Competition winners perform music of Brahms, Strauss, Smalley, Cage

The Yale School of Music presents the winners of its annual chamber music competition in a concert on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series on Tuesday, May 1. This year’s concert presents a diverse selection of music from Johannes Brahms to John Cage, featuring strings, winds, piano, and percussion. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The concert will open with Cage’s Third Construction, written in 1941 for a vast variety of Western and international instruments as well as everyday items like tin cans and a conch shell. This performance will feature the quartet of Jonny Allen, Victor Caccese, Michael Compitello, and Cristobal Gajardo.

Next on the program is the thirteen-minute Trio for clarinet, viola, and piano by Australian composer Roger Smalley, performed by Ashley Smith, clarinet; Leonard Chiang, viola; and Naomi Woo, piano.

The second half of the concert will open with Richard Strauss’s lively Till Eulenspiegel, in a chamber arrangement by Franz Hasenohrl. The performers are Igal Levin, clarinet; Cordelia Paw, violin; Yuki Katayama, bassoon; Ian Petruzzi, horn; and Matthew Rosenthal, bass.

The evening will close with the Brahms Piano Trio in C major, Op. 87, performed by Victor Fournelle-Blaine, violin; Haeyoon Shin, cello; and Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano. MORE

Published April 18, 2012
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75/100: Yale Percussion Group celebrates Steve Reich and John Cage

Feb. 19th concert honors the birthdays of two composers of significant pieces for percussion

The Yale School of Music presents the celebrated Yale Percussion Group in 75/100, a concert celebrating the birthdays of Steve Reich and John Cage, on Sunday, February 19th.

The ensemble, directed by the acclaimed percussionist and Yale faculty member Robert van Sice, has been hailed as “truly extraordinary” by composer Steve Reich. Now the YPG returns the compliment by dedicating the first half of this concert to Reich’s music.

The concert opens with Reich’s Mallet Quartet (2009), for two marimbas and two vibraphones. A highlight will be Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, in a new arrangement for vibraphone, marimba, and tape. Svetoslav Stoyanov, a YSM alum, created the arrangement and is the player heard on the pre-recorded segments.

The first half will conclude with Reich’s Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ, a 1973 composition for glockenspiels, marimbas, metallophone, women’s voices, and organ. Reich, who turns 75 this year, describes the piece as “deal[ing] with two simultaneous interrelated rhythmic processes.”

The second half of the concert is devoted to the music of John Cage, who was born 100 years ago this year and died in 1992. His Third Construction, written in 1941, is for four percussionists who play a vast variety of Western and international instruments as well as ordinary items like tin cans and a conch shell. Other Cage pieces on the program include In a Landscape (1948), originally written for piano, and Amores (1943), for piano and three percussionists.

She Is Asleep is a piece in two parts; in Part I, four percussionists play twelve tom-toms, and Part II is for voice and prepared piano (“prepared” meaning that objects have been deliberately placed in the instrument to alter the sound). Child of Tree (1975) is inspired by the sound of cactus spines being plucked; in the score, Cage instructs the performer in a structured improviation on ten instruments made of plants. “This improvisation is the performance,” Cage wrote. MORE

Published January 31, 2012
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Voices of American Music concert pays tribute to the Oral History of American Music project on its 40th anniversary

“…The world’s definitive archive of historical material on American music.”
– The New York Times

Vivian Perlis interviews Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein in Copland’s home.

The Yale School of Music presents Voices of American Music, a concert tribute to the legendary Oral History of American Music (OHAM) project at Yale. The concert will take place on Tuesday, April 6 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven) as part of the Chamber Music Society at Yale.

The works of some of America’s most important composers will be heard in a rare program that joins music with footage from OHAM’s archives. Founded by Vivian Perlis, one of the foremost historians of American music, OHAM is dedicated to collecting and preserving audio and video memoirs of notable figures in American music. The musicologist H. Wiley Hitchcock called OHAM “an incomparable resource, the most extensive ongoing oral history project in America.”

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Published March 10, 2010
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