The Yale School of Music presents a special concert of solo and chamber music by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Penderecki, one of today’s most prolific and influential composers, will spend a week in residence at the Yale School of Music, where he was a member of the faculty from 1973 to 1979.
For this performance, he will coach selected faculty and graduate performers in solo and chamber works: the Cadenza for solo viola, with faculty artist Ettore Causa; Serenata for Three Cellos; Capriccio for Solo Tuba, with Jerome Stover; and the String Quartet No. 2, with the Jasper String Quartet. The Serenata will be performed by Arnold Choi, Ying Zhang, and Sunhee Jeon, all students of master cellist Aldo Parisot.
This performance will begin with an open conversation between Krzysztof Penderecki and Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music.
Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.
With a career that spans nearly five decades, Penderecki is one of the pioneering composers of the modern day. He was an iconic figure of the 1960s avant-garde and remains a vibrantly vital voice in contemporary music. He has received numerous awards, including the UNESCO Award for Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and the Grawemeyer Award for his Symphony No. 4. Since 1990 he has been holder of the Grand Cross for Distinguished Services of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and Chevalier de Saint Georges. In 1995, he became a member of the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin and in 1998 a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2006, he was made Commander of the Three Star Order in Riga, Latvia and is a member of the Order of the White Eagle in Poland. Krzysztof Penderecki is honorary doctor and honorary professor of numerous international universities. Penderecki has a longstanding relationship with Yale and served on the faculty of the School of Music from 1973 to 1979.
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