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Shinik Hahm leads the Yale Philharmonia in two works of Richard Strauss and the Fourth Symphony of Brahms on Thursday, November 18

Woolsey Competition winner Carl Oswald, oboe, to play Strauss Concerto
October 25, 2010


The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and conductor-in-residence Shinik Hahm on Thursday, November 18 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets, New Haven). The program features the music of Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms.

Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan opens the evening, led by Adrian Slywotzky, a conducting fellow at the School of Music. The piece depicts the exploits of Don Juan, the same storyline that Yale Opera will explore in its winter production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Oboist Carl Oswald, a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition, will join the orchestra for Strauss’s Oboe Concerto in D major. Strauss wrote the concerto for John De Lancie, a GI stationed in Germany after World War II who in civilian life had played oboe in the Pittsburgh Orchestra – and who later would serve for 30 years as principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert will conclude with Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor, considered by many one of the composer’s greatest masterpieces. Despite its dark tone, the work was acclaimed from its very first performance in 1885 and has been enormously popular ever since.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 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, the resident conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, has been a professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music since 2004. A dynamic and innovative musician, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. In 2006 Maestro Hahm 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. Hahm served as Music Director of the Abilene (Tex.) Philharmonic Orchestra for a decade (1993-2003), successfully converting the community ensemble into a professional regional orchestra.

Carl Oswald, oboe, is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Music who began his oboe studies at Peabody Preparatory School before moving on to the University of Maryland.  Upon graduating from Yale with a master’s degree, Carl was accepted into The Academy, a teaching and performing fellowship sponsored by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. As a result, he has performed in many venues across New York City including Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Carl is an active promoter of chamber and new music, and a new member of the Sospiro Winds, a woodwind quintet dedicated to bringing chamber music to the community. Carl has also appeared as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Having participated in several summer festivals, programs, and tours, he has performed in international cities including Sapporo, Osaka, and Tokyo, Japan; Acarigua, Venezuela; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Tallinn, Estonia.  Carl’s primary teachers have included Stephen Taylor, Mark Hill, and Ray Still.

Conductor Adrian Slywotzky has been active as a musician in the New Haven area since 1998. For the last three years he has been the director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra, and he is the founding conductor of the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra. Since 2005, Adrian has been on the conducting staff of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and he is serving as interim conductor of the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra for the 2008-2010 seasons. For five years he was Director of Instrumental Music at Hopkins School in New Haven, and he has taught at Neighborhood Music School, Elm City ChamberFest, and the Southern Maine String Camp. As a violinist, Adrian has participated in festivals including Tanglewood, California Summer Music, and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival. Adrian holds a BA in architecture from Yale College, where he studied violin with Kyung Yu, and an MM in Violin Performance from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Wendy Sharp. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music.

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