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YDN: $57.1 million music complex slated to begin construction

hendrie_0013_webYale Daily News | By Larry Milstein

After nearly 20 years of planning and false starts, a $57.1 million complex for the Yale School of Music is poised to become reality.

In late February, plans for the Adams Center for Musical Arts — which includes the renovation of Hendrie Hall and the construction of an adjoining 34,000 square-foot structure — will be presented before the Yale Corporation for final approval before beginning construction later this month. The project, which was postponed in 2008 with the onset of the global financial crisis, resumed in August when faculty, students and staff were relocated in anticipation of the Hendrie Hall renovation, slated for completion in August 2016. Though students and faculty interviewed said they are eager to see work begin on the long-delayed facility, some expressed criticism of the transition process and conditions of the temporary relocation. MORE

Published February 13, 2015
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YDN: Yale groups to perform with Grammy Award-winning artist

This weekend, members of three Yale musical ensembles will have the chance to perform with a Grammy Award-winning artist.

Singer, author and women’s rights activist Angélique Kidjo will be doing a benefit concert for the Yale Africa Initiative Student Scholarship with members of the Yale Concert Band, Yale Percussion and Shades this Saturday. Kidjo is scheduled to perform five of her songs with various combinations of the ensembles that will accompany her. Yale Concert Band Director Thomas Duffy highlighted the diversity of musical influences that is reflected in Kidjo’s music, adding that the concert will be a rare opportunity for Yale student musicians to perform with a widely renowned artist.

“This is a world-class figure, the Bob Dylan of Africa,” Duffy said. MORE

Published December 5, 2014
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Yale Daily News: Yale Opera kicks off season

Yale Daily News | By Gayatri Sabharwal

To open its season, the Yale Opera put on an exhibition of humor, misfortune and romance as it performed several of history’s most iconic pieces.

The Yale Opera program at the School of Music presented its annual Fall Opera Scenes this weekend at Sprague Memorial Hall. The Saturday performance featured scenes from works such as “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Hamlet” and “Antony and Cleopatra.” Sunday’s show featured excerpts from “Aleko,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Les Contes d’Hoffmann.” The performances were delivered in their original languages, with accompanying projections of English translations. Yale Opera Manager Erika Niemi said that the Fall Scenes are unique in that the vast majority of Yale Opera’s members perform in the show, which stands in contrast to other shows by the group that only feature a few performers. MORE

Published November 4, 2014
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Yale Daily News: School of Drama and Music collaborate on project

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By Eric Xiao

Enlisting the help of students, faculty and alumni, the Yale School of Drama and Yale School of Music have been working on one of their largest collaborations to date.

The two schools will stage a joint production of “The Soldier’s Tale,” written by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City this Sunday. YSD Professor Liz Diamond said the production, which includes cast members from both schools, offers a rare opportunity for music and drama students and faculty to venture outside of their respective areas of expertise.

“The cultures, traditions, practices of music production and theatrical production have some significant differences,” Diamond said. “I hope that each school can learn about the other through this project.” MORE

Published April 2, 2014
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School of Music students form new orchestra

Yale Daily News
By Dana Schneider

Students from the Yale School of Music have formed a new chamber orchestra.

The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, which consists of approximately 25 members, will make its debut this Friday at St. Mary’s Church. Louis Lohraseb MUS ’16, who pioneered the group, said he first though about founding the orchestra after noticing that orchestral chamber works — particularly pieces from the classical and baroque period — were severely underperformed at Yale.

He said he created the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra to perform these works and to offer Yale students more performance opportunities. Though other chamber groups on campus, such as the Cantata Profana have been playing smaller eclectic works, the new group will provide an opportunity for Yale musicians to perform small orchestral chamber works from this underrepresented period, he explained. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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Yale Daily News: School of Music to host Pascal Rogé

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By Pierre Ortlieb

Tonight, the world-renowned pianist and conductor Pascal Rogé will perform creations by Claude Debussy and Francis Poulenc in the Morse Recital Hall, providing the Yale community with a snapshot into French musical history.

Rogé has been invited to Yale as part of the Horowitz Piano Series, a program of musical exploration organized by the Yale School of Music that aims to bring to New Haven the world’s greatest keyboard maestri. In the past, musical legends such as Leon Fleischer, Emmanuel Ax and Radu Lupu have played at Yale as part of this project.

Professor Melvin Chen, deputy dean of the Yale School of Music, said that Rogé, an expert in 20th-century French classical music, will bring a “new perspective” to the listeners, as the repertoire he will play may not be entirely familiar to some audience members. MORE

Published January 29, 2014
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Yale Daily News: Panel discusses careers in music

Yale Daily News
By David Kurkovskiy

At a Tuesday morning panel discussion, alumni of the School of Music advised current students to take risks and pursue innovative projects.

Roughly 20 students attended the panel, which was held as part of a School of Music course on sustainable careers in the field of music but was open to the entire Yale community. The discussion was moderated by Astrid Baumgardner, the class instructor, who said she organized the panel to show students the different ways one can succeed in the music field.

The speakers, Missy Mazzoli MUS ’06, Mellissa Hughes MUS ’06, James Moore MUS ’06, and Owen Dalby ’06 MUS ’07, discussed their experiences as performers trained in classical music who are now pursuing projects involving contemporary music. The speakers highlighted the way their Yale education has influenced their growth as musicians, providing them with a network of performers with whom they could cooperate after graduation. MORE

Published November 20, 2013
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Salovey entertains with penchant for music

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By Jessica Hallam

University President Peter Salovey and his bluegrass band were the stars of the inauguration weekend.

As members of the Yale community celebrated Salovey’s inauguration, they had a chance to see him and his band — Professors of Bluegrass — perform at several events on campus. Music pervaded the inaugural festivities: the Saturday inauguration brunch, the inaugural ball and the inauguration ceremony itself featured performances by Yale-affiliated and local musicians. Salovey’s fellow band members and Yale administrators said the presence of music at the inauguration festivities is an indication of his passion for music — a passion they said will create a supportive environment for aspiring musicians at Yale as well as help him stay connected to the student body. MORE

Published October 16, 2013
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Campus preps for party

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By Matthew Lloyd-Thomas
Salovey_Peter_01In the midst of midterms, Yale is preparing for one of its biggest parties in recent memory.

University President Peter Salovey will be officially inaugurated this weekend, marking the completion of Yale’s first leadership transition in two decades. Although he has occupied his office in Woodbridge Hall since July 1, Salovey will not formally hold the presidency until he is instated by Yale Corporation senior fellow Margaret Marshall LAW ’76. The ceremony will come at the end of a week-long series of festivities including events such as open houses, concerts and Inaugural Balls, most of which are open to the entire Yale community and to residents of New Haven. MORE

Published October 8, 2013
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Eclectic ensemble enters second season

By Dana Schneider
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CantataProfanaTheorbos, baroque bows, a babbling tenor and a barefoot soprano: Each played a role in the performance of eclectic and under-performed works for larger chamber groups, said Jacob Ashworth MUS ’14, who formed the Cantata Profana last year. Nearly all the musicians in the Cantata are students or faculty from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music, and all have played with one another in the past.

“The group was inspired by the spirit of collaboration, which is essential for chamber music and unique to the Yale environment,” Ashworth said. MORE

Published September 25, 2013
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