The Yale School of Music presents the Doctor of Musical Arts recital of composer Robinson McClellan on Thursday, September 30 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will feature solo and ensemble works composed between 2007 and 2010. McClellan has a special interest in Scottish bagpiping traditions, and the recital will include two pieces for pipes: Lament for the Flowers for Highland bagpipe, and Flight of the Earls, a concerto for uilleann pipes. McClellan’s interest in vocal music is reflected in the rest of the program, which includes Gather Me, for baritone and string quartet; The Gyre, for baritone and harp, and This Ravelled Dust: Cantata for a Nuclear Age, a choral work with tenor and baritone soloists.
Because of their large forces, Flight of the Earls and This Ravelled Dust will be represented by recordings from the premieres. Live performers will include Daniel Neer, baritone; Hyewon Kim and Ju Hyung Shin, violin; Amina Tébini, viola; Sung Chan Chang, cello; Alyssa Reit, harp; and Matthew Welch, Highland bagpipe.
Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.
Robinson McClellan (b. 1976) is a composer, scholar, teacher, and concert presenter. His choral and instrumental music is performed regularly in the U.S. and Europe, and has been heard in concert and liturgical settings such as the Oregon Bach Festival, Windsor Castle, the Monteverdi Choir Festival (Hungary), the Vatican, and others. Commissions have come from the Albany Symphony, Trio Eos, the Museum of Biblical Art, and the Fireworks Ensemble, among others. He has received composition awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and ASCAP, and was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. His choral music is published in Music by Heart and Feniarco’s Choraliter. He is the composer in residence of ActorCor, a choir dedicated to bridging religious divides. Robin has spent the past several years immersed in pibroch (piobaireachd), a rarely-heard bagpiping tradition rooted in 17th-century Gaelic Scotland. He has written on pipe music for CelticLife magazine, The Voice, and a recent anthology of Highland bagpipe-related scholarship. Robin is founder and director of El Salto, a forum for contemporary music in a context of broad-minded religious/humanist inquiry. The project is now hosted by the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Robin is on the music faculty at St. Francis College, Rutgers University, and the Lucy Moses School. He has studied at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music as well as at Vassar College, and his teachers have include Ingram Marshall, Ezra Laderman, Annea Lockwood, Richard Wilson, Martin Bresnick, and Aaron Jay Kernis.
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