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In memoriam: musicologist Philip F. Nelson

Philip Nelson

Philip Nelson | Photo by Eugene Cook, 1974

Musicologist and a former Dean of the Yale School of Music Philip F. Nelson died yesterday, June 10, 2016 at the age of 88. A native of Waseca, Minnesota, Nelson graduated with a B.A. degree in music composition from Grinnell College in Iowa in 1950, and an A.M. (1956) and Ph.D. (1958) in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also received the Diplôme of the Université de Paris in 1957, and studied conducting with M. Louis Forestier at the Conservatorie National de Paris at the time as a Fulbright Scholar.

Nelson was Chair of the music department at SUNY Binghamton from 1963, until his appointment as the Dean of Yale School of Music in 1970. Under Philip Nelson’s visionary leadership, the Yale School of Music began its transformation as a major professional music school. Among his distinguished faculty appointments were, Krzysztof Penderecki, Otto-Werner Mueller, Phyllis Curtin, and Claude Frank. The Tokyo String Quartet was named the artists-in-residence in 1976, and the quartet remained an integral part of the life and development of the School until its retirement from the international concert stage in 2013. MORE

Published June 11, 2016
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The Yale Philharmonia Plays at Yale’s Woolsey Hall

Krzysztof_Penderecki_webBy Allison Geisler

On Friday, classical music lovers need to get themselves to Woolsey Hall at Yale, as guest conductor Krzyzstof Penderecki leads the Yale Philharmonia. The first half of the concert features Penderecki conducting two of his pieces, Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and his Symphony No. 2. In between, Toshiyuki Shimada takes over conducting duties, to lead the Philharmonia in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which will feature current Yale School of Music student Henry Kramer as the piano soloist.


Published October 29, 2013
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Yale School of Music Students Perform at Symphony Space

Krzysztof_Penderecki_webIn partnership with WQXR and the Polish Cultural Institute of New York, Symphony Space’s In the Salon series presents an interview with Krzysztof Penderecki, “…Poland’s greatest living composer” (The Guardian). Mr. Penderecki will grace the Symphony Space stage in a live broadcast with WQXR’s Helga Davis. The event will take place on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm.

Yale School of Music students Eric Anderson, clarinet; Nathan Lesser, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; and Alan Ohkubo, cello, will perform a clarinet quartet after intermission and before the interview with Mr. Penderecki.

In New Haven, Krzysztof Penderecki will guest conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8 pm. The concert will take place in Woolsey Hall (500 College St., corner of College and Grove). Admission is free. MORE INFO

Published October 20, 2013
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