The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 4 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Titled “Les Goûts-Réünis: Music of the Italian and French Baroque,” the program will trace the development of the brilliant Italianate trio sonata from Corelli through Handel and Vivaldi. Along the way, the concert will illuminate Bach’s transformation of the trio sonata, along with Couperin’s homage to the Italian style in his theatrical “Apotheosis of Corelli.”
The Yale Baroque Ensemble, the postgraduate period instrument ensemble of the Yale School of Music, is directed by Robert Mealy. Its members are Yale School of Music graduates Katie Hyun and Benjamin Charmot, baroque violin; Daniel S. Lee, baroque violin and viola; Laura Usiskin, baroque cello; and faculty harpsichordist Avi Stein.
Admission to the performance is free. For a live video stream of the concert, and for more information, visit music.yale.edu. The Yale School of Music concert office is located in the lobby of Sprague Hall, phone 203 432-4158.
The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by Robert Mealy, is a new postgraduate string ensemble dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. String players in the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785. The program is designed for modern players to develop virtuosity and fluency in various historical styles, and to allow the participants to find their own eloquent voice on baroque instruments. Through coachings and individual lessons, the participants learn to read early notation, develop a familiarity with primary source material and treatises, and become fluent with improvisation in various styles. The ensemble prepares and performs a series of concerts together during the year.
One of America’s leading historical string players, Robert Mealy has been praised for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring” (Boston Globe). He has recorded over 50 CDs on most major labels, ranging from Hildegard of Bingen with Sequentia, to Renaissance consorts with the Boston Camerata, to Rameau operas with Les Arts Florissants. Mr. Mealy has appeared at music festivals from Berkeley to Belgrade, and from Melbourne to Versailles. He is a frequent leader and soloist with the New York Collegium, ARTEK, the Clarion Society, and Early Music New York. Since 2004, he has been concertmaster for the distinguished Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, leading them in Grammy-nominated recordings of Lully’s Thésée and Psyché and Conradi’s Ariadne. A devoted chamber musician, he is a member of the ensembles Fortune’s Wheel, King’s Noyse, and Quicksilver. Mr. Mealy is Professor of Music (adjunct) at Yale University; for a decade previously, he directed the Harvard Baroque Orchestra. In 2004 he received Early Music America’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching.
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