Yale in New York presents “Serenade and Metamorphosis” in New York and New Haven

A past Yale in New York performance in Zankel Hall

The Yale School of Music and the Yale in New York concert series present “Serenade and Metamorphosis,” a program celebrating the tradition of the instrumental serenade. Concertmaster Ani Kavafian will lead an ensemble of fellow faculty as well as alumni and student string players.

The concert takes place in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 7:30 pm. There will be a preview concert in New Haven on Thursday, April 11 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The program pairs Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings with a new piece for the same instrumentation written by YSM graduate Matthew Barnson’12DMA. This will be the world premiere of Barnson’s The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying, a work inspired by Jeremy Taylor’s masterpiece of the 17th-century English cult of melancholia and the sound of Gerhard Richter painting.

Strauss’s Metamorphosen, written in the concluding months of the World War II, is regarded as an elegy for the destruction wrought on Germany by the devastating bombing of Munich. The piece features the complex counterpoint that became a hallmark of Strauss’s compositions.

The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s lush Serenade for Strings, a definitive piece of the late Romantic era. In addition to concertmaster Ani Kavafian, faculty violinists Wendy Sharp and Kyung Yu will also perform in the ensemble.

Yale in New York, led by artistic director David Shifrin, is now in its sixth season. Tickets from $15–$20 are available at the Carnegie Hall box office, online at www.carnegiehall.org, or through CarnegieCharge: 212 247-7800. Admission to the preview concert is free.

Published March 15, 2013
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Yale Philharmonia opens its season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Sep. 23 concert features soloists from Yale Opera plus Yale Camerata and Yale Glee Club

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8 pm in historic Woolsey Hall.

Shinik Hahm will conduct the concert, which opens with a fanfare by Richard Strauss and continues with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3. The fanfare, written for the Vienna Philharmonic, has been played at the orchestra’s annual balls ever since its composition in 1924. Beethoven’s dramatic overture is one of four written for his only opera – which itself went through numerous revisions and was eventually named Fidelio.

For Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, the Yale Philharmonia will be joined by the Yale Glee Club (Jeffrey Douma, director) and Yale Camerata (Marguerite L. Brooks, director). The vocal soloists, who are current or former students in the prestigious Yale Opera program, are soprano Amanda Hall, mezzo-soprano Kelly Hill, tenor Sam Levine, and bass-baritone Andrew Brown.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. MORE

Published September 7, 2011
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Peter Oundjian guest conducts the Yale Philharmonia in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and more April 1

Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, winner of the Woolsey Competition, sings Strauss

Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street at Grove Street, New Haven). The concert will feature Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony as well as music of Bedřich Smetana and Richard Strauss. Oundjian, a longtime faculty member at the Yale School of Music, was recently appointed the music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The program opens with Smetana’s Šárka, one of the six tone poems from the series Má Vlast (“Homeland”). It is named for the female warrior Šárka, a fierce figure in the Czech legend of the Maidens’ War. Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, a graduate of the Yale Opera program and a winner of the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will sing Notturno, a song by Strauss on a text by Richard Dehmel. Dehmel’s poem tells the story of an encounter with Death in a dark, snow-covered landscape. Holly Piccoli will play the solo violin line, which depicts the moment that Death plays a violin.

Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony will constitute the second half of the concert. The conductor Herbert von Karajan once said that when listening to the work, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.”

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Published March 4, 2011
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Shinik Hahm leads the Yale Philharmonia in two works of Richard Strauss and the Fourth Symphony of Brahms on Thursday, November 18


The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and conductor-in-residence Shinik Hahm on Thursday, November 18 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets, New Haven). The program features the music of Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms.

Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan opens the evening, led by Adrian Slywotzky, a conducting fellow at the School of Music. The piece depicts the exploits of Don Juan, the same storyline that Yale Opera will explore in its winter production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Oboist Carl Oswald, a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition, will join the orchestra for Strauss’s Oboe Concerto in D major. Strauss wrote the concerto for John De Lancie, a GI stationed in Germany after World War II who in civilian life had played oboe in the Pittsburgh Orchestra – and who later would serve for 30 years as principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert will conclude with Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor, considered by many one of the composer’s greatest masterpieces. Despite its dark tone, the work was acclaimed from its very first performance in 1885 and has been enormously popular ever since.

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Published October 25, 2010
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