YSM Class of 2016 presents gift to School

Commencement 2016

Yale School of Music Commencement, May 2016

In May, the Yale School of Music’s Class of 2016 became the first graduating class to present a gift to the School. More than half the class’ 98 members contributed to the gift, which exceeded $1,000.

A seat in Sprague Hall (seat C101) will be adorned with a plaque identifying the Class of 2016 as having made a contribution to the School.

Acknowledging the gift during the School’s Commencement ceremony in May, Dean Robert Blocker said to the graduating class, “You’re starting a very, very important tradition, and the tradition is more about staying connected to your School and to this community and what has become your family than it is giving a gift.” MORE

Published September 27, 2016
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Video Highlights from Convocation 2013

Published September 13, 2013
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Yale School of Music features select graduate performers in Feb. 7 recital

Program features music of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Hindemith, Bizet, Ravel, Xenakis

David Pershall, baritone, and Eric Barry, tenor, performing together at Convocation, September 2010.

The Yale School of Music presents a select group of performers in a recital on Monday, February 7, at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The performers, who are graduate students at the School of Music, will play music for a variety of instruments (including voice) from the Romantic period and the twentieth century.

Pianist Kuok-Wai Lio ’12MM will open the recital with a Schubert Impromptu. The Linden String Quartet will perform the first movement from Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13. The members of the ensemble, which is the current Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, are Catherine Cosbey and Sarah McElravy, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello, all ’12AD. Bassoonist Scott Switzer, praised by the New York Times for playing the “evocative solo elegantly” in a Yale Philharmonia concert last April, will perform Hindemith’s lyrical, compact bassoon sonata.

Eric Barry ’11AD, tenor, and David Pershall ’11AD, baritone, will sing “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). The singers, who are both in the Yale Opera program, will be accompanied by faculty pianist Douglas Dickson. Violinist Xi Chen ’11CERT, a top prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, will play Ravel’s virtuosic Tzigane. The recital will conclude with Rebonds Part A by Iannis Xenakis, performed by percussionist Ian Rosenbaum ’11AD. This part of the piece uses only skins: bongos, tom-toms, and bass drums, covering a wide range of pitch.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, please visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published January 27, 2011
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Yale’s last Lunchtime Chamber Music concert of the year at Sprague Hall May 5

The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). This free event features a colorful variety of ensembles composed of graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. The program will include selections from Beethoven’s String Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3; Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp; Reinecke’s Trio for Piano, Oboe and Horn, Op. 188; John Cage’s Four3; and Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 5, “Spring.”

This will be the School of Music’s last lunchtime chamber music performance of the 2009-10 academic year. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

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Published April 28, 2010
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Yale Philharmonia offers four 20th-century works for chamber orchestra in Sprague Hall Feb. 26-27

Program features the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring

Phil_Chamber_Orch_blogThe Yale Philharmonia, the premier ensemble of the Yale School of Music, will present two concerts of music for chamber orchestra on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The program, which is the same each night, belies the twentieth century’s reputation for difficult music: all four pieces are tonal and among the era’s most approachable repertoire. Shinik Hahm, the conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, will lead both performances.

The program opens with Stravinsky’s neo-classical chamber concerto Dumbarton Oaks (1937-8), inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Closing the first half is the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, scored for 13 instruments. The ever-popular work won Copland the 1945 Pulitzer Prize. Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1928) will feature soloist Paul Won Jin Cho, a winner of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The concert will conclude with Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for string orchestra.

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Published February 10, 2010
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From the Archives: Coolidge Quartet performs at Yale in November, 1936

Coolidge QuartetElizabeth Sprague Coolidge, a vital and prominent patron of twentieth-century American music, extended her reach to New Haven. The daughter of Yale graduate Albert Arnold Sprague (Class of 1859), she and her mother donated the funds for Yale’s first building dedicated to music, Sprague Memorial Hall, which opened in 1917. A series of chamber music performances in Sprague Hall was also named in memory of Albert Arnold Sprague. MORE

Published April 29, 2009
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