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Photos: The Legacy of Paul Hindemith at Zankel Hall

Enjoy these photos from “The Legacy of Paul Hindemith,” presented Friday, November 22 in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. The concert opened the 2013–14 Yale in New York series.

The program featured three pieces by Paul Hindemith, a YSM faculty member 1940–1953, alongside pieces by five of his Yale students: Alvin Etler, Lukas Foss, Mitch Leigh, Mel Powell, and Yehudi Wyner. Leigh was in attendance to hear “The Impossible Dream,” from the musical Man of La Mancha. Wyner played the piano part in the New York premiere of his new piano quartet, Concordance. 

The majority of the performers were YSM students, who worked with faculty coaches Wendy Sharp (violin) and William Purvis (horn, conductor) on the repertoire. YSM faculty member Willie Ruff, a Yale alumnus who studied with Hindemith, opened the second of the concert by speaking about his memories of the composer, theorist, and pedagogue.


William Purvis conducts Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1


Published November 25, 2013
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Photos: Music in Schools and Class of 1957

While in town for their 55th reunion, members of the Yale College Class of 1957 had lunch with young students from New Haven’s John C. Daniels School. The two groups joined together to celebrate YSM’s Music in Schools Initiative, which is supported by the class.

The young musicians performed for the Class of ’57 and then distributed cards expressing their gratitude for the Class’s generosity. Addressing the Class at the event, Associate Dean Michael Yaffe said, “You, the members of the Class of ’57, are to be congratulated for your vision from more than ten years ago. You found out that music makes a difference in people’s lives, and you have helped the Yale School of Music to prove it in many ways.” Click HERE to read a longer excerpt from Yaffe’s talk.

Enjoy this slideshow of images from the lunch and performance.

Published June 21, 2012
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Photos of De Profundis

Yesterday, the Yale in New York series presented De Profundis: Music for Low Instruments, featuring student, alumni, and faculty performers. The concert presented instruments like the cello, tuba, bassoon, and sackbut in music from Schütz to Bruckner to Penderecki.

Enjoy this slideshow of photos from the concert, which one early review has deemed “Deep, dark – and thoroughly satisfying.”

Published April 2, 2012
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Photos: Yale in New York

The Yale in New York concert presented two events at Carnegie Hall this December: Vocal Britain (Dec. 4, 2011) and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas (Dec. 11, 2011). View a slideshow of selected images.

Published December 20, 2011
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Slideshow: Yale Philharmonia at Carnegie Hall

Click below to view a slideshow of photos of the Yale Philharmonia’s performance in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. Shinik Hahm conducted the performance, which featured Ransom Wilson, flute; David Shifrin, clarinet; and Frank Morelli, bassoon.

A review of the concert hailed “some of the most satisfying music-making I’ve heard in the past half-century.”

Published March 4, 2011
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Slideshow: Yale Percussion Group in Sprague Hall

View photos from of the Yale Percussion Group’s performance on December 10, 2010 in Morse Recital Hall. Click the arrow below to play the slideshow, or click HERE for a larger view.

Photos by Harold Shapiro.

Published January 20, 2011
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Slideshow: Academic Convocation September 2

The 2010-11 academic year officially began last week. At the Academic Convocation in Sprague Hall on Thursday, September 2, University Provost Peter Salovey installed the entering class of the Yale School of Music. Ian Oliver, the pastor of University Church in Yale, gave the invocation. Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, addressed the incoming class with a talk called “Preserving Humanity.”

Dean Blocker gave the Cultural Leadership Citation, a special award from the Yale School of Music, to Yale alumnus Frederick Iseman, Yale College alumnus of the Class of 1975.

In a Yale School of Music tradition, the assembly sang Schubert’s “An die Musik,” a song about music’s transformative power. Faculty members Elizabeth Parisot, piano, and Ole Akahoshi, cello, played through the song before the audience sang Richard Cross’s translation.

The second portion of the program featured performances from faculty and alumni. Violinist Brian Lewis, the Class of ’57 Visiting Professor, joined with faculty pianist Wei-Yi Yang in Brahms’s F.A.E. Sonata. Alumnus Ryosuke Yanagitani ’04MM, ’05AD, ’08MMA performed piano pieces by Debussy and Sancan. Eric Barry ’10MM, tenor, and David Pershall ’10MM, baritone, sang duets by Bizet and Puccini, accompanied by faculty pianist Douglas Dickson ’88MM, ’89MMA.

Convocation continued with a reception at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Published September 8, 2010
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