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Yale School of Music presents Chaos and Order: dance suites from the French baroque, December 6

November 23, 2010

Program directed by celebrated early music specialist Robert Mealy

The Yale School of Music will present Chaos and Order, a concert of orchestral dance suites from the French baroque, on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Robert Mealy, “New York’s world-class early music violinist” (The New Yorker), will direct graduate instrumentalists from his Baroque performance practice class. The concert will feature three brilliant and inventive orchestral suites from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including incidental music from Lully’s Thésée and Rameau’s Pigmalion. The evening also includes a rare performance of Jean-Féry Rebel’s unusual ballet Les Elemens, a work that opens with a depiction of chaos in which all the notes of the scale are sounded at once. Rebel’s ballet suite goes on to illustrate the various elements (earth, air, fire, and water) that form the world, along with that most important element of all: love.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.

About Robert Mealy

Robert Mealy is one of America’s leading historical string players. He 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 recorded over 50 CDs on most major labels, ranging from Hildegard of Bingen with Sequentia and Renaissance consorts with the Boston Camerata to Rameau operas with Les Arts Florissants. 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 Quicksilver. Mr. Mealy joined the Yale School of Music faculty in 2008.

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