Update, 10/31/2012: The performance of Koetsier’s Concertino, featuring the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet, has been postponed to the Philharmonia’s January concert.
The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Shinik Hahm will conduct the orchestra, and the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet will be the featured ensemble.
Emmanuel Chabrier’s lively España starts off the evening. The orchestral rhapsody showcases a variety of sounds and textures, from flowing melodies to rhythmic dialogues.
The program continues with a performance of Jan Koetsier’s Concertino for trombone quartet and string orchestra. The performance features the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet, one of the winners of this year’s Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The members of the quartet are Timothy Hilgert, Hana Beloglavec, Benjamin Firer, and Jeffrey Arredondo.
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, a classic of the Russian symphonic tradition, concludes the concert. Its four movements form a dramatic sequence, with a stormy beginning leading to a melodic climax that brings back the prominent motifs threaded throughout the piece.
The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.
The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
Shinik Hahm, the resident conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, has been a professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music since 2004. He was music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2004, and his conducting students have won top prizes at the Besançon, Pedrotti, Toscanini, and China National competitions. A dynamic and innovative conductor, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. As the chief conductor of the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra, Hahm led the orchestra on tour with concerts at the General Assembly of the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. As music director of the Abeline Philharmonic and the Tuscaloosa Symphony for ten years, he cultivated semiprofessional community orchestras into admirable professional ensembles. Shinik Hahm has won the Gregor Fitelberg Competition, the Walter Hagen Prize (Eastman School of Music), and the Shepherd Society Award (Rice University). He was decorated by the Korean government with the Arts and Culture Medal.
The Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet was founded in the fall of 2011 by Jeffrey Arredondo, Hana Beloglavec, Benjamin Firer, and Timothy Hilgert. After less than three months together, the Handsome Dans received an honorable mention in the International Trombone Association’s (ITA) Trombone Quartet Competition. Shortly after, the quartet went on to become the first chamber group and the first brass instrumentalists to win the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition at the Yale School of Music. The members of the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet have been successful as solo trombonists as well, competing in and winning various ITA solo competitions, being named first prize winner at the Division 2 Susan Slaughter International Solo Competition at the International Women’s Brass Conference, and winning the Yale Chamber Music Society Competition. The members of the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet hail from throughout the United States, including Texas, Michigan, New York, and Georgia, and are coached by their professor, Scott Hartman.
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