On Wednesday, March 2, the Yale School of Music will remember Ezra Laderman with a concert of his music. Laderman, a widely heralded and prolific composer, served as Dean of the Yale School of Music from 1989 to 1995 and on faculty as professor of music until his retirement in 2013.
Yale School of Music faculty, students, and alumni will celebrate Laderman’s legacy with performances of his music, including the world premiere of his Partita for Solo Violin. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Morse Recital Hall at Sprague Memorial Hall and is free and open to the public.
In addition, The Gilmore Music Library at Yale University will present an exhibit titled Ezra Laderman: In Memoriam, on display February 26 to April 5. It includes music, photographs, and other materials, drawing upon the Ezra Laderman Papers at the library as well as items on loan from the Laderman family. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours.
Ezra Laderman (1924–2015), Professor Emeritus of Composition, was a composer whose works included twelve string quartets, eleven concertos, and eight symphonies; six dramatic oratorios, music for dance, seven operas, and music for two Academy Award-winning films. In the words of Anthony Tommasini, “Mr. Laderman’s gruff, kinetic music mixes pungently atonal elements into a harmonic language that is tonally rooted and clearly directed.” After joining the Yale School of Music community as a composer-in-residence in 1988, Laderman served as Dean from 1989 to 1995. Under his leadership, the Artist Diploma was added to the School’s degree programs in 1993. After his tenure as Dean, he served as Professor of Music until his retirement in 2014, when he was named Professor Emeritus in 2014. Read more here.