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The State of the Institute
Martin Jean with Melanie Ross, March 2, 1010
photo courtesy www.JAdametzPhotographer.com
Any moment in which we live holds in tension the past, present, and future, and we at the Institute have been mindful of these intersections, particularly in the transitions of the last few months.
First, we remember the passing of four leaders in church music who died within the year. While they are not graduates of Union or Yale, their lives are an inspiration to our students and faculty alike. They are “household names” in Christian worship and music. | learn more
Great Organ Music at Yale: Season Finale in Marquand Chapel
The Great Organ Music at Yale series concluded its 2009-2010 season with two concerts of Baroque music on the Baroque organ in New Haven’s Marquand Chapel.
On Friday, April 16, Hans Davidsson offered a program of Buxtehude, and also reprised Matthew Suttor’s Syntagma, which had been commissioned for the inauguration of the instrument in 2007., On Sunday, April 18, Masaaki Suzuki performed works of Sweelinck, Scheidt, Scheidemann, Lübeck, Buxtehude, and Bruhns in a program that included three cantatas by Buxtehude with soprano soloist Awet Andemicael (MAR '09).
The Krigbaum Organ, dedicated in 2007, is tuned in meantone temperament, a tuning system prevalent in the seventeenth century. This tuning system allows certain harmonies to sound “sweeter” or more “pure” and others to sound more dissonant or “active.” This Taylor & Boody organ is one of only a very few in the world ideally suited and with the acoustical resources for the performance of music of earlier periods in a manner that is historically authentic. | learn more
Schola Cantorum: Final Concert of the Season
Masaaki Suzuki led the Yale Schola Cantorum in a program of music by Monteverdi and Schütz to conclude the 2009-10 season.
The concert was at St. Michael’s Church in New York City (225 West 99th St.) at 8 pm on Saturday, May 1, and repeated in New Haven at St. Mary’s Church (5 Hillhouse Ave.) on Sunday, May 2 at 3 pm.
photo: Robert Lisak
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On the program were works from Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale, as well as several pieces, including a Magnificat and three different settings of Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, by Schütz. Robert Mealy, the noted period violinist, was the concertmaster.
Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of Bach. He has remained their Music Director ever since, taking them regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the USA, and building up an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement and truth of his performances. He is now regularly invited to work together with renowned European soloists and groups, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and the Freiburger Barockorchester, with whom he visited several European capitals, and he recently appeared in London with the Britten Sinfonia in a program of Britten, Mozart and Stravinsky. Forthcoming engagements with other ensembles include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Nagoya Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestras.Suzuki’s impressive discography on the BIS label, featuring Bach’s complete works for harpsichord, and his interpretations of Bach’s major choral works and sacred cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan (of which he has already completed over forty volumes of a project to record the complete series) have brought him critical acclaim.
The Believer's Journey Exhibition
The Believer’s Journey: The Art of Jae-Im Kim, artist in residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, was on display at Yale Institute of Sacred Music from March 1 through April 16.
Jae-Im Kim belongs to the first generation of Korean abstract expressionists: as a lyric abstract expressionist, her work is largely inspired by “the dance of the spirit,” and a cheerful contemplative spirituality. Her gestural paintings and torn-paper collages are derivative of her training in oriental calligraphy, dance and music. Inspired by the expression of the sacred and the conceptual, her works radiate a truly captivating energy that isvibrant and chromatic, full of rhythm and melody.
A graduate of Seoul National University’s Dept. of Fine Arts, Jae-Im Kim is a prolific and engaging artist who has had a distinguished and successful international career. Since her first solo exhibition in Seoul in 1960, her work has been exhibited extensively in Europe and Asia, in solo and group shows. Her colorful paintings, which are infused with Oriental rhythms, have been part of larger exhibitions, such as the Korean Women Painters Association exhibition held at the National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan (1983), and exchange exhibitions held in Paris, France (1982), and Kathmandu, Nepal (1983).
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