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Jasper String Quartet returns to Yale for Dec. 11 concert with pianist Wei-Yi Yang

December 10, 2012

Program features music by Mendelssohn, Ligeti, and Schumann

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Jasper String Quartet on Tuesday, December 11 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The program will feature string quartets by Mendelssohn and Ligeti, as well as Schumann’s majestic piano quintet with faculty pianist Wei-Yi Yang.

The concert opens with Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80. One of composer’s last major works, this piece was written in the shadow of the death of his sister, Fanny.

In Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1, subtitled “Metamorphoses nocturnes,” variations of the opening motif progress throughout the piece while exploring different textures and tone colors.

After intermission, pianist Wei-Yi Yang will join the ensemble for Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44. The piece, which showcases both conversational passages among the five instruments as well as passages setting the piano against the strings, helped establish the piano quintet as a serious genre.

The Jasper String Quartet was the Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music 2008–2010, studying with the Tokyo String Quartet. The members of the quartet are J Frevogel and Sae Chonabayashi, violins; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello.

Tickets to this concert of the season are $20–$30, $15 with student ID. Pick 3 sampler packages offer discounts of up to 20% off regular ticket prices. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

About the Performers

Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and as “powerful” (The New York Times). After winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Jaspers went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2008 Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs 2008, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, the quartet holds ensemble-in-residence positions at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Classic Chamber Concerts in Naples, Florida.
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Pianist Wei-Yi Yang enjoys a flourishing concert career, appearing before audiences in North and Central Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The New York Times praised him as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall. Winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Kumho Art Hall (Seoul), among many others. Born in Taiwan of Chinese and Japanese heritage, Mr. Yang studied with Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music and has worked with such artists as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Murray Perahia, and Hans Graf. Under the guidance of Boris Berman, Mr. Yang was awarded a DMA from Yale in 2004. He can be heard on the Renegade Classics, Albany, and Holland-America Music Society labels. He has appeared at festivals in Novi Sad, Monterrey, Kotor, Norfolk, and La Jolla, among others. Mr. Yang has recently collaborated with such artists as Frederica von Stade and the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets. He joined the Yale faculty in 2005.

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