Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho featured in New Music New Haven concert April 12

“She is, quite simply, one of the most original compositional voices of our time.”
— Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring guest composer Kaija Saariaho on Thursday, April 12. Saariaho’s pieces Serenatas and Terrestre will be performed alongside new works by students in the School of Music’s prestigious composition program. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

Saariaho describes Serenatas – a collection of five small pieces for cello, piano, and percussion – as “sometimes sweet, sometimes tormented.” “The attitude of the musicians,” she says, should be as “devoted as it would be when playing a serenade to a lover…”

Terrestre is a reworking for solo flute with violin, cello, harp, and percussion) of the second movement of the two-movement flute concerto Aile du songe (Wing of Dream), which itself was inspired by a collection of poems called Oiseaux (Birds) by Saint-John Perse.

The concert will also feature music by graduate composers from the Yale School of Music: Jordan Kuspa’s Picaresque Episodes for trombone quartet; Stephen Feigenbaum’s Sonata for double bass and piano (with Matthew Rosenthal, bass, and Lee Dionne, piano); Daniel Schlosberg’s Once (with Shawn Moore, violin, and Colin Brookes, viola); Justin Tierney’s Escritura del Dios (with Dashon Burton, bass-baritone); and Fay Wang’s Monodrama of Old Heaven. MORE

Published March 26, 2012
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New Music New Haven features Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No. 5 on Feb. 2

Featured performers include TwoSense, pianist Amy J. Yang

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven performance on Thursday, February 2 at 8pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven, corner of Wall St.). The performance will feature the Piano Sonata No. 5 of Yale faculty composer Ezra Laderman. YSM alumna Amy Yang ’10 AD, who has been hailed by the New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet,” will perform the sonata.

The piano-cello duo TwoSense, featuring Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars Ashley Bathgate (’07 MM, ’08 AD), cello and Lisa Moore, piano, will also be featured on the program. The “admired performers” (New Yorker) will play Daniel Wohl’s One Piece and Paul KerekesReach.

Stephen Feigenbaum’s Fantasy for oboe and piano explores a new take on the relationship between performer and accompanist, with the piano taking a largely commentary role and the oboe holding together the piece’s groundwork. Collideoscope, a piano quartet by Jordan Kuspa, dramatizes the composer’s interactions with a work of art.

The program will also include Orbis Tertius, a exploration of extra-terrestrial fanfares by Matthew Welch for the unique combination of brass septet and bagpipes. MORE

Published January 13, 2012
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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 the Pulitzer Prize-winning String Quartet No. 2 by Aaron Jay Kernis

“A composer of real mastery and individuality.”
–The New York Times

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 8 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (292 Orange Street, New Haven). The concert will feature faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis, whose String Quartet No. 2, musica instrumentalis, will be performed by the Jasper Quartet. musica instrumentalis is the piece that won Kernis the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Kernis has also won such accolades as the Grawemeyer Award and the Rome Prize.

The Jasper Quartet, currently in residence at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Caramoor Center for the Arts, is familiar to New Haven audiences from its two years as the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music (2008–2010).

The first half of the concert will feature music by graduate composers, beginning with Justin Tierney’s Fission for solo celeste (the instrument heard in Tchaikovksy’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”) and a piece by Andy Akiho for flute and marimba.

The Yale Camerata, directed by Marguerite L. Brooks, will sing choral music by Jordan Kuspa and Reena Esmail. Kuspa’s A Dream within a Dream is for four-part mixed choir. Esmail’s White Key for eight-part choir is based on Carol Muske-Dukes’s poem of the same name. Says Esmail, “White Key evokes the feeling of suspension. A woman makes the difficult journey by plane back to her home after receiving the news of her husband’s sudden death. As she is suspended in the air between two cities, she is also suspended between two lives, between a beautiful past and the uncertain present.”


Published April 5, 2011
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New Music New Haven features guest composer David Felder

Concert also presents chamber works by Yale School of Music composers

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring guest composer David Felder (pictured at right) on Thursday, November 4 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The evening will open with chamber works by graduate composers in the Yale School of Music: Justin Tierney‘s ROTA, a fanfare for trombone quartet; Jordan Kuspa‘s Metronome, a humorous look at what can happen in rehearsal when good musicians get a little bit wild; Adrian Knight‘s the tears, for harp and electronics; Garth Neustadter‘s three-movement String Trio; and Hannah Lash‘s Last Time, which the composer calls “a disturbing and expressive piece for mixed chamber ensemble.”

The second half of the program will present two works by the guest composer. The Linden String Quartet will play Felder’s stuck-stücke, and a mixed ensemble of winds, percussion, and strings will play his partial [dist]res[s]toration. Christopher Theofanidis is the artistic director of New Music New Haven. MORE

Published October 11, 2010
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New Music New Haven 11/19 features composer Jack Vees

Program includes Vees’s “Party Talk” and premieres by other Yale composers

Vees, Jack (action)The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring composer Jack Vees on Thursday, November 19 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The highlight of the concert will be Vees’s Party Talk, a piece written in 1996 for narrator and mixed ensemble of winds, brass, percussion, piano, organ, strings, and electric bass. The concert will also premiere music by student composers, including excerpts from Chris Cerrone’s opera Invisible Cities, Jordan Kuspa’s Piano Trio, Adrian Knight’s Work for Sixteen Strings, and Feinan Wang’s Pisces Monodrama–Chapter VII. Christopher Theofanidis is the artistic director of the New Music New Haven concert series. MORE

Published October 29, 2009
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New Music New Haven features composer Bernard Rands

Rands - photo by Jack MitchellNew Music New Haven presents a concert featuring composer Bernard Rands on Thursday, October 8 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. Rands, a professor at Harvard, is the winner of such accolades as the Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award. The program will feature Rands’ virtuosic Concertino for solo oboe and mixed ensemble, and “now again” for mezzo-soprano and ensemble. Rands favors unconventional combinations of instruments: the ensemble for Concertino consists of flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet, and that for “now again” includes flute, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, harp, violin, viola, cello, and soprano and alto singers. The text of “now again” compiles fragments of poetry from Sappho.

The concert will also premiere new works by two Yale School of Music composers. Jordan Kuspa’s Lemonade Battery for chamber orchestra will open the evening’s program. Following it will be Polina Nazaykinskaya’s Real April for soprano, baritone, and ensemble, based on the poetry of Jordan Jacks and Laura Marris. MORE

Published September 24, 2009
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New Music New Haven: Yale Percussion Group performs David Lang

Concert also features diverse music by eight other Yale composers

langDavid Lang, renowned as the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music, is the featured faculty composer in the next New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, April 30 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The world-renowned Yale Percussion Group will perform music by Lang, who was appointed to the Yale School of Music faculty in the fall of 2008. Other works on the program cover a broad range of media and thematic content, from Timo Andres’s Fast Flows the River for MIDI keyboard and cello, to Richard Harrold’s Two Studies for Guitar Duo. Themes of water and ice are explored in Naftali Schindler’s Water Tropes for string quartet, sampler, and Tuvan throat singer, and in Ted Hearne’s THAW for percussion quartet, a piece that imagines the sensation of being immersed in a block of ice. MORE

Published April 6, 2009
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