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Yale Philharmonia to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 4

October 8, 2009

Concert opens with Brahms, including the Variations on a Theme of Haydn

Hahm_conducting_a_emailMusic director Shinik Hahm will lead the Yale Philharmonia in a program of Brahms and Mahler on Friday, October 23 at 8 pm. The free concert will take place in historic Woolsey Hall, where nearly 100 years ago (in February of 1910) Mahler himself conducted the illustrious New York Philharmonic in a concert of music ranging from Bach to Berlioz. Mahler will be represented by his Symphony No. 4. The last movement of this popular work will feature the Korean soprano Jihee Kim, a young artist in the Yale Opera program. Two well-known pieces by Johannes Brahms comprise the first half of the concert: the Academic Festival Overture and Variations on a Theme of Haydn.

For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s website or call 203 432-4158.

About the performers

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall and Yale Opera productions in the Shubert Theater. In addition to its New Haven appearances, the Yale Philharmonia has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Shinik Hahm was appointed Music Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music in 2004. One of the most dynamic and innovative conductors of our time, Hahm is a sought-after musician among top North American, South American, European, and Far Eastern orchestras. In 2006 Maestro Hahm successfully completed his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, with which he toured the U.S. in 2004 and Japan in 2005. The DPO and Hahm performed in leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall (New York), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore), Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and Osaka Symphony Hall. Hahm served as Music Director of the Abilene (TX) Philharmonic Orchestra for a decade (1993-2003), successfully converting the community ensemble into a professional regional orchestra.

Soprano Jihee Kim’s passion for both the art song and opera brought her to the United States to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied voice with John Shirley-Quirk and Ah Young Hong and coached with Ernest Ligon. In 2006, she made her debut solo performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music singing Poulenc’s Gloria with the Peabody Concert Orchestra, the Peabody Singers, and the Peabody-Hopkins Chorus under the baton of Maestro Edward Polochick. Opera roles at Peabody included Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. After earning both a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody, she entered the Artist Diploma program in 2009 at the Yale School of Music as a student of Doris Yarick-Cross.

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