Concerts & master classes with clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianist Robert Levin

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Robert Levin in a series of performances, master classes, and workshops next week.

The duo will perform a program featuring works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Clara Schumann (1819–1896), and Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). Those performances take place Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm and Monday, December 3 at 8 pm. The program features Robert Schumann’s Soiréestücke, Op. 73 (the original version of the Fantasiestücke); Brahms’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, no. 1; Clara Schumann’s Romances, Op. 21; and the Brahms Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, no. 2

Mr. Levin will be bringing a historic piano made in 1869 by Johann Baptist Streicher. This is the same type known to have been owned and used by Johannes Brahms himself during the last twenty-four years of his life. For tickets, please visit or call the Collection at 203 432-0822.

Master Classes & Lectures

All master classes and lectures are free and open to the public.

Robert Levin: “Improvising Mozart”

A lecture-demonstration on the style and techniques of Classical-era improvisation, given on the Collection’s Könnicke piano, ca.1795.
When: Sunday, December 3, following the concert (approx. 5:30 pm)
Where: Collection of Musical Instruments, upstairs keyboard gallery

Charles Neidich: “Old is New, New is Old” MORE

Published November 29, 2012
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Willie Ruff to lecture on jazz legend Oscar Pettiford May 13

Willie Ruff, Professor of Music and the Director of the Duke Ellington Fellowship at Yale, will present “Blues in the Closet,” a musical portrait of the legendary bassist and cellist Oscar Pettiford, on Sunday, May 13 at 3 pm.

Pettiford, born in 1922 in Oklahoma to parents of African American and Native American ancestry, is best known for the jazz composition “Blues in the Closet.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street (at York Street).

The lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: America Rising. For more information, visit

(Image: William P. Gottlieb, Portrait of Oscar Pettiford and Junior Raglin, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., 1946. Black-and-white photograph. Library of Congress, Music Division, William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection.)

Published May 9, 2012
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Elena Sorokina to lecture on Russian piano culture

The piano department of the Yale School of Music presents a lecture by Elena Sorokina on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Sorokina, the head of the department of Russian music history at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, will speak on Russian Piano Culture during the Silver Age (1890-1910).

The event will take place Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 4 pm in Sudler Recital Hall (located in WL Harkness Hall, adjacent to Sprague Hall).

About Elena Sorokina

Elena Sorokina is a Russian pianist, teacher, historian, and musicologist. She studied music theory, composition, and piano at the Moscow Conservatory, and followed with postgraduate study at the Department of History of Russian and Soviet Music. She received a doctorate in art criticism from the Moscow Conservatory in 1990. MORE

Published February 10, 2011
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“If you arrange it, they will listen”: a talk by Benjamin Verdery

New York City Classical Guitar Society presents the talk on July 1 at 7 pm

Our monthly event for July will be feature Benjamin Verdery in a talk entitled “If You Arrange It, They Will Listen!” Ben has arranged music from Mozart to Hendrix for the guitar, and in this talk he will share his approach to arranging. The presentation will be followed by open playing time for members, so bring your guitar and play, or just come and listen. This is a great opportunity to gain experience performing, try out a new piece in front of an audience, or just share music with others in a supportive environment.

NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests. MORE

Published July 1, 2010
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Composer John Adams to lecture on campus Oct 28-29

New Haven, Conn. — Master American composer John Adams will deliver the 2009 Tanner Lectures on Human Values on October 28 and 29 at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street.  His first talk, “Doctor Faustus and His Composition: Reflections on Thomas Mann’s Fictional Composer,” will be held on October 28, and his second, “Doctor Atomic and His Gadget: Composing the American Mythology,” on October 29. Both talks will take place at 4:30 pm.

adamsRecognized worldwide for the expressive depth, technical range, and compelling themes of his work, Mr. Adams has broadened the aesthetics of contemporary American concert music, moving it away from academic modernism and toward a more expansive, profoundly humanist musical language.  His groundbreaking compositions include the symphonies Harmonium, Grand Pianola Music, Harmonielehre, and El Dorado as well as the politically controversial operas Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, based on a 1985 terrorist hijacking and murder, and Doctor Atomic, about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project.  His multilingual nativity oratorio, El Niño, was written to mark the millennium.  On the Transmigration of Souls, a choral tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center attacks, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and won three Grammys, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition.  Mr. Adams’s recent memoir, Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life, has been lauded as an explication of the creative process and named a New York Times Notable Book.  In his teaching, writing, and composition, Mr. Adams has been hailed as a “philosopher/craftsman, attempting to reflect and render the truth as he observes and feels it, in all its complexity and its simplicity.” MORE

Published October 22, 2009
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Alfred Brendel lecture with musical examples

Unique program by legendary pianist on November 11 will be followed the next day by a public master class

Brendel_webThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a lecture by the eminent pianist Alfred Brendel on Wednesday, November 11 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Titled “On Character in Music,” the lecture will argue that atmosphere is no less important in music than elements such as form and structure. Brendel will focus on the music of Beethoven as seen through the comments of Czerny. Brendel compares the pianist’s task to that of a character actor identifying with different roles, with an ever-widening awareness of the staggering emotional and psychological variety great music has to offer. Though Brendel has retired from full-time performing, his lecture will include musical examples he will perform on the piano.

The next day, Thursday, November 12, Alfred Brendel will work with graduate pianists from the Yale School of Music in a public master class on the stage of Morse Recital Hall. MORE

Published October 16, 2009
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