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Radio interview with Aaron Jay Kernis

Faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis talks to David Alan Miller of the Albany Symphony Orchestra on WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra will premiere Kernis’ piece Three Flavors for Piano & Orchestra on October 19th. In the interview, Kernis discusses diverse topics including teaching at Yale, his compositional process, and the genesis of Three Flavors.


Published October 14, 2013
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The Dark Side of Ryo: Mozart’s D Minor Concerto


ryo_yanagitani_3This weekend wraps up the third annual Mozart Festival Texas. A solo recital takes place Friday night with Rick Rowley. Saturday an orchestral concert rounds out the festival with two masterpieces: the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 20.Terry Frazor will conduct and feature piano soloist Ryo Yanagitani, a former Gold Medalist with the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

The d minor concerto is special in Mozart’s catalogue. It is the first of only two minor key concerti that Mozart wrote (out of 27!). Mozart’s dad, Leopold wrote to Mozart’s sister after hearing the work, “I heard an excellent new piano concerto by Wolfgang, on which the copyist was still at work when we got there, and your brother didn’t even have time to play through the rondo because he had to oversee the copying operation.” MORE

Published July 31, 2013
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Dominick DiOrio: WFIU’s Featured Artist for July

WFIU Arts & Music
By Anna Coogan

WFIU’s featured artist for the month of July is choral conductor Dominick DiOrio. An Assistant Professor of Music in the Jacobs School of Music, DiOrio was educated at Ithaca College and Yale University.

DiOrio is the director of the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a group dedicated to the performance of new works for choir. He also teaches conducting and supervises the master’s level choral conducting program. His teaching career began at Lone Star College in Montgomery, Texas, where in just three years, he tripled enrollment in the choral program.

In 2009, DiOrio was one of only 12 conductors invited to Sweden to compete for the Eric Ericson award, the world’s highest honor for choral conductors. In 2012, he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a fellow of the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute. DiOrio has guest conducted choirs including the American Bach Soloists, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala, Sweden. DiOrio has prepared choruses for performances under conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Valery Gergiev, and Nicholas McGegan.

As an advocate for new music, DiOrio has premiered works by composers including Zachary Wadsworth, Tawnie Olson and Dewey Fleszar. DiOrio is also active as a composer of works for choir, including the opera Klytemnestra, produced in collaboration with Divergence Vocal Theater. He has received awards for his compositions from the American Choral Directors Association, ASCAP, and the Yale Glee Club.

WFIU will feature performances led by DiOrio in our classical music programming throughout the month of July.

Published July 1, 2013
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Ted Hearne

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

This Friday at 10pm, The Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival will host R WE WHO R WE – an ongoing collaboration by composer-performersTed Hearne and Philip White. A tribute and commentary to both classic and ephemeral artists of the pop landscape, R WE WHO R WE uses pop music like graffiti uses public space, exploiting the tension between theft and tribute.

Composer, conductor, and performer Ted Hearne joins us. He attended Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music, and has studied with Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Nils Vigeland and Julia Wolfe.

Published May 28, 2013
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Ilya Poletaev discusses George Enescu on WSHU


George Enescu

Pianist and Yale faculty member Ilya Poletaev (’09DMA) is bringing together his colleagues for a concert celebrating the music of George Enescu (1881-1955) on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. at Sprague Hall. The program will introduce audiences to the rarely-heard works of Enescu, who has been described by Pablo Casals as “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart” and by Yehudi Menuhin as “one of the wonders of this world.”

Although today chiefly remembered mostly as an great violinist, Enescu was perhaps the most versatile musician of the twentieth century: in addition to playing the violin, he was a virtuoso pianist and conductor, an inspiring pedagogue, and – most importantly – a composer of some of the most extraordinary music of his time, unique for its refinement, complexity, and emotional depth. Although celebrated in his native Romania, his mature work (completely different from the Romanian Rhapsodies, composed when he was only 18) has  been heard infrequently, and is only now beginning to reach a wider audience. The concert on Feb. 6 seeks to introduce to the public some of the most important chamber works in Enescu’s oeuvre.

Kate Remington of WSHU talked with Poletaev about what is special about Enescu’s music.
Listen HERE.

Published February 3, 2010
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David Shifrin on Leonard Lopate Show

leonard_lopateDavid Shifrin, professor of clarinet, was a guest on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show yesterday to discuss the Yale School of Music’s celebration of Benny Goodman. This May, Goodman would have turned 100, and the School of Music is celebrating with a series of events in both New Haven and New York. Shifrin is the artistic director of both the Chamber Music Society at Yale and the Yale in New York series. This Saturday, September 26, Yale in New York presents The Classical Legacy of Benny Goodman, a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring music commissioned or premiered by the legendary clarinetist. Goodman made his name in jazz, but his classical work led to such commissions as Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Bartok’s Contrasts. Shifrin will perform the clarinet solo in the Copland Concerto this Saturday.

Listen to the show HERE on WNYC’s website.

Published September 24, 2009
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