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Yale Philharmonia features composer Martin Bresnick in concert of New Music for Orchestra Dec. 9

November 18, 2010

Other works in the Sprague Hall concert include Andy Akiho’s concerto for steel pans and Reena Esmail’s Aria with Hindustani vocalist Meena Shivram

The Yale School of Music presents its annual New Music for Orchestra concert with the Yale Philharmonia on Thursday, December 9 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The concert will feature Pan Penseroso, a flute concerto by faculty composer Martin Bresnick. Renowned flutist Ransom Wilson, also a member of the YSM faculty, will perform the solo.

Also on the program are several pieces by second-year graduate students in the Yale School of Music’s prestigious composition department. Andy Akiho, whose virtuosity on the steel pans was just featured in a November 12th On Common Ground concert, will play the solo in his own Concerto for Steel Pans. Meena Shivram will be the Hindustani vocalist in Reena Esmail‘s Aria. Also on the program are Adrian Knight‘s Comblé and Omar Surillo‘s Partner in Crime. Adrian Slywotzky and Yang Jiao, conducting fellows at the School of Music, will each lead one work on the program. Shinik Hahm is the resident conductor of the Yale Philharmonia.

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.

Flutist Ransom Wilson was educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Juilliard, and in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal. As flute soloist he has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, Orpheus, London Symphony Orchestra, I Solisti Veneti, and the chamber orchestras of Nice, Stuttgart, Cologne, and the Netherlands. He is an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is the music director and principal conductor of Solisti New York, which he founded in 1981; music director of Opera Omaha and the San Francisco Chamber Symphony; and artistic director of the OK Mozart Festival. He has been a member of Yale School of Music faculty since 1991.

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