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New Haven Register: Peter Oundjian leads Yale Philharmonia
“An American in Paris” headlines the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale concert Friday night in Woolsey Hall, and it’s another opportunity to watch Canadian Peter Oundjian work.
Guest conductor (and violinist) Oundjian, who has been music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a decade, will lead the Philharmonia in the bouncy and brassy Gershwin masterwork – which led to the 1951 Gene Kelly film – as well as “Symphonic Metamorphosis” by Paul Hindemith, a German composer who later became a member of the Yale School of Music faculty.
The second half of the 7:30 p.m. concert will feature Edward Elgar’s exciting “Introduction and Allegro,” which Elgar dedicated to Samuel Sanford, and instrumental in having Elgar awarded an honorary doctorate of music at Yale in 1905; and “Symphony No. 1” by Samuel Barber, written in 1936 when Barber was just 26 years old.