Historic Wooster Square Association

Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Festival Kick-off Concert
April 22, 2017 •  7:30 p.m.
 St. Michael Church on the Square  
Voluntary donations to the Church welcome

LEON PLANTINGA, Concert Director
The Henry L & Lucy G Moses Prof Emeritus of Music at Yale, Plantinga graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1957. He received a M.Mus. in piano performance from Michigan State University in 1959, and a Ph.D. in the History of Music from Yale in 1964. On the Yale faculty from 1963 until his retirement in 2005, Plantinga served as chair of the Department of Music for 10 years. He has written widely on music of the later 18th and the 19th centuries, with books on Schumann as a music critic, a life and works study of Muzio Clementi, a history of nineteenth-century European music, and a study of the Beethoven concertos. 


Described as the "the double reed queen of the new music world" by the Hartford Courant, Van Cleve is a foremost interpreters of chamber and contemporary music for the oboe. She is the author of "Oboe Unbound", the co-author of the award-winning book/CD publication, "Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington." She has a DMA from Yale School of Music, her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and her BA, Magna cum Laude, from Bowdoin College. She is the oboe teacher at Connecticut College and Wesleyan University and Director of Yale’s Oral History of American Music.  LibbyVanCleve.com.

JACK VEES, Electric Guitar
Jack Vees’ early musical training was in piano and tuba, but he soon switched to electric guitar.  He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, where he studied composition with Morton Subotnick, Louis Andriessen, Vinko Globokar, and Bernard Rands.  Vees is now a prominent composer, performer, and educator in electronic music composition and performance.  He is director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology at the Yale School of Music.

HANNAH LASH, Harp, Composer

Hailed by The New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding,” Lash's music has been performed worldwide with commissions from the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Carnegie Hall among others. Her many honors and prizes include a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony. She has a Ph.D in Composition from Harvard University in 2010 and currently serves on the composition faculty at Yale University School of Music.

Martin Bresnick’s compositions, from opera, chamber and symphonic music to film scores and computer music, are performed throughout the world.  His music ranges widely from aspects of contemporary minimalism to gestures of raw power resembling rock, to vivid structures with political import.  He has received a great many commissions and prizes, including the first Charles Ives Living Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  He is an acclaimed teacher of composition at the Yale School of Music.

JANNA BATEY, Mezzo Soprano

Janna Baty has been a member of the voice faculty at the Yale School of Music since 2008.  She has performed widely in concert and opera, including appearances with the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and the Boston Lyric Theater.  A noted specialist in contemporary music, she has worked with many leading composers, among them Yehudi Wyner, Peter Child, and John Harbison.  With the Boston Modern Orchestra Project she has recorded a series of works by Lucas Foss, Eric Sawyer, and John Harbison.


Elly Toyoda, from Osaka, Japan, has performed in Asia, Europe, and North America.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Alumni Prize.  An avid player of contemporary music, she was appointed concertmistress of Yale’s New Music of Orchestra project.  She has performed at the National Sawdust, New York, and has premiered works at the Norfolk, Lucerne, and Talis Festivals. 


Julian Darius Revie is composer-in-residence at the Center for Music and Liturgy, St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University.  His works have been widely performed in venues that include the Sidney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.  In 2016 he was winner of the the biennial composition competition of the Vatican.  He has played organ since childhood and has held positions of organist in major churches.  He is a first prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition in Organ Performance.