Ransom Wilson appointed Music Director & Conductor of Redlands Symphony

ransom_wilson_cond-_1The Redlands Symphony announces the appointment of Yale School of Music faculty Ransom Wilson today as music director and conductor. Dave Maupin, chair of the Symphony Board of Directors, remarked on Mr. Wilson’s appointment with great enthusiasm: “We could not be happier to welcome Ransom to Redlands. We are absolutely confident that he will elevate our wonderful orchestra to even greater heights as he takes the podium and shapes our artistic programming for years to come.”

In his first season at the Symphony, Mr. Wilson will be featuring many works and artists new to the region, while continuing the traditions of the Symphony, such as its special relationship with the works of Mozart. The newly appointed conductor will lead the orchestra for the first time on October 8 in a concert featuring works by Czech composers; Smetana, Martinů, and Dvořák.

“I have been impressed and deeply moved by this community: a city full of people who care about each other, give freely of themselves, and take pride in their beautiful place,” said Mr. Wilson. “The Redlands Symphony has had a long and successful life in the loving hands of Maestro Jon Robertson, and it is a great honor for me to accept the baton from him.”

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Published June 4, 2016
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With Pluck: Music for Harp April 8 & 10

June Han, harp

June Han, harp

The Yale School of Music continues its acclaimed Yale in New York Series on Sunday, April 10 with a program titled With Pluck: Music for Harp. The concert will feature YSM harp professor June Han alongside fellow faculty members and YSM student and alumni performers.

The program highlights YSM faculty harpist June Han and the Yale harp program. Han herself will perform Sequenza II by Luciano Berio. In the virtuosic solo work, Berio seeks to explore the capabilities of the instrument beyond its typical uses, which he describes as “seductive glissandi.”

Han will also team up with violinist Suliman Tekalli ’15 AD and cellist James Kim ’13 CERT for a performance of Henriette Renie‘s Trio for harp, violin, and cello, followed by Debussy‘s Sonata for flute, viola and harp with fellow YSM faculty members Ransom Wilson, flute, and Ettore Causa, viola.

The program will also present YSM students in a variety of works including Pasculli‘s Omaggio a Bellini for English horn and harp, and De Falla‘s Seven Popular Songs, sung by YSM artist diploma candidate Evanna Chiew, mezzo-soprano.

The concert takes place Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students with current ID, and are available through the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street & 7th Ave., New York City), online at www.carnegiehall.org, or CarnegieCharge: 212 247-7800.

There will also be a preview concert on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm, held at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall Street, New Haven) on the Yale campus. Admission to the preview concert is free.

Published April 6, 2016
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Concert remembers composer, former dean Ezra Laderman March 2

Ezra LadermanThe Yale School of Music presents a concert in memory of the late Ezra Laderman on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 pm. Laderman served as Dean of the Yale School of Music from 1989 to 1995 and on faculty as professor of music until his retirement in 2014.

The concert will feature selections from several of Laderman’s compositions, as well as spoken and video tributes from his Yale colleagues.

The world premiere of Laderman’s Partita for Solo Violin will be performed by alumnus Benjamin Hoffman.

Frank Morelli and Ole Akahoshi, both members of the School of Music faculty, will play movements from the Partitas for solo bassoon and solo cello, respectively. MORE

Published February 23, 2016
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Ransom Wilson, Ettore Causa, June Han perform together Oct. 1

Ransom WilsonThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents Ransom Wilson, Ettore Causa, and June Han together in concert on Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 pm.

The trio of acclaimed Yale faculty members will perform works for flute, viola, and harp, and several combinations thereof. They will open the program with works by three French composers: Jean Cras’ Suite en duo for flute and harp, Jean Françaix’s Suite pour flûte seule, and Maurice Duruflé’s Prélude, Récitatif, et Variations.

After intermission, the program will continue with Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio and Cesar Franck’s Melancolie for viola and piano, arranged by Ettore Causa. The evening will conclude with Claude Debussy’s well-known Sonata for flute, viola and harp. MORE

Published September 25, 2015
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Ransom Wilson, Peter Frankl record CD together on Nimbus

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Faculty members Ransom Wilson, flute, and Peter Frankl, piano, have teamed up to record Works for Flute and Piano, released in June on the Nimbus label. The recording includes duos by Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann.

The disc opens with Beethoven’s Serenade for flute and piano in D major, Op. 41, an arrangement of the Serenade, Op. 25. This is followed by Schubert’s Introduction and Variations on “Trockne Blumen” from the song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 802.

Concluding the recording is a collection of Schumann pieces: Three Romances, Op. 94; the songs “Widmung,” Op. 25, No. 1, and “Meine Rose,” Op. 90, No. 2; and another Romanze (No. 5 from Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138).

Peter Frankl, piano

For more information about the repertoire and its history, visit this page.

Published July 6, 2015
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Flutist Ransom Wilson, pianist Melvin Chen perform October 8

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The Yale School of Music presents a recital by flutist Ransom Wilson and pianist Melvin Chen on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm. The duo will perform music from across three centuries, from Haydn to Schubert to living composers. In addition, Wilson will play selections for solo flute.

The program opens with Joseph Haydn‘s Sonata in C major, Op. 87, followed by Robert Schumann‘s Three Romances, Op. 94. These are followed by Gaze, a three-movement piece written in the year 2000 by the American composer John Halle.

The second half of the concert focuses on the music of France, beginning with three selections for solo flute by Claude Debussy and his lesser-known compatriots Jean Rivier and André Jolivet-Ascèses. Debussy is also represented by his Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune, arranged for flute and piano by Gustave Samazeuilh. MORE

Published October 3, 2014
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CANCELED: Flutist Ransom Wilson, pianist Melvin Chen perform January 15th

Update 1/13/2014: We regret that, due to illness, this event has been canceled. We hope to reschedule for the 2014–15 season.

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by flutist Ransom WilsonRansom Wilson and pianist Melvin Chen on Wednesday, January 15 at 8 pm. The duo will perform music from across three centuries, from Haydn to Schubert to living composers. In addition, Wilson will play selections for solo flute.

The program opens with Joseph Haydn‘s Sonata in C major, Op. 87, followed by Robert Schumann‘s Three Romances, Op. 94. These are followed by Gaze, a three-movement piece written in the year 2000 by the American composer John Halle.

The second half of the concert focuses on the music of France, beginning with three selections for solo flute by Claude Debussy and his lesser-known compatriots Jean Rivier and André Jolivet-Ascèses. Debussy is also represented by his Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune, arranged for flute and piano by Gustave Samazeuilh. MORE

Published December 23, 2013
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Steve Reich featured in March 29 NMNH concert

Reich is “…the most original musical thinker of our time.”
– The New Yorker

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven performance featuring guest composer STEVE REICH on Thursday, March 29. Musicians from the Yale School of Music will perform two of Reich’s works as well as music by students in the School’s prestigious composition program.

Guest composer Steve Reich, who will be in attendance, will have two of his works performed: Proverb (1995) and Vermont Counterpoint (1982).

Proverb, written for voices, vibraphones, and electric organs, is a setting of a single line of text by Ludwig Wittgenstein: “How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life!” The singers are members of the Yale Camerata and Yale Schola Cantorum.

The performance of Vermont Counterpoint, which is written for eleven flutes (and is often performed with pre-recorded music instead of eleven live flutists), will feature faculty member Ransom Wilson alongside his current and former students.

Works by graduate student composers include Jordan Kuspa’s Nitwit, Oddment for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; Stephen Feigenbaum‘s Gatekeeper for solo viola; Justin Tierney’s Blue Tigers for three clarinets, two percussionists, and piano; Michael Gilbertson’s Nocturne for flute and guitar; and Daniel Wohl’s Slow Wave for percussion quartet.

The concert will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven, corner of Wall St.). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Christopher Theofanidis is the artistic director of the New Music New Haven concert series. MORE

Published March 15, 2012
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Yale in New York presents De Profundis: music for low instruments

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The Yale in New York concert series, directed by David Shifrin, closes its 2011-2012 season with De Profundis: The Deep End, a concert of music for low instruments. The bassoon, tuba, trombone, cello, double bass, and sackbut all take center stage in this performance.

Faculty performers – including Frank Morelli, bassoon; Scott Hartman, trombone; Donald Palma, double bass; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Ransom Wilson, conductor – will be joined by students and alumni on the stage of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The program will be presented twice: in New Haven on Wednesday, March 28, and in New York City on Sunday, April 1 (for real). The Wednesday concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street). The Sunday concert begins at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. MORE

Published March 2, 2012
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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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