[ in the press ]

Eclectic ensemble enters second season

By Dana Schneider
Yale Daily News

CantataProfanaTheorbos, baroque bows, a babbling tenor and a barefoot soprano: Each played a role in the performance of eclectic and under-performed works for larger chamber groups, said Jacob Ashworth MUS ’14, who formed the Cantata Profana last year. Nearly all the musicians in the Cantata are students or faculty from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music, and all have played with one another in the past.

“The group was inspired by the spirit of collaboration, which is essential for chamber music and unique to the Yale environment,” Ashworth said. MORE

Published September 25, 2013
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Naomi Woo ’13MM awarded prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Will pursue postgraduate study at Cambridge University, U.K.

Naomi Woo-410x276Naomi Woo ’13MM has been selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. This October, she will pursue an M.Phil. in music studies at Cambridge University, U.K., where she will research musical performance and scholarship.

This prestigious honor is extremely competitive; the fifty-one successful candidates were selected from a pool of 3,500 applicants on the basis of intellectual ability, leadership capacity, and their commitment to improving the lives of others. The new Scholars come from twenty-four different countries, and include a classically trained singer, an environmental lawyer, and a teacher of peacebuilding in Somalia. Professor Robert Lethbridge, Provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust, said, “The Scholars are truly remarkable people and showed at interview that they fit the mission of the Scholarship by their commitment to using their academic skills and leadership capacity to improve the lives of others.”

Naomi Woo, who hails from Vancouver, Canada, graduated from Yale College in 2012 with a B.A. in Music and in Mathematics & Philosophy and will receive her Master of Music degree in piano from the Yale School of Music this May. As a pianist and conductor, she has performed widely in Vancouver and at Yale. She is a Teaching Artist for the Music in Schools Initiative in inner city schools in New Haven, Connecticut.

At Cambridge, Ms. Woo will seek to unite the sometimes separate disciplines of music scholarship and performance. She said, “I want to use performance as a means of informing and enriching musicology, treating works of music as experiences rather than merely as texts, which will help connect music scholarship more closely to its listeners.”

Published April 18, 2013
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[ concerts ]

YSM pianists survey Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas

The Yale School of Music presents all of the Prokofiev Piano Sonatas in two pairs of performances: December 5 and 7 at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, and December 11 at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The concerts, which are presented by Yale in New York and the Horowitz Piano Series, feature performers selected in a competition open to all graduate-level piano students. The events mark the publication of a new performance edition of the sonatas, edited by faculty member and Prokofiev specialist Boris Berman.

The first program (Dec. 5 at 8 pm in New Haven, and Dec. 11 at 5:30 pm in New York) will frame the project by presenting the first and last of Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas. Naomi Woo ’13MM will perform the Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1; Euntaek Kim ’13AD will play the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14; and David Fung ’12MMA will perform the second version of the Sonata No. 5 in C major. The second half of the concert opens with the Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103, performed by Esther Park ’12AD. The concert closes with the Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29, played by Scott MacIsaac ’14CERT. MORE

Published November 17, 2011
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