Yale in New York to Kick Off 2013-14 Season with THE LEGACY OF PAUL HINDEMIETH, 11/22
Yale in New York, Carnegie Hall, The Legacy of Paul Hindemieth
Yale School of Music opens the 2013-14 season of YALE IN NEW YORK with THE LEGACY OF PAUL HINDEMIETH on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:30pmat Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.
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 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 fall's program features several Hindemith compositions from diverse chapters of his life. His quartet for four horns, written at Yale, will be introduced by jazz horn pioneer Willie Ruff ('53BM, '54MM), who studied under Hindemith and performed in the composition's first read-through. Two earlier works from the celebrated Opus 24 will be heard as well: Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet, and the jazz-influenced 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. Leigh has also enjoyed great success as a jingle-writer (ex: "Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee"); his latest project is planning amajor housing development in New Jersey for artists and "nice people."
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 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.