New Yale Library Miles Hoffman Concert Series opens April 19

  • Man in dark suit and red tie, with wavy black and gray hair, smiles at camera, holding a viola in front of chest
  • Five musicians, three women and two men, pose for camera. One man holds viola, woman with short red hair holds flute
April 2, 2024

On April 19, at 4 p.m., the American Chamber Players will present Yale Library’s inaugural Miles Hoffman Concert at the United Church on the New Haven Green. The ensemble’s innovative repertoire ranges from classic works and neglected masterpieces to newly commissioned American compositions. The concert is free and open to the public.

This newly established Yale Library concert series—sponsored by the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library—was endowed through the generosity of Dr. Jeffrey V. Ravetch ’73 in memory of his friend and Yale College classmate Miles Hoffman ’73. Hoffman, who was a prize-winning violist and eminent classical music commentator on NPR, founded the American Chamber Players in 1985. Hoffman died in August 2023 at age 71.

Each spring, Yale Library’s annual Hoffman Concert will bring to life music held within the library’s special collections. Future concerts will often feature Yale’s own student musicians and, when possible, will bring live performances into Yale Library spaces.  

—Deborah Cannarella

Images: Miles Hoffman; the American Chamber Players (left to right): pianist Anna Stoytcheva, violist Miles Hoffman, cellist Stephen Balderston, violinist Joanna Maurer, and flutist Sara Stern. Photos by Mary Noble Ours.