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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


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.

Sun-A Park

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

Christopher Theofanidis Photo by Matt Fried

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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Faculty Artist Series features violinist Kyung Yu Mar 5

Kyung YuThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by violinist Kyung Yu on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 pm. Pianist Melissa Rose will join Yu for the evening to perform music by Mozart, Brahms, and Ravel.

The concert will open with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s Sonata in G major, K. 301/293a, followed by Johannes Brahms‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108. Written for the famous violinist Joseph Joachim, Brahms’ dramatic sonata is written in four movements, an expansion of the traditional three-movement sonata form.

Closing the program are two works written by Maurice Ravel in the 1920s. The Violin Sonata No. 2 shows Ravel’s love of American jazz and blues; the virtuosic Tzigane, Rhapsodie de concert pour violon et piano has a Gypsy-influenced flair. MORE

Published February 24, 2016
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Concert remembers composer, former dean Ezra Laderman March 2

Ezra LadermanThe Yale School of Music presents a concert in memory of the late Ezra Laderman on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 pm. Laderman served as Dean of the Yale School of Music from 1989 to 1995 and on faculty as professor of music until his retirement in 2014.

The concert will feature selections from several of Laderman’s compositions, as well as spoken and video tributes from his Yale colleagues.

The world premiere of Laderman’s Partita for Solo Violin will be performed by alumnus Benjamin Hoffman.

Frank Morelli and Ole Akahoshi, both members of the School of Music faculty, will play movements from the Partitas for solo bassoon and solo cello, respectively. MORE

Published February 23, 2016
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Vista concert March 3 illuminates Mozart, Taffanel, and Stravinsky

chamber_music3The Yale School of Music presents its spring Vista concert on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. The series offers performances by YSM’s outstanding chamber ensembles, enhanced by the students’ personal commentary on the music.

Featured on this program is Mozart‘s Trio in E-flat major for clarinet, viola, and piano, K. 298, a work which helped to popularize the relatively new (at the time) clarinet. The program will also feature the Wind Quintet in G minor by nineteenth century composer Paul Taffanel. Stravinsky‘s The Rite of Spring, arranged for two pianos, will close the evening.

Wendy Sharp is the director of the chamber music program at the Yale School of Music. The concert takes place at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven), and is free and open to the public.

Published February 22, 2016
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Ellington Series presents Piano Jazz Summit March 4

piano-jazz-hThe Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Piano Jazz Summit,  Friday, March 4 at 7:30 pm. The concert features three of the jazz world’s great pianists: Barry Harris, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Aaron Diehl

The program will feature the pianists playing alone, and together as a trio, as well as speaking about their lives as performers and their relationship to jazz. The audience can also look forward to a special live video projection of the keyboard, offering the a bird’s-eye view of the pianists’ hands. Willie Ruff, artistic director of the Ellington Jazz Series, calls this concert “a rare opportunity to hear three master pianists.”

The concert takes place at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $20, $10 with student ID. Purchase online, call 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.

Published February 19, 2016
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Yale Philharmonia presents concerti and more in Sprague Hall Feb. 26

13-004 Yale Philharmonia — Yale School of Music 2013The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm. Conducting fellow Heejung Park will lead the orchestra in works by Beethoven, Lieberson, and Haydn.

The first half of the program will feature the two students in the School of Music’s newly revised Artist Diploma program: pianist Wai-Yin Wong and mezzo-soprano Evanna Chiew. Wong will open the program as the soloist in Beethoven‘s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37.

Mezzo-soprano Evanna Chiew will join the orchestra for the Neruda Songs by American composer Peter Lieberson. Written for his wife, singer Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, the work is a cycle of five songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra set to love poems by twentieth-century poet Pablo Neruda. MORE

Published February 15, 2016
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Tetzlaff Trio plays music of Brahms and Dvořák Feb. 23

tetzlaffThe Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Tetzlaff Trio on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:30 pm.

The trio features violinist Christian Tetzlaff, known for his “soaring charisma” (Strings Magazine), along with his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, and pianist Lars Vogt. They will perform music by two prolific 19th-century composers: Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák.

Opening and closing the program are two trios by Brahms: the Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87, and the Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8, respectively. The ensemble earned a Grammy nomination for their recent recording of the complete Brahms piano trios, and Strings Magazine raved that the ensemble makes the trios “fresh and immediate again… These lovely recordings capture the heart of the composer’s deeply personal, intimate expressions… consistently illuminating.” MORE

Published February 11, 2016
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