While Vincent Oneppo happily plays clarinet and saxophone with a number of local bands, he’s most often associated with coordinating the performances of other artists through the Essex Winter Series and Chestnut Hill Concerts in Old Saybrook.
If you know the season, you know what Vincent Oneppo is up to. If it is summer, it is the season for the Chestnut Hill Concerts at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. If it is winter, it is time for the Essex Winter Series (EWS). Vincent is administrator of EWS and managing director of the Chestnut Hill concerts. MORE
The School of Music held its annual honors dinner on Sunday, May 5. The event offered tributes to distinguished alumni and faculty, and honored outstanding students.
The Cultural Leadership Citation was awarded to James D’Addario. D’Addario is the CEO of D’Addario Strings, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of instrument strings, and (with his wife) co-founder of the non-profit James D’Addario Family Foundation.
The Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award was given to Vincent Oneppo ’73MM, who served Yale throughout his rich career and continues to aid the School even after his retirement in 2010.
This year’s Gustave Stoeckel Award was given to Boris Berman, a member of the YSM faculty since 1984. He is currently the coordinator of the piano department and the artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series. MORE
The final level of the fifth annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition took place on Wednesday, May 30 at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The Music in Schools Initiative is pleased to announce the winners of the 9th–12th grade division.
Grand Prize Miguel Johnson, tenor saxophone, Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School
Kristina Otfinoski, violin, Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School
Pendelton King, alto saxophone, Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School
Praising the students on their performances, Associate Dean Michael Yaffe added, “We hope we will see many of you around the School of Music for future Music in Schools Initiative programs. For those of you about to graduate, we wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.”
Fifteen students from three New Haven Public Schools participated. The high school level of the Solo Competition is open to voice students as well as those playing percussion, string, brass, and woodwind instruments. Students must be nominated by their school in order to compete, and schools are not limited in the number of students they may nominate.
The judges for the competition were Laura Adam, of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Netta Hadari, of Music Haven; and Vincent Oneppo, of the Yale School of Music.
David Shifrin in a lesson with Emil Khudyev. Photo by Bob Handelman.
The Yale School of Music will present a Clarinet Kaleidoscope Concert on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 5 pm in Sudler Recital Hall in W.L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall St., adjacent to Sprague Hall). The concert is the brainchild of David Shifrin, who is a clarinet professor at the School of Music as well as the artistic director of both the Chamber Music Society at Yale and the Yale in New York concert series. Shifrin will perform alongside four of his graduate students in clarinet: Soojin Huh ’11MM, Emil Khudyev ’11MM, Wai Lau ’12MM, and Sara Wollmacher ’11MM. Guest artists include Vincent Oneppo ’73MM, recently retired from the staff of the School of Music, and Paul Cho ’09MM, ’10AD.
The concert will feature the clarinet septet Lobgesang by faculty composer Joan Panetti. The work is dedicated to Keith Wilson, who preceded David Shifrin on the Yale School of Music clarinet faculty. Another highlight will be Mozart’s Adagio in B-flat major for two clarinets and three basset horns. There will be duos by Poulenc and Andrzej Anweiler and quintets by Mozart, Dvorák, and Strauss. The program will also feature numerous arrangements of works such as Joplin rags, Piazzola tangos, Gershwin’s “Summertime” and “Somebody Loves Me,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” and more. MORE
Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th birthday concludes with a concert by the Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas C. Duffy and featuring clarinetist Vincent Oneppo
Yale’s Celebrating the King of Swing: A Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th Birthday will conclude with a big band concert on Tue, Sep. 29 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall, featuring arrangements that made Goodman one of the most popular musicians of all time.
Thomas C. Duffy will direct the Yale Jazz Ensemble and clarinetist Vincent Oneppo in an exciting program called Bigger Than Life: The Big Band Music of Benny Goodman. The authentic arrangements – including many of Goodman’s signatures, like “Let’s Dance,” “Don’t Be That Way,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing” – were selected from the Benny Goodman Archives in the Gilmore Music Library at Yale. They include music by the great Fletcher Henderson and other legendary composers associated with New Haven and Yale, including Mel Powell and Cole Porter. MORE