Yale in New York Announces 2013-14 Season, Featuring A SOLDIER'S TALE with Yale School of Drama, 4/6
Yale in New York has announced 2013-14 Season, the seventh season at Carnegie Hall. Two concerts showcase students, faculty, and alumni from one of the nation's great music schools. Plus Yale in New York's first collaboration between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama.
OF PAUL HINDEMITH
Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:30 pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Featuring works by Hindemith and Yale composers influenced by him
Music by HINDEMITH, ALVIN ETLER, LUKAS FOSS,
MITCH LEIGH, MEL POWELL, YEHUDI WYNER
Performers include Yale School of Music faculty
WILLIAM PURVIS, horn and WENDY SHARP, violin
YEHUDI WYNER, piano
and Yale School of Music students and alumni
A SOLDIER'S TALE
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 7:30 pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
This fully staged new production commemorates the 100th anniversary
of the outbreak of World War I with a new translation of
Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat by Liz Diamond
A collaboration with YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA
Tony award winner & Yale alumnus MICHAEL CERVERIS
plays Narrator/The Devil
Stellar creative team includes Yale faculty members:
LIZ DIAMOND, Translator and Director
MICHAEL YEARGAN, Scenic Designer
ILONA SOMOGYI, Costume Designer
EMILY COATES, Choreographer
Also featuring Yale School of Music faculty
DAVID SHIFRIN, clarinet and ANI KAVAFIAN, violin
and Yale School of Music students
PREVIEW PERFORMANCES IN NEW HAVEN, CT
Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, Yale University, 470 College Street
"The Yale School of Music has established a formidable presence with its Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall... mainly by presenting inventive programs of mostly new or unusual works."
- The New York Times
Yale School of Music is thrilled to announce its return to Carnegie Hall with theYALE IN NEW YORK 2013-14 Season. The series-now in its seventh year at Carnegie-has garnered a reputation for its creative and diverse programming, with frequent collaborations between Yale's distinguished faculty and its exceptional network of current students and alumni.
This season, two concerts focus on musical icons of the 20th century: THE LEGACY OF PAUL HINDEMITH on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:30pm; and a fully staged original production and translation of Igor Stravinsky's A SOLDIER'S TALE, in collaboration with Yale School of Drama on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:30pm. Both events take place at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.
The Yale School of Music will also present these programs as Preview Performances at Morse Recital Hall in New Haven at 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 21(Hindemith) and Tuesday, April 1 (Stravinsky).
At once an innovative composer and theorist and a passionate educator, Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) served on the Yale School of Music faculty from 1940-53 and left behind a spirit of invention and exploration that remains at the heart of Yale's program.The Legacy of Paul Hindemith commemorates sixty years since the composer's stay in New Haven and fifty years since his passing, with works from several periods of Hindemith's career as well as compositions by his students.
Igor Stravinsky's compositional development was in some ways not dissimilar to Hindemith's, as both found inspiration in the neoclassical after pursuing more unorthodox forms of modernism. A Soldier's Tale (L'histoire du Soldat), Stravinsky's bittersweet story of a common soldier's thwarted homecoming, was written as a direct response to the events of World War I, and premiered in 1918. Marking one hundred years since the outbreak of the war, Yale School of Music brings a contemporary perspective to Stravinsky's theatrical work with a new translation by acclaimed director Liz Diamond in a collaboration with Yale School of Drama.
THE LEGACY OF PAUL HINDEMITH
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 8:00 pm at Yale University's Sprague Hall
Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:30 pm at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall
Featuring music by Hindemith and Yale composers influenced by him
Fifty years after Hindemith's passing, Yale School of Music celebrates the influential composer as a leading voice in 20th century music and as an innovative pedagogue. A member of Yale's faculty for thirteen years, Hindemith developed unique approaches to music education and composition while cultivating a similarly adventurous spirit within his students. Hindemith helped establish the school's reputation as one of the leading programs in the country, and Yale honors this legacy with a program focusing on composers, faculty, and students who have felt this profound influence.
The Legacy of Paul Hindemith is a follow-up to last season's Yale in New York concert, "Hindemith: Master and Prankster," which showcased the humorous side of the composer's early works. This year's program features several Hindemith compositions from diverse chapters of his life. His quartet for four horns, written at Yale, will be introduced by Willie Ruff ('53BM, '54MM), who studied under Hindemith and performed in the composition's premiere. Two earlier works from the celebrated Opus 24 will be heard as well: Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet, and the jazz-influenced Kleine Kammermusik No. 1 written for flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, harmonium, piano, string quartet, and percussion.
In addition, the program features compositions from several of Hindemith's former students:
Alvin Etler (1913-1973), who joined the YSM faculty in 1942 as conductor of the Yale Bands, shared many artistic values with Hindemith; these values reached beyond pure musical aesthetic and advocated for a social relevance central to composition.
Lukas Foss (1922-2009) studied with Hindemith at Tanglewood in the summer of 1939 and then followed Hindemith to Yale, where he studied for one year. Foss also received an honorary degree from Yale in 1991.
Mitch Leigh ('51BM, '52MM) also embraced his teacher's philosophy of Gebrauchsmusik, or music within a broader context, as evidenced by his celebrated work as a theatrical composer for such productions as Man of La Mancha.
Mel Powell ('52BM) (1923-1998) was a jazz pianist prodigy who worked extensively with Benny Goodman. He was a serious composition student of Hindemith's at Yale (and classmate of Willie Ruff, who will speak at this concert). Powell was the founding dean of the music department of the California Institute of the Arts.
Yehudi Wyner ('50BA, '52BM, '53MM), yet another of Hindemith's students who has since enjoyed a fruitful career-and taught at the Yale School of Music from 1963-77-contributes to the program a piece written earlier this year entitled Concordance for piano and strings, which The Boston Globe called an "eloquently contemplative new work." Wyner will play the piano part in his own piece.
Committed to upholding both the innovations of the past and the possibilities of the future,The Legacy of Paul Hindemith connects this spirit of invention across generations.
Tickets at $20-$35 can be purchased beginning two months before the concert at the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street and 7th Ave.), by calling CarnegieCharge at 212/247-7800, or at www.carnegiehall.org. Student and senior discounts are available.
Paul Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24, No. 2
Alvin Etler: Suite for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet
Mitch Leigh: The Impossible Dream
Mel Powell: Woodwind Quintet
Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Four Horns
Yehudi Wyner: Concordance for piano and strings (2013) (New York Premiere)
Lukas Foss: Three American Pieces for violin and piano
Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1, Op. 24
William Purvis, Yale faculty, horn
Wendy Sharp, Yale faculty, violin
Yehudi Wyner, piano