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Electric Bassist Jack Vees performs his own music Feb. 12

Jack VeesThe Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents composer and electric bassist Jack Vees in a concert of his own music on Wednesday, February 12.

Vees will be joined by Libby Van Cleve, English horn, as well as YSM students and alumni including cellist Ashley Bathgate of Bang on a Can and members of the Yale Percussion Group. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. MORE

Published February 10, 2014
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Performance, Minimal Music and the Vogel Collection Nov. 17

On Sunday, November 17, the Yale University Art Gallery presents a concert by Yale School of Music performers. The concert is presented in conjunction with the student-curated exhibition “Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery.”

The new percussion ensemble arx duo will perform music by Steve Reich. The duo’s members are Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney, both students of Robert van Sice at the Yale School of Music.

Oboist Libby Van Cleve (director of the Oral History of American Music project at Yale) will play music of YSM faculty composer Ingram Marshall. The program also includes composer and bassist Jack Vees, director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology at YSM, performing his own music.



Published November 11, 2013
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Vivian Perlis announces retirement from Oral History of American Music project

Libby Van Cleve to succeed Perlis as director of OHAM

Vivian Perlis, the founder and Director of the Oral History of American Music (OHAM) project at Yale, has announced that she will step down as Director on June 30, 2010.

Perlis, a historian in American music, specializes in twentieth-century composers and is known for her publications, lectures, recording and film productions. She founded OHAM and developed it into a unique archive of recorded interviews with leading figures in American music.

In April of this year, in recognition of Perlis’s accomplishments, Dean Robert Blocker presented her with the prestigious Sanford Medal from the Yale School of Music. The School of Music also presented two concerts drawing on OHAM’s extensive collections, one on campus in Sprague Hall and the other in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Among Perlis’s publications are: Charles Ives Remembered: An Oral History, which was awarded the Kinkeldey Prize of the American Musicological Society in 1975; and two volumes co-authored with Aaron Copland: Copland: 1900 Through 1942, which garnered a Deems Taylor/ASCAP award, and Copland: Since 1943. Perlis is co-author with Libby Van Cleve of the award winning book and CD publication, Composers’ Voice from Ives to Ellington, published by Yale University Press (2005). Among her productions are recordings of the music of Leo Ornstein and Charles Ives, and television documentaries on Ives, Eubie Blake, Aaron Copland, and John Cage.

Vivian Perlis received the Charles Ives Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1972); a Grammy nomination for “Charles Ives 100th Anniversary” (1974); the Harvey Kantor Award for excellence in the field of oral history (1984); a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987); and the Irving Lowens Award for distinguished scholarship in American Music from the Society for American Music (1991). With recognition of her leadership, the American Music Center awarded OHAM a Letter of Distinction (2004). Perlis received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for American Music (2007) and was named an honorary member of the American Musicological Society (2008).


Published July 27, 2010
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New CD from faculty composer Ingram Marshall

september_canons_cdIngram Marshall, visiting lecturer in composition at the School of Music, has released a new CD.

Titled “Ingram Marshall: September Canons,” the album features the Yale Philharmonia and conductor Julian Pellicano ’07MM, among other performers. Tracks include “Peaceable Kingdom,” which was performed and recorded in Sprague Hall by the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of Pellicano. The program notes are by Libby Van Cleve, assistant director of the Yale Oral History of American Music project.

The pieces on the album span almost three decades and represent the principal threads that have run through Marshall’s work, including the use of electronics, the influence of Indonesian music and a thorough knowledge of the Western music tradition, especially Sibelius and Bach. In the words of Molly Sheridan, “each included work showcases facets of what has earned Marshall a reputation for creating impressionistic music that, whether capitalizing on modern technology or taking off from more traditional musical forms, is sonically unique in a way that nudges open rather than aggressively pokes at the ear. The pieces are also each remarkably expansive in their development, a welcoming gradual progression in that ‘take your time and start from the beginning’ sort of way.” Read the rest of Sheridan’s article at NewMusicBox.


Published February 23, 2010
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