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Yale in New York series announces 2015–2016 season, opening Oct. 25 with Nielsen and Sibelius
“The Yale School of Music has established a formidable presence with its Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall… mainly by presenting inventive programs of mostly new or unusual works.”
— The New York Times
The Yale School of Music announces its return to Carnegie Hall with the 2015–16 season of Yale in New York. The series—now in its ninth year at Carnegie—has garnered a reputation for its creative and diverse programming, with frequent collaborations between Yale’s distinguished faculty and its exceptional network of current students and alumni.
The season consists of three chamber music concerts, all on Sundays at 7:30 pm at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. The first concert will take place on October 25, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the births of composers Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius.
The season will continue on January 24 with Music for Brass. This program pays tribute to composers and former YSM faculty members Ezra Laderman and Gunther Schuller, in addition to music by current YSM faculty David Lang.
The season will conclude on April 10 in a concert titled With Pluck, presenting faculty harpist June Han alongside YSM students and alumni.
All concerts take place Sundays at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (57th Street & 7th Avenue, New York).
Tickets are $25 General Admission, $15 for Students, and are available two months before each event at carnegiehall.org, at the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street & 7th Ave), or CarnegieCharge: 212-247-7800.
October 25: Nielsen & Sibelius
150th anniversary celebration features faculty performers Frank Morelli, William Purvis, David Shifrin, and the Argus Quartet
One hundred and fifty years after the birth of composers Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, the Yale School of Music celebrates these influential composers as leading and unique voices in the 20th century. Focusing on their chamber music, this program on Sunday, October 25th features Nielsen’s woodwinds and Sibelius’ strings.
Nielsen is represented with his best-known chamber work, the Woodwind Quintet, along with less-familiar pieces: the Fantasy for Clarinet and Piano and Serenata in Vano for clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello, and double bass. The Woodwind Quintet will be performed by flutist Joanna Wu ’16 MM along with faculty artists Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; Frank Morelli, bassoon; and William Purvis, horn.
Sibelius wrote only one mature work for string quartet: the Quartet in D minor, “Intimate Voices.” John Henken calls it “fiercely accented music of forceful contrasts but irresistible momentum.” It will be performed by the Argus Quartet, the new Fellowship Quartet at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of the Brentano Quartet.
Also on the program are two Sibelius works for violin and piano: the Waltz, Op. 81, No. 3, and Souvenir, Op. 79, No. 1. Violinist Adelya Nartadjieva, hailed as “outstanding enough to grace the stages of the world’s great orchestras” (The Straits Times), will perform these with pianist Yevgeny Yontov.
The concert takes place Sunday, October 25 at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students with current ID, and are available through the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street & 7th Ave.), online at www.carnegiehall.org, or CarnegieCharge: 212 247-7800. TICKETS
Carl Nielsen: Serenata in Vano • David Shifrin, clarinet; Frank Morelli, bassoon; William Purvis, horn; Ole Akahoshi, cello; Samuel Suggs, double bass
Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, “Intimate Voices” • Argus Quartet
Nielsen: Fantasy for Clarinet and Piano • David Shifrin, clarinet; Yevgeny Yontov, piano
Sibelius: Waltz, Op. 81, No. 3; Souvenir, Op. 79, No. 1 • Adelya Nartadjieva, violin; Yevgeny Yontov, piano
Nielsen: Woodwind Quintet • Joanna Wu, flute; Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; Frank Morelli, bassoon; William Purvis, horn
January 24: Music for Brass
A tribute to former YSM faculty composers Ezra Laderman and Gunther Schuller featuring music for brass
The Yale School of Music will presents a concert on January 24 highlighting its acclaimed brass faculty as well as the contributions to the brass repertoire of past and present Yale composers. The program will honor the late composers Ezra Laderman and Gunther Schuller, both of whom served on the Yale faculty, as well as current faculty member David Lang.
The evening is anchored by the Yale Brass Trio, comprising the members of Yale’s brass faculty: William Purvis, horn; Allan Dean, trumpet; and Scott Hartman, trombone. They are joined by fellow faculty member Carol Jantsch, tuba, and Yale students and alumni.
A former dean of the Yale School of Music, Ezra Laderman joined the Yale faculty in 1988 and served as Professor of Music until his retirement in 2013. He also served as the president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. William Purvis, Allan Dean, and Scott Hartman will perform his Brass Trio, written in 2005.
Gunther Schuller is remembered as a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term “Third Stream.” He taught composition at Yale from 1964 to 1967, after which he was appointed president of the New England Conservatory. The Yale School of Music will present one of his last pieces, Magical Trumpets, scored for twelve trumpets in eight different keys.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang wrote Press Release in 1992 for bass clarinetist Evan Ziporyn (another Yale graduate). The January 24 concert offers the chance to hear virtuoso Carol Jantsch perform the work on the tuba.
Also on the program are works by Gabrieli and other masters. The concert takes place Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
April 10: With Pluck
Concert spotlights faculty harpist June Han and current and former students
Yale in New York presents With Pluck, a program starring faculty harpist June Han alongside YSM current students and alumni, on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm.
Hailed as a “true and tasteful harpist . . . [with] exceptionally varied phrasing and a surprising yet innate sense of timing” (Concert Review Magazine), June Han is a member of Sequitur Ensemble, Ensemble 21, and Manhattan Sinfonietta and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, Music from Japan, the Group for Contemporary Music, Jupiter Chamber Players, and Bronx Art Ensemble.
An active orchestral player, she has collaborated with Orchestre de Paris, Kirov Opera Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, and New York City Opera, to name a few, and frequently appears with the New York Philharmonic.
Han will be joined by current and past YSM students. The program will include music for solo harp as well as chamber works featuring the harp. The concert takes place at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.