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Guest conductor Jahja Ling ’85DMA leads the Yale Philharmonia April 20

March 28, 2012

“Ling was an unerring guide and source of inspiration… Ling and the orchestra made it a magnetic experience.”
–Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jahja Ling, conductor

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale under renowned guest conductor (and alumnus) Jahja Ling on Friday, April 20. Harpist Kristan Toczko will be a featured soloist. The program will include music of Brahms, Ginastera, and Dvorak.

Jahja Ling, who studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music (’85DMA), was resident conductor of the illustrious Cleveland Orchestra for many years and is now music director of the San Diego Symphony. He now returns to Yale to conduct his alma mater’s orchestra.

Of one recent performance, the Cleveland Plain Dealer raved, “Ling turned every moment into a compelling statement.”

The April 20th program opens with the colorful Academic Festival Overture of Johannes Brahms, who wrote the piece as a musical thank-you.

Kristan Toczko, harp

Kristan Toczko, a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition, is the soloist in the vibrant Harp Concerto of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera.

The concert will conclude with a fitting welcome to spring: Dvorák’s radiant Symphony No. 8 in G major.

The concert is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. The event begins at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

Donations for famine relief in the Horn of Africa will be accepted through the Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity in collaboration with the Peace Islands Institute and Helping Hands Relief Foundation.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

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, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale 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 the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Jahja Ling’s conducting career has earned him worldwide acclaim for his musical integrity and depth of expression. Now in his sixth season as music director of the San Diego Symphony, Mr. Ling has received the highest praise for his performances, broadcasts, and recordings. Born in Indonesia, Mr. Ling won the Jakarta Piano Competition at age 17. He earned a master’s degree from the Juilliard School and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music in 1985. As a guest conductor, Mr. Ling has led all of the major symphony orchestras in North America, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, and as guest conductor for most of the prominent orchestras in Asia and Europe. From 1998–2001, he served as artistic director of the Taiwan National Symphony; he enjoys a long association with the Cleveland Orchestra. Deeply committed to music education, Mr. Ling served as founding music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (1986–1993) and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (1981–84). Mr. Ling’s recordings include a range of works on the Telarc, Azica Records, and Continuum labels.

Kristan Toczko plays both harp and piano and has found her place on stage with both instruments. Ms. Toczko began her instrumental studies through the Royal Conservatory of Music program in her hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick, receiving several awards for both harp and piano. She graduated with a B.Mus. in harp performance from McGill University, where she studied with Jennifer Swartz, and is currently an M.M. candidate at the Yale School of Music, studying with June Han. In 2005 Ms. Toczko was one of two named Jeunes Artiste for Atlantic Canada, in which she was awarded a recording session for national broadcast by CBC Radio-Canada. In 2010, Ms. Toczko placed first in the harp category of the prestigious OSM Standard Life Competition in Montreal, receiving the Banff Centre for the Arts prize.  In 2011, she was a winner in the ECSO Concerto Competition, Yale’s Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, and the Yale Chamber Music Society Competition. Ms. Toczko was invited to participate at the 11th World Harp Congress and Festival in Vancouver this summer to perform in a solo concert and as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. An avid orchestral harpist, Ms. Toczko has performed as principal harpist with several orchestras in eastern Canada. Studying with Heidi Krutzen, Ms. Toczko has toured twice with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She recently attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, studying under Deborah Hoffman and Nancy Allen, and this summer she attended the National Orchestral Institute studying with Elizabeth Hainen.

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