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Yale Philharmonia plays Russian music and more May 1

philharmonia_woolsey3The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert of Russian legends on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 pm. Shinik Hahm  will lead the orchestra in music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Strauss.

A feature of the program is Stravinsky’s ravishing ballet Firebird, in its lesser-heard full version from 1910. The ballet is based on Russian folk tales of the magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner.

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, based on the Shakespeare play, depicts several scenes: Friar Laurence, the Montagues and Capulets fighting in the streets, the popular and recognizable balcony scene, and finally the death of the two lovers. MORE

Published April 14, 2015
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Yale Philharmonia plays Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók Feb. 27

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in its annual concert in Sprague Hall on Friday, February 27 at 7:30 pm.

The program features music by Beethoven, Mozart, and Bartók. Shinik Hahm will be on the podium, as will the School of Music’s two conducting fellows, Louis Lohraseb and Heejung Park. MORE

Published February 25, 2015
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Conducting fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Feb. 28

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This post was updated Feb. 19 to reflect a change in time. The concert will begin at 8 pm.

The Yale School of Music presents its two conducting fellows, Jonathan Brandani and Louis Lohraseb, in a performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, February 28, 2014. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, an intimate venue to hear a full orchestra.

The program includes selections by Wagner, Copland, and Beethoven. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was composed as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son. Copland’s jazz-infused Music for the Theatre was written not for a specific play; Copland selected the title because the “music seemed to suggest a certain theatrical atmosphere.” MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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Yale Philharmonia performs Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and more Jan. 24

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by conductor Shinik Hahm on Friday, January 24, 2014. The concert, which also features faculty pianist Peter Frankl, takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program opens with Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, which was inspired by the eponymous poem by French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Pierre Boulez considered the work a turning point in bringing classical music into the age of modernism, saying that “the flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music.”

Internationally acclaimed pianist Peter Frankl will join the Philharmonia for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, the next concert in the yearlong Beethoven Concerto Project. MORE

Published December 20, 2013
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Yale Philharmonia plays New Music for Orchestra Dec. 12

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by conductor Shinik Hahm on Thursday, December 12, 2013. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The concert features music by four composers currently studying at the Yale School of Music. On the program are Bálint Karosi’s Dancescapes: three dances for orchestra, James Rubino’s Shall Efface, Benjamin Wallace’s Five Gifts for an Old Friend, and Brendon Randall-Myers’s Indefatigable Optimism.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required.  MORE

Published November 22, 2013
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Yale Philharmonia opens its 2013–14 season Sep. 20

This post was updated 9/8/2013 with a change of program.

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Yale Philharmonia with Shinik Hahm, conductor

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale opens its 2013–14 season with a concert of music by Stravinsky, Beethoven, and Wagner on Friday, September 20. Shinik Hahm will conduct the concert, which also features faculty pianist Boris Berman. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall and is free and open to the public.

Wagner’s tempestuous Overture to The Flying Dutchman opens the concert, followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, with piano soloist Boris Berman. MORE

Published September 3, 2013
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YSM presents complete Beethoven piano concertos in 2013–14 season

This post was updated Sep. 8 to reflect changes in programming.

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The Yale School of Music will present the complete cycle of Beethoven’s concertos for piano and orchestra over four concerts in the 2013–14 season. Each concerto will be performed by a different member of the Yale faculty.

The Beethoven Concerto Project begins on September 20, when Boris Berman performs the Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major on a program that also celebrates the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

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Published August 30, 2013
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Conducting Fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Mar. 1

Concert also features pianist Peter Frankl

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by the School’s conducting fellows, Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani, on Friday, March 1, 2013. Pianist Peter Frankl will also perform with the orchestra. The concert takes place at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The performance will open with the Concertino No. 1 in E-flat major by the Classical-era Italian composer Pergolesi, conducted by Paolo BortolameolliStravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, conducted by Jonathan Brandani, will follow. The Suite is modeled after themes from Pergolesi’s music but infused with Stravinsky’s own style through modern harmonies and rhythmic modifications.

The second half of the program features two pieces by Mozart. Jonathan Brandani will conduct the Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453, which will feature piano soloist Peter Frankl. The Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, which Paolo Bortolameolli will conduct, is one of Mozart’s final three symphonies, a culmination of Mozart’s assimilation of the styles of Bach and Handel with his own classicism.

Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani study orchestral conducting with Shinik Hahm at the Yale School of Music. The annual Conducting Fellows Recital offers the opportunity for the fellows to conduct the Yale Philharmonia in concert.

Admission to the concert 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. MORE

Published February 19, 2013
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New Music for Orchestra features works by student composers Dec. 6

The Yale School of Music presents the annual New Music for Orchestra concert on Thursday, December 6, 2012. The program features the music of five up-and-coming composers performed by the Yale Philharmonia, conducted by Shinik Hahm.

The concert presents five new pieces for chamber orchestra: “Guess That Shape” by Stephen Feigenbaum; “Arion” by William Gardiner; “Sinfonia after Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni” by Michael Gilbertson; “My Reflection Ran Away with my Eyes” by Daniel Schlosberg; and “Sudamala” by Matthew Welch.

All five composers are students in the composition program at the Yale School of Music.

Other featured students are conducting fellows Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani, who will each conduct a piece on the program. MORE

Published November 19, 2012
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Yale Philharmonia performs Nov. 1

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. MORE

Published October 22, 2012
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