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Notes from David Yang

Cooking up a Baroque Concert

Playing baroque music is a kind of going back to the basic ingredients of our art form. The groundwork for rampant chromaticism and atonality, tone poems, symphonies of a thousand, even epic operatic cycles, was laid down well over three hundred years ago. The Baroque era is when classical music coalesced into the art form we recognize today. And the music of the baroque is as sophisticated and profound as anything that followed.

Notes from David Yang

“The Gift to Urashima Tarō”: Remembering our 2015 Collaboration with Exit Dance:

With Jay Reise’s retirement concert at the University of Pennsylvania coming up in a few days, I thought this would be a good time to look back at one of the most extraordinary pieces I have ever commissioned. Jay was Newburyport Chamber Music Festival’s composer-in-residence in 2015. Based on a Japanese folk tale with Rip van Winkle overtones, “The Gift to Urashima Tarō” was the result of a collaboration between NCMF and EXIT Dance.

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Reflections on NCMF Summer 2019

REFLECTIONS ON NCMF SUMMER 2019: A Visual Portrait

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Notes on 2019 Program: "A Day in the Life of Newburyport" by Robert Bradshaw

In advance of this summer’s festival, Artistic Director David Yang offers some of his program notes on the repertoire: Robert Bradshaw Commission

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Notes on 2019 Program: Dutilleux

I’ve wanted to program this incredible, weird, and magical piece for ages. Written in 1976, French composer Henri Dutilleux’s “Ainsi la nuit” (Thus the Night) has become a modern classic.

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Notes on 2019 Program: Shostakovich

After another successful Book Salon on Tuesday, June 18th focusing on Shostakovich and the book "The Noise of Time" (by Julian Barnes), David Yang offered the program note for Shostakovich’s 6th String Quartet featured on the festival this summer.

Notes from David Yang

Notes on 2019 Program: Mozart

In advance of this summer’s festival, Artistic Director David Yang is sending out some of the program notes he has written on the repertoire, in this instance Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421.

Notes from David Yang

An Introduction to Summer Season #18 (August 2019) - Part I (Part II will go out in July and contain links to all the pieces.)

An Introduction to Summer Season #18 (August 2019) - Part I (Part II will contain links to all the pieces.

Concerts

Notes from the Michael Brown concert

David Yang reflects on conversation with and performance by Michael Brown.

Notes from David Yang

David shares some of Michael Brown's favorite performances by other artists of works on his upcoming concert program

David Yang shares some of Michael Brown's favorite performances by other artists of the works on Michael's March 30th NCMF concert.

Notes from David Yang

2019: Our 18th Season Begins!

2019: Our 18th Season begins with Michael Brown, pianist and composer.

October News from one of our Summer 2018 artists and more...

October update from one our 2018 artists and preview of Winter Baroque 2018

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