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YSM pianists survey Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas

November 17, 2011

Dec. 5 & 7 in New Haven, Dec. 11 in New York

The Yale School of Music presents all of the Prokofiev Piano Sonatas in two pairs of performances: December 5 and 7 at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, and December 11 at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The concerts, which are presented by Yale in New York and the Horowitz Piano Series, feature performers selected in a competition open to all graduate-level piano students. The events mark the publication of a new performance edition of the sonatas, edited by faculty member and Prokofiev specialist Boris Berman.

The first program (Dec. 5 at 8 pm in New Haven, and Dec. 11 at 5:30 pm in New York) will frame the project by presenting the first and last of Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas. Naomi Woo ’13MM will perform the Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1; Euntaek Kim ’13AD will play the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14; and David Fung ’12MMA will perform the second version of the Sonata No. 5 in C major. The second half of the concert opens with the Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103, performed by Esther Park ’12AD. The concert closes with the Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29, played by Scott MacIsaac ’14CERT.

The three War Sonatas are the focus of the second program (Dec. 7 at 8 pm in New Haven, Dec. 11 at 8:30 pm in New York). Lee Dionne ’13MM will open the concert with the Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84, and Larry Weng ’12AD will perform the Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83. Melody Quah ’13AD will play the Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28, titled “From Old Notebooks.” The series will close with the whirlwind of the Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82, performed by Henry Kramer ’13AD.

Each performer studies with Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, or Wei-Yi Yang. Boris Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo piano works of Prokofiev, and he is the author of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer.

New Haven Info

Concerts take place Monday, Dec. 5 and Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets are $5 general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

New York Info

Concerts take place Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (57th Street at 7th Avenue, New York City). Tickets are $10 general admission. Tickets are available at carnegiehall.org, at the box office, or through CarnegieCharge: 212 247-7800.

Program 1: First and Last

No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1 • Naomi Woo ’13 MM
No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14 • Euntaek Kim ’13AD
No. 5 in C major (second version), Op. 135 • David Fung ’12MMA
No. 9 in C major, Op. 103 • Esther Park ’12AD
No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29 • Scott MacIsaac ’14CERT

Program 2: The War Sonatas

No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84 • Lee Dionne ’13MM
No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83 • Larry Weng ’12AD
No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28, “From Old Notebooks” • Melody Quah ’13AD
No. 6 in A major, Op. 82 • Henry Kramer ’13AD

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