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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs experimental music of the 17th century

Concert features Yale’s new baroque instruments
October 30, 2009

mealey_emailThe Yale Baroque Ensemble presents Stylus Fantasticus, a concert of experimental music from the seventeenth century on Tuesday, November 10 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall.

The evening’s program reawakens an era when composers were experimenting with formal invention and creating the first sonatas of Western music. This repertoire ranges from the avant-garde music of the early part of the seventeenth century to the contrapuntal ingenuity of Henry Purcell at the end of the century. With works for one, two, and three violins with basso continuo, the program will include music by composers such as Gabrieli, Castello, Uccellini, Biber, Schmelzer, Purcell, and others.

Robert Mealy is the director of the Yale Baroque Ensemble, whose members are Benjamin Charmot and Katherine Hyun, baroque violins; Daniel Lee, baroque violin and viola; Laura Usiskin, baroque cello; and Avi Stein, harpsichord.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit the School of Music’s website or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the performers

The Yale Baroque Ensemble is the Yale School of Music’s resident postgraduate ensemble specializing in historical performance. Members of the ensemble, all distinguished recent graduates of the YSM, spend a year in intensive study with Robert Mealy, professor of Early Music at the YSM and an internationally-acclaimed baroque violinist. The concert is not only the debut of this year’s ensemble, but also marks the first appearance of Yale’s new set of baroque instruments, recently acquired by the Collection of Musical Instruments.

One of America’s leading historical string players, Robert Mealy has been praised by the Boston Globe for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring,” and The New Yorker called him “a world-class early music violinist.” He has performed on more than fifty recordings on most major labels. In New York he is a frequent leader and soloist with the New York Collegium, ARTEK, Early Music New York, and the Clarion Society. He also leads the distinguished Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and has appeared as guest concertmaster and director with the Phoenix Symphony. A devoted chamber musician, he is a member of the medieval ensemble Fortune’s Wheel, the Renaissance violin band The King’s Noyse, and the seventeenth-century ensemble Spiritus Collective. Since 2002 he has performed frequently at Yale as director of the Yale Collegium Musicum players, and he received Early Music America’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching at Yale and Harvard in 2004. He joined the School of Music faculty in 2008.

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