Yale alumni win awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the recipients of this year’s awards in music. Several Yale alumni are among the winners.

The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Joan Tower (chairman), Samuel Adler, Martin Boykan, Mario Davidovsky, Stephen Hartke, Stephen Jaffe, and Aaron Jay Kernis. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Harold Meltzer ’97MMA, ’00DMA and Kevin Puts ’96MM were among the four winners of the Arts and Letters Awards in Music. The $10,000 awards honor outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledge composers who have arrived at their own voices. Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work.  MORE

Published March 3, 2015
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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

Broadway World
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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New Music New Haven presents music by Aaron Jay Kernis, Hannah Lash Oct. 3

lashThe Yale School of Music presents the first New Music New Haven concert of the season on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The featured faculty composers are Aaron Jay Kernis and Hannah Lash, whose music will be featured alongside new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.

The program opens with Benjamin Wallace‘s Birthday Suite, a collection of seven short works for mixed ensemble written for friends on their respective birthdays. Brendon Randall-MyersFor Ronny is written in memory of the composer’s grandfather for the ensemble of piano, electric guitar, violin, viola, and cello. MORE

Published September 16, 2013
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Reflections on Bach brings together old and new in Feb. 27 concert

UPDATE: This concert was originally scheduled for February 13. It will take place Wednesday, February 27.

Graduate composers collaborate with Yale Baroque Ensemble

The Yale School of Music presents “Reflections on Bach,” a collaboration between the Yale Baroque Ensemble and graduate composers on Wednesday, February 27 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert will include new compositions as well as music by J.S. Bach.

Six up-and-coming composers – Daniel Schlosberg, Paul Kerekes, Benjamin Wallace, Balint Karosi, Stephen Feigenbaum, and William Gardiner – have each chosen a Bach piece as a model to reflect upon in music. The concert will pair the chosen Bach work with the new composition that it inspired.

The composers are all graduate students in YSM’s composition program, directed by faculty composer Martin Bresnick. The members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble are Edson Scheid and Holly Piccoli, baroque violin; Soo Jin Chung, baroque cello; and David Fung, keyboards.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by baroque violinist Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble at the Yale School of Music dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Using the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments’ set of new baroque instruments, members of the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785 to create idiomatic and virtuosic performances of this music.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble plays on the YCMI’s collection of new baroque string instruments made by Jason Viseltear of New York City, after del Gesù, Amati, and Testore. Bows are also from the YCMI collection, made by David Hawthorne and Christopher English after seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century originals.

Admission to the performance is free. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published February 4, 2013
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New Music New Haven presents Theofanidis premiere Oct. 4

“Theofanidis is an unusually skilled, communicative composer.”
–Baltimore Sun

The Yale School of Music presents the world premiere of Allegory of the Cave by faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis on Thursday, October 4, 2012. The piece, written for string quartet and piano, will be performed by recent graduates of the School of Music, including .

“Theofanidis is an unusually skilled, communicative composer,” says the Baltimore Sun. “What impresses me about Theofanidis,” adds the Washington Post, “is his ability to blend several musical languages once thought to be mutually exclusive… the results are enormously attractive.”

The concert, which is part of the New Music New Haven series, will also present new works by five graduate composers: Stephen Feigenbaum, William Gardiner, Paul Kerekes, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Daniel Schlosberg.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. MORE

Published September 21, 2012
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New Music New Haven features Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No. 5 on Feb. 2

Featured performers include TwoSense, pianist Amy J. Yang

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven performance on Thursday, February 2 at 8pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven, corner of Wall St.). The performance will feature the Piano Sonata No. 5 of Yale faculty composer Ezra Laderman. YSM alumna Amy Yang ’10 AD, who has been hailed by the New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet,” will perform the sonata.

The piano-cello duo TwoSense, featuring Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars Ashley Bathgate (’07 MM, ’08 AD), cello and Lisa Moore, piano, will also be featured on the program. The “admired performers” (New Yorker) will play Daniel Wohl’s One Piece and Paul KerekesReach.

Stephen Feigenbaum’s Fantasy for oboe and piano explores a new take on the relationship between performer and accompanist, with the piano taking a largely commentary role and the oboe holding together the piece’s groundwork. Collideoscope, a piano quartet by Jordan Kuspa, dramatizes the composer’s interactions with a work of art.

The program will also include Orbis Tertius, a exploration of extra-terrestrial fanfares by Matthew Welch for the unique combination of brass septet and bagpipes. MORE

Published January 13, 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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Ellington Jazz Series presents the second “Homegrown on Common Ground” Concert November 12

New Haven’s Ben Allison, bassist and composer for NPR’s “On the Media,” is featured with his band; St. Luke’s Steel Band and Andy Akiho return

After the success of the first “Homegrown on Common Ground” concert last April, the Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music revisits the theme of having musicians from Yale and New Haven share the stage of Sprague Hall for an evening of exciting and creative music.

The first “Common Ground” concert caused a sensation with a jazz piano trio, a 20-member steel band, and leading-edge music written by several Yale composers for an eclectic instrumental ensemble that included steel pans alongside a rhythm section, winds, and strings. The second “Homegrown on Common Ground” concert on Friday, November 12 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street) picks up where the first concert left off.

Director of the Duke Ellington Fellowship, Willie Ruff, has invited several of the performers to return as well as the featured guest artist, Ben Allison, the jazz bassist and composer of music for NPR’s “On the Media.” Allison is a native of New Haven who studied music at the Educational Center for the Arts and who played his first professional gigs on the salsa circuit in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He will perform with his band, which includes Jenny Scheinman, violin; Michael Blake, saxophones; Steve Cardenas, guitar; and Rudy Royston, drums. Returning by popular demand is the St. Luke’s Steel Band from New Haven, directed by Deborah Teason, and steel pan virtuoso Andy Akiho. Akiho will again appear with the St. Luke’s Band, as well as with the Yale Steel Band and the Common Ground Ensemble.  Four composer/performers – Andy Akiho (steel pans), Deborah Teason, Samuel Adams (bass), and Paul Kerekes (piano) – have written pieces that will be premiered by this group, which features three pan players in addition to piano, bass, drums, and violin.

“These young musicians are creating some of the most exciting and original music I’ve heard in a long time,” says Ruff. “I think we’re seeing history being made by these composer-performers.”

Tickets to the concert are $12 to $20, $7 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Panel Discussion,  “A Vision for the Future of Music”

The next day, November 13 at 10 am in Sudler Recital Hall, 100 Wall Strett (next door to Sprague Hall), Willie Ruff will be joined by Ben Alliston, Andy Akiho, and several of the other performers of the previous night’s concert in a wide-ranging panel discussion, “A Vision for the Future of Music,” that will explore the future of new music: the most promising trends in creative music-making, the kinds of venues where audiences will hear this music, the ressurgence of the composer-performer, and more. According to Ruff, “The question I intend to ask is, ‘In today’s rapidly changing musical landscape, what kind of tomorrow should the now emerging music makers be preparing for?'” Admission is free. MORE

Published October 20, 2010
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