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Yale Philharmonia opens its 2013–14 season Sep. 20
This post was updated 9/8/2013 with a change of program.
The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale opens its 2013–14 season with a concert of music by Stravinsky, Beethoven, and Wagner on Friday, September 20. Shinik Hahm will conduct the concert, which also features faculty pianist Boris Berman. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall and is free and open to the public.
Wagner’s tempestuous Overture to The Flying Dutchman opens the concert, followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, with piano soloist Boris Berman.
The Yale Philharmonia concludes its season-opening concert by celebrating the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring. The 1913 premiere of the groundbreaking work sparked riots in the audience. One hundred years later, numerous critics note that it still sounds fresh and powerful.
Berman’s performance of the Beethoven concerto kicks off a season-long cycle of Beethoven’s complete concertos for piano and orchestra. For more information on the Beethoven Concerto Project, click here.
Originally, Peter Frankl was scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major in this September concert. Frankl and the Philharmonia will perform that concerto on January 24, 2014.
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 New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater. The Yale Philharmonia 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 Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts.
Shinik Hahm has been conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale since 2004, performing regularly at Woolsey Hall and touring Boston, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul. Hahm’s guest conducting appearances include engagements in North and South Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has led orchestras in the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, and Tokyo Opera City Hall, to name a few. He has also served as music director of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra and the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Hahm has won the Gregor Fitelberg Competition for Conductors, the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize from the Eastman School of Music, and the Shepherd Society Award from Rice University. He was decorated by the Korean government with the Arts and Culture Medal.
Boris Berman, piano, is well known to the audiences of close to fifty countries on six continents and regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and in important festivals. A Grammy nominee, Mr. Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo works by Prokofiev (Chandos). Other acclaimed releases include a Shostakovich disc (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award, and a recording of Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Chandos), which was a CD Review Disc of the Month. In 1984, Mr. Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is a professor of piano, coordinator of the piano department, and artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series. In 2005 he was named an honorary professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Yale University Press has published Mr. Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench (2000), which has been translated into several languages, and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer (2008).