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Yale Philharmonia, Camerata, Glee Club perform Mahler’s Second Symphony Sep. 19

“I couldn't imagine someone had written music which so perfectly described the mournful landscape of my adolescent life.”
— Michael Tilson Thomas, on discovering Mahler
September 4, 2014
Shinik Hahm, conductor

Shinik Hahm, conductor

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia in its first concert of the 2014–2015 season on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The orchestra, joined by the Yale Camerata and Yale Glee Club, will perform Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” The concert will also be live streamed; click here to listen. LIVE STREAM

Shinik Hahm will conduct. The vocal soloists are Emily Workman, soprano, and Leah Hawkins, mezzo-soprano, both students in the Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music.

This symphony, which runs around 90 minutes, was one of the composer’s most popular pieces during his lifetime, and its appeal to audiences continues today. The piece is known as the “Resurrection” Symphony because its texts address themes of death and the afterlife.

“O believe,
You were not born for nothing!
Have not for nothing, lived, suffered!
What was created
Must perish,
What perished, rise again!
Cease from trembling!
Prepare yourself to live!”
— Gustav Mahler
Translated from the text of the final movement

Tickets start at $10, $5 with student ID, and are available at the Sprague Hall box office, by phone at 203 432-4158, or online. Tickets purchased at the door on the night of the event will be subject to a $3 surcharge. Subscriptions and samplers are also available and offer savings off single-ticket prices. BUY TICKETS

The concert begins at 7:30 pm in Woolsey Hall, located at 500 College Street (corner of Grove Street), New Haven. *Please note the 7:30 pm start time, which is new for the Yale School of Music in the 2014–2015 season.

About the Performers

philharmonia_woolsey3The 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. WEBSITE

Founded in 1985, the Yale Camerata is a vocal ensemble whose more than sixty singers are Yale graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and experienced singers from the New Haven community. The Camerata performs a widely varied spectrum of choral literature, with a special commitment to choral music of our time. The Camerata has collaborated with the Yale Glee Club, Yale Philharmonia, Yale Symphony, Yale Band, Yale Chamber Players, Yale Collegium Musicum, the New Haven Chorale, and the symphony orchestras of Hartford, New Haven, and Norwalk. The chamber choir of the Yale Camerata has performed at the Yale Center for British Art and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The Camerata has been heard on Connecticut Public Radio and national broadcasts of National Public Radio’s program “Performance Today.” Guest conductors have included Robert Shaw, Jaap Schröder, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Neville Marriner, Helmuth Rilling, and Krzysztof Penderecki. With the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Camerata has commissioned and premiered works of Martin Bresnick, Daniel Kellogg, Stephen Paulus, Daniel Pinkham, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, among others. The chorus has sung first performances of works by many composers including Francine Trester, Julia Wolfe, Tawnie Olson, Kathryn Alexander, and Robert Kyr. WEBSITE

From its earliest days in the 1860s, the Yale Glee Club, Yale’s principal undergraduate mixed chorus and oldest musical organization, has represented the best in collegiate choral music. During its recent 150th anniversary season, the Glee Club’s performances received rave reviews in the national press, from the New York Times (“One of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous…an exciting, beautifully sung concert at Carnegie Hall”). The Glee Club’s repertoire embraces a broad spectrum of choral music from the 16th century to the present, including Renaissance motets, contemporary choral works, folk music, spirituals, and traditional Yale songs. The Glee Club presents frequent premieres of newly commissioned works and sponsors two annual competitions for young composers. They have recently been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, WQXR’s “The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle,” and BBC Radio 3’s “The Choir.” One of the most traveled choruses in the world, the Yale Glee Club has performed in every major city in the United States and embarked on its first overseas tour in 1928. The Glee Club has appeared with many distinguished guest conductors from Leopold Stokowski to Robert Shaw. The Yale Glee Club has had only seven directors in its 152-year history and is currently led by Jeffrey Douma. WEBSITE

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