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Career Strategies presents a conversation with the Brentano Quartet Sep. 30

brentano_vOn Wednesday, September 30, Astrid Baumgardner will interview the members of the Brentano Quartet on the topic of artistic careers and collaboration in the 21st century. The interview takes place at 4:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

The Brentano String Quartet is ensemble-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, where they perform in concert each semester and work closely with students in chamber music contexts. The members of the quartet are Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Lee, cello. Read more about the quartet here.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions. The event will be streamed live on the School of Music’s website.




Published September 22, 2015
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Prepared Guitar: 13 Questions for Alumnus James Moore


Photo by Isabelle Selby

Prepared Guitar | Thirteen Questions Series

James Moore is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been active in New York since 2006, earning the titles of “local electric guitar hero” by Time Out New York and “model new music citizen” by the New York Times. Performing on a wide array of guitars, banjos, mandolins and home-made instruments, James incorporates his classical training and a healthy dose of improvisation, theatrics, and experimentation.

You may have found James in a variety of performance situations: at the Ghent Jazz Festival performing John Zorn’s Book of Heads for solo guitar; at the Pompidou Center in Paris as an on-stage musician and actor for playwright Richard Maxwell’s Neutral Hero; at the Brooklyn Academy of Music playing the music George Crumb on mandolin and singing saw with soprano Dawn Upshaw; at the Fringe Theater in Hong Kong presenting apocalyptic multimedia works with his guitar quartet Dither; At the Kennedy Center in Washington DC performing David Lang’s electrified music for Susan Marshall’s dance piece Play/Pause; at the Barbican Center in London playing the music of Michael Gordon with Alarm Will Sound; at the Whitney Museum interpreting graffiti compositions by Christian Marclay with Elliott Sharp; at The World Financial Center strumming a ukulele with the pop/chamber group Clogs; at the Kitchen playing with members of Wilco and The National.

Published November 10, 2014
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Open conversation with jazz drummer Roy Haynes Nov. 9


Jazz drummer Roy Haynes, whose legendary career of over 60 years has earned him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, will appear in an open conversation with Willie Ruff on Saturday, November 9.

The conversation will take place at 10:30am in Sudler Recital Hall, located in W.L. Harkness Hall (adjacent to Sprague Hall). The event is free and open to the public.

Haynes is also performing with his Fountain of Youth Band on Friday, November 8 at 8 pm. TICKETS  MORE

Published November 8, 2013
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Ilya Poletaev discusses George Enescu on WSHU


George Enescu

Pianist and Yale faculty member Ilya Poletaev (’09DMA) is bringing together his colleagues for a concert celebrating the music of George Enescu (1881-1955) on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. at Sprague Hall. The program will introduce audiences to the rarely-heard works of Enescu, who has been described by Pablo Casals as “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart” and by Yehudi Menuhin as “one of the wonders of this world.”

Although today chiefly remembered mostly as an great violinist, Enescu was perhaps the most versatile musician of the twentieth century: in addition to playing the violin, he was a virtuoso pianist and conductor, an inspiring pedagogue, and – most importantly – a composer of some of the most extraordinary music of his time, unique for its refinement, complexity, and emotional depth. Although celebrated in his native Romania, his mature work (completely different from the Romanian Rhapsodies, composed when he was only 18) has  been heard infrequently, and is only now beginning to reach a wider audience. The concert on Feb. 6 seeks to introduce to the public some of the most important chamber works in Enescu’s oeuvre.

Kate Remington of WSHU talked with Poletaev about what is special about Enescu’s music.
Listen HERE.

Published February 3, 2010
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