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New Haven Independent: “Rite” On Time

New Haven Independent
By Robert Heltzl

Spring brings with it birth, creation, change, and a sense of renewal. In Igor Stravinsky’s legendary work, “Rite of Spring,” all such sentiments are undoubtedly present, but his creation is accompanied with the sublime horror and forceful sense of composition that only a master artist can summon. When it debuted in Paris 100 years ago, the piece spawned a riot, to boot.

What a pleasure then that our city could behold RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, a powerful tribute in which eight modern composers rendered the original piece in new form, with conducting by the graceful virtuoso Paolo Bartolameolli, the same man who commissioned this updated wonder to begin with. MORE

Published November 19, 2013
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Zephyrus Project Orchestra’s RiteNow Set for this Sunday

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Classical Music Desk

On Sunday November 17th at 8pm, conductor Paolo Bortolameolli will lead the 90-piece Zephyrus Project Orchestra in a performance of RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. This one-time-only performance will take place at Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street (corner of College & Grove), New Haven, CT. Admission is free. Complete info is here.

RiteNow will include works by composers Fay Kueen Wang, Justin Tierney, Matthew Welch, Benjamin Wallace, Daniel Schlosberg, Gleb Kanasevich, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Paul Kerekes. Production designer Solomon Weisbard will create an immersive environmental design, and costumes will be created by Ksenia Zhuleva. MORE

Published November 14, 2013
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NH Register: 8 composers’ take on Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ in Yale’s Woolsey Hall

New Haven Register

By Donna Doherty

NEW HAVEN >> One hundred years ago, the riot in the streets that greeted the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” ushered in a work now considered to be one of the most important pieces of 20th-century music.

It’s safe to say that there won’t be any rioting outside Woolsey Hall on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., when the 85-member Zephyrus Project Orchestra pays tribute to the work with its only performance of “RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring.’” Admission is free. MORE

Published November 12, 2013
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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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Yale Philharmonia performs new music Dec. 8

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia in a concert on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Shinik Hahm will conduct the orchestra in new music by graduate students in the School of Music’s composition program. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program will open with Paul Kerekes’s “Timber” and Christopher Rogerson’s “Oaken Sky.” Daniel Wohl’s “Found Object – Faded Music” is written for orchestra and mixed media. The first half will conclude with Justin Tierney’s “Passa,” described by the composer as a “series of narrative-based variations on two different theme groups and a rhythm.” The distinct musical ideas “interact and overlap, driving the narrative forward to its explosive conclusion.”

The second half opens with Hannah Lash’s “Music for Loss.” Eric Barry ’11AD is the tenor soloist in “By the Open Window,” written by Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter.

Kathryn Salfelder will conduct her own work, “Lux Perpetua,” written for soprano saxophone and orchestra. Geoffrey Landman is the saxophone soloist. The piece, according to the composer, “explores the many facets of light.” It was commissioned by the Albany Symphony and premiered on October 22, 2011. The concert concludes with Loren Loiacono’s “Stalks, hounds.”

Yang Jiao and Paolo Bortolameolli, both conducting students at the School of Music, will serve as assistant conductors to the Yale Philharmonia. The concert is part of the New Music New Haven concert series, which is directed by faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis. MORE

Published November 23, 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.”

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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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