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Canata Profana honored by Chamber Music America

Cantata Profana

Cantata Profana

Cantata Profana, the New York-based vocal chamber ensemble founded by YSM alumnus Jacob Ashworth ’13 MM, ’14 MMA, was honored at this year’s Chamber Music America Conference Awards with a prize for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

In addition to Ashworth, the theatrical and versatile ensemble is also home to several other YSM alumni, including Hannah Collins, cello; Arash Noori, guitar; Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet; Lee Dionne, keyboard; Doug Perry, percussion; Annie Rosen, voice; Daniel Schlosberg, piano; and John Taylor Ward, voice, as well as Ethan Heard, a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

Cantata Profana is one of three ensemble and four presenters that have been selected to receive the prestigious award, which will be presented by Cia Toscanini, vice president of concert music for ASCAP, at the Chamber Music America National Conference on Sunday, January 10, 2016. MORE

Published December 15, 2015
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[ concerts ]

Boris Berman opens the Horowitz Piano Series Oct. 7

bermanThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music opens its season with a recital by Boris Berman on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 pm.

Professor Berman, who serves as artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series, will perform works by Brahms and Chopin, as well as Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box) which features narration and projected images by André Hellé.

The program’s most substantial work, Debussy’s whimsical children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux was written for dancers or marionettes based on a story by children’s book illustrator André Hellé, whose illustrations will be displayed throughout the performance. YSM graduate John Taylor Ward, baritone, will be the narrator. MORE

Published September 29, 2015
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[ in the press ]

In the Press: The minds behind the Lakes Area Music Festival

Brainerd Daily Dispatch
By Jennifer Stockinger

John Taylor Ward '12MM, '13MMA

John Taylor Ward ’12MM, ’13MMA

When the Lakes Area Music Festival began in 2009, founding director Scott Lykins had no clue how successful it would become in the Brainerd Lakes area.

Going into its fifth season, the festival which started with five students from the Eastman School of Music in New York performing, now has 80 musicians. They are either professional musicians or music students from conservatories from around the country, such as Eastman or the Julliard School.

Lykins, a Nisswa native, said he is excited at how well the music festival has gone. “We started these concerts for fun,” Lykins said recently while rehearsing for the upcoming music festival which opens at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium. “We really didn’t know what to expect, but after seeing how enthusiastic our audience was that first year and seeing how the audience has grown over the years… We started out with no clear vision, and seeing how it has grown has been really exciting.”

John Taylor Ward, who went to school at Eastman with Lykins, is the assistant artistic director of the festival. Ward said the goal of the festival is to make Brainerd a regional and/or national classical music destination in the summer. MORE

Published July 25, 2013
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