Peter Frankl performs piano concertos on Horowitz Piano Series Nov. 16

Concert also features Linden String Quartet & tenor James Taylor

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert by the pianist Peter Frankl on Wednesday, November 16. While the series most often presents solo recitals, Frankl will be joined by the Linden String Quartet and double bassist Gregory Robbins. The recital will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street.

Frankl will perform two concertos with the string players: Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major, K. 413, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Frankl will also play solo piano works of both composers: Mozart’s Menuet in D major, K. 355, and Sonata in D major, K. 576, and Chopin’s Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49.

Frankl has been described by Auditorium as “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” The Linden Quartet, currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, has been praised for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality….” (MusicWeb International). Bassist Gregory Robbins ’12MM was selected as a member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published October 28, 2011
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Linden String Quartet opens second year of Yale residency with Oct. 31 concert

“Remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality…”
– MusicWeb International

The Yale School of Music presents the Linden String Quartet, its graduate quartet-in-residence, in concert on Monday, October 31 at 8 pm. The ensemble, which has won several prestigious honors and accolades in only three years together, will perform music by Schubert, Ravel, Alban Berg, and Kelly-Marie Murphy.

This concert will open with Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C minor, which was not published until after the composer’s death, and Berg’s two-movement String Quartet, Op. 3, written exactly 90 years later. The first half will close with Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Dark Energy. This single-movement piece explores the idea of dark energy, an antigravity force that Einstein suggested in 1917 as a way of explaining why the universe doesn’t collapse. The work is both melodic and virtuosic, beginning softly and gaining momentum.

Ravel’s lush and complex String Quartet in F major will conclude the concert.

The members of the Linden String Quartet – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – are mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale. The quartet, which has been described as “truly riveting” (MusicWeb International), also enjoys residencies at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published October 18, 2011
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Linden Quartet concert at the Kennedy Center Apr. 27 will stream live

The Linden String Quartet – currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music – will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 pm. The concert will stream live on the Kennedy Center’s website.

The program, called Light and Dark, features Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major and Robert Schumann’s Quartet in A minor. Debussy wrote to his friend Ravel: “In the name of the gods of music and in my own, do not touch a single note you have written of your Quartet.” Schumann’s first string quartet was part of a burst of chamber works that the newlywed composer wrote in 1842.

The Linden Quartet has won such prestigious competitions as the Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman, and it shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition last spring. The members of the Linden Quartet – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale School of Music.

Published April 26, 2011
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Linden String Quartet plays Schumann & Ravel April 29

The Linden String Quartet will give a recital called Light and Dark on Friday, April 29, at 4 pm at the Whitney Humanities Center (located at 53 Wall Street, New Haven). The Linden Quartet has won such prestigious competitions as the Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman, and it shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition last spring. Currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, the Linden’s members – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet.

This performance will feature Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major and Robert Schumann’s Quartet in A minor. Debussy wrote to his friend Ravel: “In the name of the gods of music and in my own, do not touch a single note you have written of your Quartet.” Schumann’s first string quartet was part of a burst of chamber works that the newlywed composer wrote in 1842. The Linden Quartet will perform the third movement of the Schumann at the School of Music’s benefit concert for Japan on April 11.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, please visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. This performance is presented by the Yale School of Music and the Whitney Humanities Center. MORE

Published April 8, 2011
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Tokyo String Quartet and guests give a benefit concert for Japan April 11

The Yale School of Music presents the distinguished Tokyo String Quartet and guest artists in a special benefit concert for Japan earthquake relief on Monday, April 11 at 8 pm in Battell Chapel (corner of College and Elm Streets, New Haven). The Tokyo Quartet, currently celebrating its fortieth season as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976. The Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”

The Tokyo Quartet will open the concert with a movement from Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K. 421, and will also play the second movement of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, Op. 11, better known as Barber’s Adagio for strings. Also performing on the program will be colleagues from the Yale School of Music faculty: violinists Syoko Aki, Ani Kavafian, and Wendy Sharp; violist Ettore Causa, cellist Ole Akahoshi, and pianist Elizabeth Parisot.

As part of its ongoing residence at the Yale School of Music, the Tokyo Quartet mentors young chamber ensembles. The Linden String Quartet, the current graduate quartet-in-residence and the winner of numerous competitions, will perform a movement from Schumann’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, no. 1, and will join the Tokyo Quartet in excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20. Please check back for updates in the concert program.

Said Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music: “This concert – presented at the request of the Tokyo String Quartet – is a musical tribute to our longstanding friendship, an offering of hope and solace to families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured, and an opportunity for our community to acknowledge and experience the sanctity of art as a life force.”

As the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan continue to unfold, outside support continues to play a crucial role in supporting affected people. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Red Cross, whose extensive efforts are providing relief for survivors across Japan. Read more about its response here. The concert is part of the ongoing response of the Yale community to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. To find out about other activities planned as part of this effort, go to relief.yale.edu.

The suggested donation for tickets is $20, $10 for students; all amounts are accepted. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu, call 203 432-4158, or visit the Yale School of Music concert office in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven.

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Published March 30, 2011
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Linden Quartet, graduate quartet-in-residence, performs March 2

“Remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality… delivered with a palpable, infectious joy.”
– Seen and Heard

The Yale School of Music presents the Linden String Quartet in recital on Wednesday, March 2 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The quartet has won such prestigious competitions as the Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman, and they shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition this past spring. It is currently the Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, where its members – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet.

The program will open with Mozart’s String Quartet E-flat Major, K. 428, one of the six quartets that Mozart wrote in honor of his friend and teacher Haydn. Next is Frank Bridge’s atmospheric Three Idylls, written in 1906. The Lindens will close the program with Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132, one of the composer’s masterful late quartets.

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Published February 7, 2011
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Yale School of Music features select graduate performers in Feb. 7 recital

Program features music of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Hindemith, Bizet, Ravel, Xenakis

David Pershall, baritone, and Eric Barry, tenor, performing together at Convocation, September 2010.

The Yale School of Music presents a select group of performers in a recital on Monday, February 7, at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The performers, who are graduate students at the School of Music, will play music for a variety of instruments (including voice) from the Romantic period and the twentieth century.

Pianist Kuok-Wai Lio ’12MM will open the recital with a Schubert Impromptu. The Linden String Quartet will perform the first movement from Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13. The members of the ensemble, which is the current Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, are Catherine Cosbey and Sarah McElravy, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello, all ’12AD. Bassoonist Scott Switzer, praised by the New York Times for playing the “evocative solo elegantly” in a Yale Philharmonia concert last April, will perform Hindemith’s lyrical, compact bassoon sonata.

Eric Barry ’11AD, tenor, and David Pershall ’11AD, baritone, will sing “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). The singers, who are both in the Yale Opera program, will be accompanied by faculty pianist Douglas Dickson. Violinist Xi Chen ’11CERT, a top prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, will play Ravel’s virtuosic Tzigane. The recital will conclude with Rebonds Part A by Iannis Xenakis, performed by percussionist Ian Rosenbaum ’11AD. This part of the piece uses only skins: bongos, tom-toms, and bass drums, covering a wide range of pitch.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, please visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published January 27, 2011
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Linden String Quartet wins Concert Artists Guild Competition

The 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition culminated Wednesday evening with the announcement of three winners at the Awards Showcase at the Kosciuszko Foundation. Awards went to pianist Michael Brown (First Prize & Victor and Sono Elmaleh Award), baritone Mischa Bouvier, and the Linden String Quartet. Each winner of the annual competition receives a two-year management contract and joins the CAG artist roster. The winners performed a short concert program for an enthusiastic audience of industry professionals and CAG supporters.

CAG’s mission is to discover, nurture and promote young musicians. Winners of its annual competition receive comprehensive career advancement services, including the booking of professional performance engagements, commissioning and recording opportunities, and marketing and publicity support. Winners will also appear next season on CAG’s Winners Series in New York. MORE

Published October 25, 2010
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New Music New Haven features guest composer David Felder

Concert also presents chamber works by Yale School of Music composers

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring guest composer David Felder (pictured at right) on Thursday, November 4 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The evening will open with chamber works by graduate composers in the Yale School of Music: Justin Tierney‘s ROTA, a fanfare for trombone quartet; Jordan Kuspa‘s Metronome, a humorous look at what can happen in rehearsal when good musicians get a little bit wild; Adrian Knight‘s the tears, for harp and electronics; Garth Neustadter‘s three-movement String Trio; and Hannah Lash‘s Last Time, which the composer calls “a disturbing and expressive piece for mixed chamber ensemble.”

The second half of the program will present two works by the guest composer. The Linden String Quartet will play Felder’s stuck-stücke, and a mixed ensemble of winds, percussion, and strings will play his partial [dist]res[s]toration. Christopher Theofanidis is the artistic director of New Music New Haven. MORE

Published October 11, 2010
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Linden Quartet kicks off its Yale School of Music residency with a diverse concert on October 10

“Remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality… delivered with a palpable, infectious joy.”
– Seen and Heard

The Yale School of Music presents a performance by the Linden String Quartet on Sunday, October 10 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, Op. 20, no. 4; Dvorák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, “American,” and Dark Energy by the Canadian composer Kelly Marie-Murphy.

Haydn’s quartet is part of his groundbreaking Op. 20 that earned him the nickname “father of the string quartet.” Kelly-Marie Murphy’s single-movement piece explores the idea of dark energy, an antigravity force first postulated by Einstein in 1917 as a way of explaining why the universe doesn’t collapse. The work is both melodic and virtuosic, beginning softly and gaining momentum. Dvorák wrote his “American” quartet in 1893 during a summer spent in Iowa. He later said that he would not have written the piece “just so” if he hadn’t experienced the landscapes of the United States first-hand.

The Linden String Quartet is the new Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music. The ensemble succeeds the Jasper Quartet, who quickly became audience favorites during their time in New Haven. The Linden Quartet has recently won such prestigious competitions as the Fischoff and the Coleman, and they shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition this past spring. At Yale, the members of the ensemble – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet.

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Published September 13, 2010
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