Letters from Argentina:
A Chat With Héctor del Curto

By Janet Reynolds

People often think of rhythm when they call up tango music. But the real heart of all things tango is the bandoneón.

delCurto_playingWe caught up with Héctor del Curto, who will be performing on the opening special event on July 8 (An Evening of Tangos), to learn more about this instrument.

The bandoneón originated in Germany and was invented to replace the organ for use in processions. The bandoneon is a small portable organ that comes from the concertina.

It is also a tricky instrument to play. “The keyboard has no logic. There is no order in the buttons so all the notes are mixed. With a chromatic scale you go all over the place,” del Curto says before ending with a joke. “It was created in Germany — they drink a lot so that’s why the instrument is like that.” MORE

Published June 30, 2016
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The First Concert at the “Norfolk Music School” 75 Years Ago On June 27

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The 1941 admissions brochure for the Norfolk Music School

On June 23, 1941, the newly formed “Norfolk Music School” opened its doors.  Five days later on June 27, at 3:00 in the afternoon, the first concert was held at Battell House.
“The Music Shed… is now used by students for organ practice and will be the scene of concerts and community singing later on.” (Musical America, July 1941)

The opening concert featured  violinist, Hugo Kortschak, cellist Emmeran Stoeber and pianist Bruce Simonds performing piano trios of Mozart, Brahms and Ravel. MORE

Published June 27, 2016
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Paul Hawkshaw to retire as Director
of Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Yale School of Music  (January 15, 2016)

Music Shed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, announced today that the School of Music and the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival will have a major leadership transition in 2016. Paul Hawkshaw, who has served as the festival’s director since 2004, will retire after the 2016 season. Melvin Chen, Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Music, has been appointed as Hawkshaw’s successor. MORE

Published January 19, 2016
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Robert Blocker reappointed as
Dean of Yale School of Music

Robert Blocker, Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of MusicUniversity President Peter Salovey announced recently that Robert Blocker will be reappointed to a fifth term as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music. The new five-year term will be effective July 1, 2016.

In a message to the University community, Salovey wrote: “This renewal is a reflection of Dean Blocker’s record as a transformative leader who has advanced the school—and the university more broadly—in significant ways. As dean, he has galvanized philanthropic support for music at Yale including the landmark gift that made the school tuition free; set new standards of educational excellence by recruiting world-class members of the faculty; and led our efforts to renovate and develop the school’s facilities—projects that will have impact on generations of musicians to come.”  MORE

Published September 29, 2015
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Work On The Music Shed Is Beginning

Music_Shed_Vladislav_YeliseyevWe are thrilled to announce that work is beginning on Phase 1 of the restoration of our beloved Music Shed. This phase is expected to be finished in the spring of 2016. The concert seasons will not be affected by the construction in any way.

We are going to begin by securing the perimeter of the building. Phase 1 will include rebuilding the original cupola for cooling and ventilation purposes, a new roof and refurbishment of the outside walls, windows and doors. Replacing the cupola that was destroyed by lightening decades ago will restore the natural ventilation system of the original building. We will monitor its impact on the prevailing temperatures before identifying what measures will be required to further cool the building during hot spells. MORE

Published August 7, 2014
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Scholarship in Honor of Harris Goldsmith

HarrisGoldsmithRenowned cellist and artist, Aldo Parisot and his wife, pianist Elizabeth Parisot, have established a Norfolk scholarship in memory of Harris Goldsmith.

Mr. Goldsmith, was at once a pianist, music critic, writer and teacher. He was also a staunch supporter of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and its mission of providing a world-cass musical training ground for young professionals.

Known for his wit and encyclopedic memory of recordings and performances, Mr. Goldsmith was a frequent contributor to Musical America and High Fidelity as well as a prolific writer of liner and program notes. As a concert pianist Mr. Goldsmith was best known for his recordings of the Beethoven sonatas, and as critic he excelled both stinging barbs and lavish praise. MORE

Published August 1, 2014
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Name A Music Shed Chair

index_marquee_chairPatrons may name one of the historic Music Shed chairs in perpetuity for a contribution of $250. Your chair(s) will remain in place in the hall with an attractive plaque identifying the donor(s) or dedicatee(s) and a text of up to 40 characters of the donor’s choice. MORE

Published June 5, 2014
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