor Eric Barry ’10MM, ’11AD (Avito); tenor Jorge Prego ’12AD (Flaminio); and baritone David Pershall ’10MM, ’11AD (Manfredo); as well as bass Nikolay Didenko (Archibaldo). Henryk Wojnarowski is the choir master.

The performance takes place Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (pictured at left). The event takes place under the Honorary Patronage of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Lee Feinstein.

Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published March 27, 2012
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