Summer of song for Yale music groups

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Musical ambassadors of Yale fanned out across the globe this summer, singing, blogging, sightseeing and making new friends.

The Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki, and the Yale Baroque Ensemble, under the baton of Robert Mealy, joined their vocal and instrumental talents during a tour in Italy. In Rome, Florence and Milan, the Schola reprised the performance of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” that had won the group accolades this spring in New Haven and New York.

The Spizzwinks(?) embarked on their three-week tour of European capitals in London on May 13, with Redhot and Blue leaving shortly afterwards for Paris and London. The Spizzwinks(?) singers capped off their summer tour in Denmark, singing with members of the Yale Glee Club, who were just beginning theirs.


Retracing the route of their first international tour more than 80 years ago, the Glee Club sang their way through Northern and Central Europe, ending in Istanbul. In the Turkish capital, they performed with the Yale Alumni Chorus, which was just embarking on its musical spin. The singing alumni finished their two-week tour in Georgia and Armenia.

The members of the Yale Concert Band, under the direction of Tom Duffy, played their way around South Africa and Swaziland, accompanied by Marichal Gentry, dean of student affairs at Yale College, who chronicled the journey online.

Whim ‘n’ Rhythm took a jaunt through Europe, touching down in Arezzo, Copenhagen and Berlin, and the Yale Whiffenpoofs covered the planet: The group’s world tour began in New Zealand, continued across Asia, from Japan to India, and, after  two weeks in the Middle East (with Concert for Peace in Jerusalem) and another two in Africa, the singers gave their coda performances in Western Europe. Check out Micah Tendler’s World Tour Blog.

Closer to home, two 2011 Yale grads, Cory Finley and Matthew George, had their plays, “The Private Sector” and  “Cow Play,” respectively, produced in New York.

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