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Peter Oundjian closes Philharmonia season with celestial program

Peter Oundjian

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with conductor Peter Oundjian on FridayApril 29 at 7:30 pm. Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in its season closer featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C major, “Jupiter”, and Holst’s The Planets

Symphony No. 41 in C major, Mozart’s final symphony, was written within the same six-week period as Symphonies 39 and 40. The work is of unusually large scale for the classical period and is full of exuberance and humor, qualities which likely earned the work its “Jupiter” nickname. It is widely considered one of Mozart’s most innovative works and has been called “the greatest orchestral work of the world which proceeded the French Revolution” by music scholar Sir George Grove.

Holst‘s famous symphonic suite The Planets has enjoyed enduring popularity since the time of its premiere. Holst dedicates each of the work’s seven movements to one of the planets and it’s corresponding astrological character: Mars, the Bringer of War; Venus, the Bringer of Peace; Mercury, the Winged Messenger; Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity; Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age; Uranus, the Magician; and Neptune, the Mystic.  

The concert takes place at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $10, $5 for students; there is a $3 surcharge when purchasing at the door (after 4pm in Woolsey Hall).

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Published April 26, 2016
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Yale Opera brings Don Quixote to life May 6 & 7

Don-Quichotte-v2The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music presents an exciting new production of Jules Massenet’s Don Quichotte on May 6 and 7.

The production is directed by Linda Brovsky, who returns to Yale Opera for the second time. Timothy Shaindlin is the musical director.

The beloved character of Don Quixote attacks both windmills and high notes in this whimsical and touching opera about the power of the imagination and the quest for true love. With captivating melodies and a touch of Spanish flair, this short opera (clocking in at less than two hours) is a wonderful introduction to the genre for the tentative and the curious.

As conceived by stage directror Linda Brovsky, this production embraces the transformative power of reading and the imagination. With whimsical projections and oversized books on stage, this will be a haven for the literary.

Costume designer Rebecca Welles and lighting designer Doug Harry both return to Yale Opera’s creative team. Yana Biryukova, a Yale School of Drama student, is the projection designer

Both Friday and Saturday’s performances begin at 7:30 pm. The venue is Morse Recital hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

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Published April 18, 2016
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Collection presents Smithsonian Chamber Players April 10

Smithsonian_piano_trioThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the Smithsonian Chamber Players on Sunday, April 10 at 3pm.

The Smithsonian Chamber Players will perform an All-Beethoven Program including the Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 24, “Spring” and the Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. The ensemble will include Vera Beths, violin; and Kenneth Slowik, piano in the Violin Sonata, joined by Nicholas Cords, viola; Robert Nairn, double bass; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Dominic Teresi, bassoon; as well as the director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and YSM faculty member William Purvis, horn for the Septet. MORE

Published April 9, 2016
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With Pluck: Music for Harp April 8 & 10

June Han, harp

June Han, harp

The Yale School of Music continues its acclaimed Yale in New York Series on Sunday, April 10 with a program titled With Pluck: Music for Harp. The concert will feature YSM harp professor June Han alongside fellow faculty members and YSM student and alumni performers.

The program highlights YSM faculty harpist June Han and the Yale harp program. Han herself will perform Sequenza II by Luciano Berio. In the virtuosic solo work, Berio seeks to explore the capabilities of the instrument beyond its typical uses, which he describes as “seductive glissandi.”

Han will also team up with violinist Suliman Tekalli ’15 AD and cellist James Kim ’13 CERT for a performance of Henriette Renie‘s Trio for harp, violin, and cello, followed by Debussy‘s Sonata for flute, viola and harp with fellow YSM faculty members Ransom Wilson, flute, and Ettore Causa, viola.

The program will also present YSM students in a variety of works including Pasculli‘s Omaggio a Bellini for English horn and harp, and De Falla‘s Seven Popular Songs, sung by YSM artist diploma candidate Evanna Chiew, mezzo-soprano.

The concert takes place Sunday, April 10, 2016 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., New York City), online at www.carnegiehall.org, or CarnegieCharge: 212 247-7800.

There will also be a preview concert on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm, held at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall Street, New Haven) on the Yale campus. Admission to the preview concert is free.

Published April 6, 2016
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New Music New Haven features Kernis and Lang

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David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis

The New Music New Haven concert series at the Yale School of Music continues on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30pm, with the music of faculty members Aaron Jay Kernis and David Lang, along with new works by graduate student composers. MORE

Published April 6, 2016
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Aldo Parisot leads the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos on April 13

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Parisot conducting Yale Cellos

The Yale School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos in their popular annual concert on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 pm.

Aldo Parisot will lead the ensemble that he founded thirty-four years ago in a diverse program of music from the Baroque to present day, including the world premiere of “Parisot,” a three-movement work written for the Yale Cellos by Yale faculty composer Martin Bresnick. MORE

Published April 4, 2016
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Miami String Quartet performs April 5

Miami String Quartet

Miami String Quartet

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Miami String Quartet on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm. The quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Schulhoff, and Mendelssohn.

The program will open with Beethoven‘s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso,” which Beethoven initially composed to experiment with compositional techniques, never intending it for public performance. The resulting work contains the initial attempts at many techniques that Beethoven would come to perfect in his later works.

Next on the program is Schulhoff‘s Five Pieces for String Quartet, a neoclassical work that offers a glimpse into two eras by layering the spiky dissonances and rhythmic drive of the avant-garde atop an ornate baroque dance suite.    MORE

Published March 9, 2016
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Peter Oundjian conducts the Yale Philharmonia Apr. 1

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Peter Oundjian

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 pm. Oundjian returns to Yale for the first time since October to conduct a program featuring two of Russia’s most celebrated composers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Sun-A Park, a winner of the 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist in Tchaikovsky‘s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor. The concerto’s memorable melodies and integrated folk tunes made it an instant success in its day, and it remains one of the most beloved piano concertos in the repertoire today.

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Sun-A Park

Shostakovich‘s Symphony No. 8 in C minor came on the heels of his triumphant “Leningrad” Symphony, which served as an important piece of patriotic, morale-boosting art in the early 1940s.  MORE

Published March 8, 2016
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Robert Blocker presents five new works by YSM faculty and alumni

This recital is a rescheduled event from Wednesday, March 9.

blocker2The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by Robert Blocker on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm. Blocker, the dean of the School of Music, has played with such orchestras as the Beijing and Shanghai Symphonies, the Houston Symphony, and the Prague and Moscow Chamber Orchestras.

Blocker will open his program with works from the classical canon. Mozart‘s Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310, written soon after the death of Mozart’s mother, will be followed by Ravel‘s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (Noble and Sentimental Waltzes).

The second half of the program will open with a set of character pieces, all written by Yale faculty and alumni composers. David Lang‘s ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA Winter Piano will be followed by Hannah Lash‘s ’12 AD Prelude. Next are Illusory Rail by a recent YSM alumna Fay Wang ’10 MM, ’12 AD, and Three Novelettes by Warren Lee. Closing the set will be Christopher Theofanidis‘s ’97 DMA Wake Up, Called the Voice. MORE

Published February 29, 2016
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New Music New Haven features Theofanidis and Vees March 10

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The New Music New Haven concert series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature the music of Christopher Theofanidis and Jack Vees along with new works by graduate student composers.

The program will include selections from two of Theofanidis’ operas: “Juliet’s Aria” from Heart of a Soldier, written in 2011 for the San Francisco Opera, and “El Salvador” from The Refuge, which Theofanidis wrote for the Houston Grand Opera in 2007. Both arias will be sung by Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano, with pianist David Fung.

Jack Vees’ Piano Trio (Hulk Smash!), written for three performers on two pianos, will be played by composition alumni Benjamin Wallace, Paul Kerekes, and Fay Wang. Vees’ Ambulant Music, for brass sextet, earned its title “for the simple reason that the performers do walk (on and off) as part of the performance,” says the composer. MORE

Published February 25, 2016
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