Program Update: Baroque chamber orchestra to perform suites from Telemann’s Tafelmusik

The Yale School of Music will present Musique de Table: festive baroque orchestral suites from Telemann’s Tafelmusik (1733) on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. This program celebrates Telemann’s landmark collection of suites and concertos known as “Tafelmusik,” and written for performance by his Hamburg collegium musicum: an ensemble of students much like our own. Performers are members of Robert Mealy’s class on baroque performance practice, with students playing on Yale’s own collection of baroque bows.

The program will include Telemann’s Overture for Trumpet and Oboe in D major; Concerto for Flute, Violin, and Cello in A major; Ouverture for Two Flutes in E minor; and Ouverture for Two Oboes in B-flat.

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Published April 28, 2010
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Yale’s last Lunchtime Chamber Music concert of the year at Sprague Hall May 5

The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). This free event features a colorful variety of ensembles composed of graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. The program will include selections from Beethoven’s String Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3; Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp; Reinecke’s Trio for Piano, Oboe and Horn, Op. 188; John Cage’s Four3; and Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 5, “Spring.”

This will be the School of Music’s last lunchtime chamber music performance of the 2009-10 academic year. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

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Published April 28, 2010
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Renowned early music performer Robert Mealy directs a period performance of Italian and German concertos and sinfonias

Robert Mealy, director

The Yale School of Music will present a concert of music for baroque chamber orchestra on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). The concert will showcase performers from the School of Music and the Department of Music, directed by the acclaimed violinist and early music specialist Robert Mealy. The program will feature concertos and sinfonias from Italy and Germany. Performers are students in Robert Mealy’s class in historically-informed performance practice. MORE

Published April 27, 2010
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YSM’s Charis Piano Trio wins strings prize at Coleman Competition

Helen (Hyerin) Kim, violin

The Charis Piano Trio – Helen Kim, violin; Yoonhee Ko, cello; and Jeong-ah Ryu, piano – won the top prize in the strings division at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, held Saturday, April 24 in Los Angeles. The trio was coached by cellist Ole Akahoshi, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty as well as a graduate of the school.

In this year’s Coleman Competition, the Alice Coleman Prize was awarded to the Red Line Sax Quartet of the Eastman School of Music; the Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds and Brass was awarded to the QuadrATOMIC Saxophone Quartet of Duquesne University; and the Coleman-Barstow Prize for Strings went to the Charis Trio.

The judges for the 2010 competition were: Susan Greenberg, flute; Marc Johnson, cello; Douglas Masek, saxophone; Edith Orloff, piano; and Michael Tree, viola. The competition took place on April 24th in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium. The winners presented a formal concert on Sunday, April 25th. View the official results page HERE.

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Published April 27, 2010
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U.S. premiere of Verdery’s Give, dedicated to Ted Kennedy, featured in May 5 Guitar Chamber Music concert

Benjamin Verdery, artistic director

The Yale School of Music will present a concert of Guitar Chamber Music on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The concert will showcase graduate performers in music for multiple guitars as well as guitar with other instruments. Benjamin Verdery, the chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music, is the artistic director of the concert.

The program will feature the U.S. premiere of Give, a work by Verdery written for eight guitars and dedicated to the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Verdery composed Give for Thomas Offermann and the guitar ensemble of the Hochschule for Music and Theatre (HMT) in Rostock, Germany, where it was premiered last October. The piece develops material from his previous composition Peace, Love, and Guitars, which was written for classical guitarist John Williams and jazz guitarist John Etheridge. Also on the concert is Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Quintet for guitar and string quartet, as well as music by Mauro Giuliani and Stephen Goss.

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Published April 22, 2010
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Yale Opera’s Liederabend offers an evening of French song

Rising opera stars perform art songs by Bizet, Poulenc, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and more

The Yale School of Music presents the rising stars of Yale Opera in an evening of French song on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The performance continues Yale Opera’s tradition of Liederabend, evenings of art songs focusing on a single country or language. This France-inspired concert will include music by Bizet, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Duparc, and Debussy. Pianists Timothy Shaindlin and Kyle Swann will provide musical direction and accompaniment. Doris Yarick-Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.

The Liederabend (German for “evening of song”) will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s website or call 203 432-4158. MORE

Published April 21, 2010
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Yale School of Music presents winning performances of chamber music in May 4 concert

Featuring music of Brahms, Elliott Carter, and a riveting theatrical work by Mauricio Kagel

Emil Khudyev, clarinet, who will perform the Brahms Clarinet Quintet

The Yale School of Music presents the winners of the 2010 Chamber Music Competition in an exciting concert on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The competition is an annual event in which graduate students in the Yale School of Music’s chamber music program (directed by Wendy Sharp) perform before a panel of faculty judges. The winners repeat their performances on this annual concert presented by the Chamber Music Society at Yale.

This year’s concert will open with Elliott Carter’s Woodwind Quintet with Itay Lanter, flute; Carl Oswald, oboe; In Hyung Hwang, clarinet; Leelanee Sterrett, horn; and Jeremy Friedland, bassoon. The Brahms Clarinet Quintet will feature Emil Khudyev, clarinet; Domenic Salerni, violin; Farkhad Khudyev, violin; Erin Tuncer, viola; and Sunhee Jeon, cello. Farkhad and Emil Khudyev are brothers who hail from Turkmenistan. The second half of the concert will feature Mauricio Kagel’s Dressur, a theatrical, circus-themed work for percussion trio performed by Candy Chiu, John Corkill, and Ian Rosenbaum. MORE

Published April 20, 2010
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Winners of the 2010 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition Announced

Carl Oswald, oboe

Winners will perform with the Yale Philharmonia next season

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the results of the 2010 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The competition took place on Saturday, April 10, and featured instrumentalists and vocalists selected by the faculty through departmental preliminaries. The three guest judges for this year’s competition were Julia Lichten, professor of cello at  the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase, and a member of Orpheus; Paul Rutman, professor of piano at The Hartt School; and Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at the Juilliard School and SUNY Stony Brook.

The three winners will appear as soloists with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale next season.

The 2010 winners, in alphabetical order, are:

Nathaniel Chase
Koussevitsky: Double Bass Concerto

Carl Oswald
Strauss: Oboe Concerto

Tyler Simpson
Strauss: Notturno

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Published April 16, 2010
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Penderecki Conducts Penderecki: The master of contemporary music leads the Yale Philharmonia

So acute is [Penderecki’s] ear for orchestral sound and so clever his manipulation of it that wood, metal and string take on an anthropomorphic quality.
–Bernard Holland, The New York Times

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in Penderecki Conducts Penderecki on Thursday, April 29 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall. Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the most influential and prolific composers of our time, makes a rare New Haven appearance conducting the Yale Philharmonia and faculty soloists William Purvis, horn, and Syoko Aki, violin. The program features four of the composer’s most important orchestral works, from the early and groundbreaking work Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima to the New Haven premiere of the 2008 Horn Concerto.

The “acute ear for orchestral sound” that so struck Bernard Holland will be showcased in a program that spans nearly a half century of composition. In addition to the Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1960) and Symphony No. 4 (1989), Penderecki and the orchestra will be joined by two Yale faculty artists: violinist Syoko Aki and French hornist William Purvis. Aki will be reunited with Penderecki and the orchestra in the Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra (1967), which they performed at Yale in 1977. Purvis will be the soloist in the Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (2008), subtitled “Winterreise.”

With a career that spans nearly five decades, Penderecki is one of the pioneering composers of the modern day. He was an iconic figure of the 1960s avant-garde and remains a vibrantly vital voice in contemporary music. His numerous awards include the UNESCO Award for Threnody and the Grawemeyer Award for the Symphony No. 4. Penderecki has a longstanding relationship with Yale; he served on the faculty of the School of Music from 1973 to 1979 and returned in 2005 to conduct his choral work Credo.

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Published April 15, 2010
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