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Yale Philharmonia performs Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and more Jan. 24
The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by conductor Shinik Hahm on Friday, January 24, 2014. The concert, which also features faculty pianist Peter Frankl, takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).
The program opens with Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, which was inspired by the eponymous poem by French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Pierre Boulez considered the work a turning point in bringing classical music into the age of modernism, saying that “the flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music.”
Internationally acclaimed pianist Peter Frankl will join the Philharmonia for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, the next concert in the yearlong Beethoven Concerto Project.
The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, also known as “Pathétique.” The program of the work has been debated throughout history, with scholars suggesting such epic themes as Life, Death, and Fate; “pathétique” means “passionate” as opposed to “arousing pity,” but still reflects a note of suffering.
About the Performers
The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, conducted by Shinik Hahm, 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.
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.
Pianist Peter Frankl (pictured above) made his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1967. Since that time he has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Maazel, and Solti. His many chamber music partners have included Kyung Wha Chung, Ralph Kirshbaum, and the Tokyo, Takács, Guarneri, and Fine Arts quartets. Among his recordings are the complete works for piano by Schumann and Debussy, Bartók and Chopin solo albums, a Hungarian anthology, concertos and four-hand works by Mozart, the two Brahms piano concertos, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets of Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, and both Dohnányis. Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic, and on his seventieth birthday he was given one of the highest civilian awards in Hungary for lifetime achievement in the world of music.