Yale Opera announces casting for Capuleti

Yale Opera has announced the casting for its upcoming production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, which will take place February 15–17 at New Haven’s Shubert Theater. Performances are 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2 pm on Sunday.

Friday and Sunday

Giulietta: Claudia Rosenthal
Romeo: Vivien Shotwell
Tebaldo: Galeano Salas
Capellio: Nathan Milholin
Lorenzo: Alexander Hahn

Saturday

Giulietta: Alison King
Romeo: Aleks Romano
Tebaldo: Nikhil Navkal
Capellio: David Leigh
Lorenzo: Stephen Daniel

Click HERE to read more about the production, and click HERE to purchase tickets.

Published January 31, 2013
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CANCELLED: Orion String Quartet and Windscape perform Bach’s “Art of the Fugue”

NOTE: This concert has been cancelled. We regret that we were unable to reschedule it.

Windscape. Photo by Jeffrey Hornstein.

The Yale School of Music presents The Orion String Quartet & Windscape in a performance of Bach’s complete Art of the Fugue on Tuesday, February 12 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The Art of the Fugue, Bach’s study of the fugue form, is as mysterious as it is extensive. Bach did not specify the musical instruments he wrote for, but Samuel Baron’s arrangement for woodwind and string quartet has been called “wistful,” “playful,” “glowing,” and “intelligent” by the New York Times.

In this concert, Bach’s complete Art of the Fugue will be performed by one of today’s most sought-after string quartets and a wind quintet that has won renown for vibrant and inventive performances. The program, which premiered at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, has been recorded on Deutsche Grammophon. The Boston Globe praises the performers as musicians with a “certain aura—that of the fabulously skilled, much sought-after… who can tackle anything.”

This concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, at the Yale School of Music. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets are $25–$35, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published January 31, 2013
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New Music New Haven presents a world premiere by Ezra Laderman Feb. 7

“Ezra Laderman has been a major behind-the-scenes force in American music for many decades.”
–New Music Box

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, February 7, 2013. The event features a new piece by faculty composer Ezra Laderman alongside the music of five up-and-coming young composers.

The centerpiece of the concert is the world premiere of a new piece for solo bassoon by Laderman, performed by bassoonist (and YSM faculty member) Frank Morelli. “Morelli’s playing is a joy to behold,” says Gramophone, and the Miami Herald has praised his “breathtaking virtuosity.”

Preceding the Laderman work will be five new pieces by graduate composers: “Thrice” by James Rubino; “The Three Truths” by Matthew Welch; “Poems of the Night” by Balint Karosi; “Lamentation” byPolina Nazaykinskaya; and “Cliff Notes” by Stephen Feigenbaum.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. MORE

Published January 30, 2013
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Free Lunchtime Chamber Music concert Feb. 20

The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

This midday concert features a variety of chamber ensembles, each composed of musicians undertaking graduate study at the Yale School of Music. Faculty violinist Wendy Sharp is the director of the School’s chamber music program.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The concert takes place at 12:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven).

The Yale School of Music is unique in that all performance faculty coach chamber music, and all students are involved in chamber music for their entire tenure at the School. Ensembles come together each semester and receive weekly coachings from distinguished faculty and guest artists. Chamber groups often perform in the Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts, which take place at both Morse Recital Hall and the Center for British Art, and in the Vista series, in which performances are enhanced by spoken commentary on the music. Students also take part in the annual chamber music competition, whose winners are featured in an annual Chamber Music Society concert.

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

Published January 29, 2013
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Yale Choral Artists sing Brahms February 9

Updated Feb. 9, 2013: This concert has been cancelled because of the blizzard. We hope we will be able to reschedule. Please check our website for updates.

The Yale Glee Club and the Yale School of Music present a concert by the Yale Choral Artists on Saturday, February 9, at 8 pm.

Jeffrey Douma will conduct the performance, which will also feature the pianists Robert Blocker and Melvin Chen.

The concert features choral music of Johannes Brahms, including Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz (Op. 29, No. 2); Warum ist das Licht gegeben (Op. 74, No. 1); Nänie (Op. 82, piano four-hands version); and the Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street.

Paul Berry, Assistant Professor of Music History and a noted Brahms scholar, will give a pre-concert lecture in Sudler Hall (adjacent to Sprague Hall) at 7 pm.

The Yale Choral Artists is a professional choir recently founded by the Yale School of Music and the Yale Glee Club to enhance and enrich Yale’s strong commitment to the choral arts. The choir is a project-based ensemble comprised of leading singers from around the country. Current members of the Choral Artists also perform in the ranks of such acclaimed ensembles as the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Chanticleer, the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Voices of Ascension, Conspirare, and many others, and are also leading concert soloists, particularly in the area of early music. MORE

Published January 25, 2013
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Students of Hung-Kuan Chen perform Jan. 28

The Yale School of Music presents a studio recital featuring piano students of Hung-Kuan Chen on Monday, January 28. The recital features four different pianists performing music from the Romantic era, including pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Liszt.

Pianist Lo-An Lin who won the gold medal in the 2012 San Antonio International Piano Competition, opens the recital with Schubert’s Sonata in E-flat Major, D. 568.

Next, Chenxing Huang performs Liszt’s 3 Sonetti del Petrarca, S.158.

The second half of the concert opens with Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1, performed by Sean Chen (pictured at left).

Minsol Cho closes the evening with a performance of Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street).

Published January 25, 2013
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Guitarist Benjamin Verdery performs music for guitar with koto, theremin, and shakuhachi

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents Standing in Our Own Light, a concert of introspective music for guitar, koto, theremin, and shakuhachi, on Monday, February 18 at 8 pm. Faculty guitarist Benjamin Verdery will be joined by koto virtuoso Yumi Korosawa and by Elizabeth Brown on shakuhachi and theremin.

All three performers are also composers, and the program will feature their compositions as well as music by Mozart, Albéniz, Ezra Laderman, and Yatsuhashi Kengyo.

The program opens with two pieces for solo guitar: Albéniz’s “Cordoba” from Chants d’ Espagne, arranged by John Williams, and Ezra Laderman’s On Vineyard Sound (2009), written for Verdery. Next, Kurosawa will play two pieces for solo koto: her own arrangement of Takeda (Lullaby), and her composition Inner Space (2003). The first half closes with Yatsuhashi Kengyo’s Midare (“Disorder”) for shakuhachi and koto.

Verdery opens the second half of the concert opens with his own arrangement (for solo guitar) of Mozart’s Adagio, K. 540. Next is his composition Standing in Your Own Light (2012), a commission from Kyo-Shin-An Arts, for koto and guitar.

Two pieces by Elizabeth Brown follow: shakuhachi solos from Isle Royale (2005), and Atlantis (2007) for theremin and amplified classical guitar with slide bar, written for Benjamin Verdery.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). The event is free and open to the public. MORE

Published January 25, 2013
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Violinist Kyung Yu and pianist Elizabeth Parisot perform Feb. 8th

Concert features music by Bach, Strauss, and Saint-Saëns

UPDATE 2/8/2013: Because of the snowstorm, this concert has been postponed to Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 8 pm.

Kyung Yu, violin

New Haven, CT |The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Kyung Yu and pianist Elizabeth Parisot on Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 8 pm. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

The program will open with Bach’s Sonata in E major for keyboard and violin, a work that is less known than his sonatas for solo violin. Following the Bach will be Strauss’s Sonata for violin and piano, a piece noted for its lyrical beauty and technical demands of both violinist and pianist.

The evening will close will close with Saint-Saëns’s popular Havanaise, inspired by the dance form of the same name that developed in Cuba from African rhythms.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published January 25, 2013
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Emanuel Ax performs Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Chopin Feb. 6

Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Emanuel Ax on Wednesday, February 6. Ax, “a musician of scope and confidence” (Post-Gazette), will perform a program of music by Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Chopin.

This concert will open Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 2 in A major, whose structure – with four movements instead of three – creates a format like that of a symphony through the addition of a minuet or scherzo. Following is a complete antithesis of the symphonic sound with Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19.

The first half of the concert will close with one of Beethoven’s most famous works Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as the “Pathétique.”

“Emanuel Ax is one of our most gifted Chopin pianists – a rare breed – and his playing has finesse and suitable power, says Classic CD. He will close the evening with two works by Chopin: the Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1, and the Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58.

This concert takes place at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. Tickets are $20–30, $10–15 with student ID.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published January 24, 2013
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Tokyo Quartet, Peter Oundjian receive Sanford Medals

At the Tokyo String Quartet‘s performance last night, Dean Robert Blocker awarded the Sanford Medal to current and past members of the quartet. The medal, which is the highest honor that the Yale School of Music bestows, is awarded for distinguished service to music.

Blocker presented the medal to the four current members of the quartet – Martin Beaver, violin; Kikuei Ikeda, violin; Kazuhide Isomura, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello – as well as to Peter Oundjian, who was the first violinist of the quartet for fourteen years and remains a member of the School of Music faculty.

Earlier this season, the Tokyo Quartet announced that it would retire from the international concert stage in the summer of 2013. The ensemble, which has been active for over 40 years, has been in residence at the School of Music since 1976. Yesterday’s concert was the quartet’s last in Morse Recital Hall.

The Sanford Medal is named for Samuel Simons Sanford (1849–1910), a pianist and educator who was a member of the Yale music faculty from 1894 to 1910. Sanford was instrumental in the establishment of the School of Music within Yale University. He was also a proponent of the music of Edward Elgar, and his efforts contributed to Elgar’s receiving an honorary doctorate from Yale in 1905. Previous recipients of the Sanford Medal include Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sherrill Milnes, Marilyn Horne, Emanuel Ax, and Richard Stoltzman.

Published January 23, 2013
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