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New endowment establishes Wendy Sharp ’82 BA Chamber Music Fellowship

Wendy Sharp

Wendy Sharp

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce a new endowment to support the Chamber Music Fellowship program. The endowment is part of funds raised in honor of Wendy Sharp and Dean Takahashi. Sharp, an alumna of Yale College, is the director of chamber music at the Yale School of Music. Takahashi, her husband, is a graduate of the Yale School of Management who serves as senior director of the Yale University Investments Office.

The Chamber Music Fellowship program at the School of Music supports one- to two-year residencies by talented young string quartets. The current Fellowship ensemble is the Argus Quartet, which is mentored by the Brentano Quartet. Previous Fellowship ensembles included the Jasper String Quartet. In the mid-1980s, Sharp participated in the program as a member of the Franciscan String Quartet. The program was then called the Wardwell Fellowship, and the Franciscan Quartet studied with the Tokyo String Quartet, which was the faculty ensemble in residence 1976–2013. MORE

Published March 10, 2016
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Vista concert March 3 illuminates Mozart, Taffanel, and Stravinsky

chamber_music3The Yale School of Music presents its spring Vista concert on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. The series offers performances by YSM’s outstanding chamber ensembles, enhanced by the students’ personal commentary on the music.

Featured on this program is Mozart‘s Trio in E-flat major for clarinet, viola, and piano, K. 298, a work which helped to popularize the relatively new (at the time) clarinet. The program will also feature the Wind Quintet in G minor by nineteenth century composer Paul Taffanel. Stravinsky‘s The Rite of Spring, arranged for two pianos, will close the evening.

Wendy Sharp is the director of the chamber music program at the Yale School of Music. The concert takes place at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven), and is free and open to the public.

Published February 22, 2016
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Mark your calendar: Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts in spring 2016

chamber_music3The Yale School of Music will present four Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts in the winter and spring of 2016. These free concerts feature a variety of chamber music and ensembles composed of graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music.

The chamber music program at the Yale School of Music is directed by Wendy Sharp.

All concerts begin at 12:30 pm and are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Details on the venues are below. MORE

Published January 13, 2016
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Wendy Sharp offers chamber music recital Jan 31

sharp_wendy_web_hThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents violinist Wendy Sharp and friends in a chamber music recital on SundayJanuary 31 at 4:00 pm. Sharp will be joined by fellow YSM faculty member Melvin Chen, piano, as well as by Julie Kim, violin, Marka Gustavsson, viola, and Mimi Hwang, cello.

The program opens with the first of Haydn‘s many string quartets: the Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1. This is followed by Ernö Dohnányi‘s Serenade in C major for string trio, Op. 10, which the composer based on Beethoven’s Op. 8 Serenade for string trio.

Closing the program, all five players will come together for Elgar‘s Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84.  MORE

Published January 7, 2016
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eighth blackbird visits Yale for master class Oct. 19, concert Oct. 20

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eighth blackbird

The Yale School of Music is honored to welcome the Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird on October 19 and 20 for a concert as well as a talk and master class.

The first event, combining a master class and talk, takes place Monday, Oct. 19 and is free and open to the public. This precedes the sextet’s performance on Tuesday, Oct. 20, which features music by the Yale alumni composer collective Sleeping Giant. Both events take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Master Class & Talk

On Monday, Oct. 19, eighth blackbird will coach YSM students in two classic pieces of the chamber repertoire, Igor Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. The master class will focus on theatrical elements such as movement, choreography, stage presence, visual communication, and other elements. MORE

Published October 14, 2015
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Faculty Artist Series features Wendy Sharp Oct. 18

sharpThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents award-winning violinist Wendy Sharp in recital on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 pm. Ms. Sharp will be joined by pianist Joel Wizansky.

The recital will open with Dvořák’s Sonatina for violin and piano, followed by Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor. Prokofiev described parts of this sonata as “wind passing through a graveyard,” and movements from the work were played at the composer’s funeral.

After intermission, the program’s mood will lighten with works by two YSM faculty composers. First is Aaron Jay Kernis’s Air, which the composer describes as “a love letter to the violin.” MORE

Published October 2, 2015
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Violinist Wendy Sharp and friends perform chamber music Jan. 25

sharpThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents award-winning violinist Wendy Sharp and friends in a chamber music concert on Sunday, January 25 at 4:00 pm.

Ms. Sharp will be joined by fellow Yale faculty member Melvin Chen, piano, as well as Marka Gustavsson, viola, and Mimi Hwang, cello.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s Serenade, Op. 8, for violin, viola, and cello. This will be followed by three movements from George Tsontakis’ Knicknacks, a duet for violin and cello. MORE

Published January 23, 2015
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Vista concert presents chamber music by Brahms, Prokofiev, and more Dec. 7

A student chamber ensemble in Morse Recital Hall

A student chamber ensemble in Morse Recital Hall

The Yale School of Music presents a Vista concert on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4 pm. The Vista series features outstanding student performances enhanced by personal commentary on the music.

The December 7 program opens with Prokofiev‘s Quintet in G minor, Op. 39, written in 1924 for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass. Next is Brahms‘ fiery Trio in C minor, Op. 101, for violin, cello, and piano.

The second half opens with Two Night Movements for violin and guitar by the Australian composer Phillip Houghton. The concert concludes with Richard Strauss‘ youthful Quartet in C minor for piano and strings, Op. 13, written when the composer was only a teenager. MORE

Published November 19, 2014
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Faculty violinist Wendy Sharp performs music from Telemann to today Nov. 9

sharpThe Yale School of Music presents a recital by violinist Wendy Sharp on Sunday, November 9 at 4 pm. The event is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in concerts that are free and open to the public. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp, the winner of numerous competitions, is the coordinator of chamber music at YSM. Sharp will play with pianist Joel Wizansky, who has been praised by the Washington Post for his “emotional and rich performance, sparkling runs, beautiful phrasing, and dramatic interpretation.” MORE

Published October 29, 2014
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Vista concert March 4 features music from the Baroque to the 20th century

Morse-stage-spragueThe Yale School of Music presents the year’s second Vista concert on Tuesday, March 4 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert, directed by faculty violinist Wendy Sharp, will feature student performances enhanced by  commentary on the music.

The program includes pieces by Johann Friedrich Fasch, Jean Francaix, Pavel Haas, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will stream live online. LIVE STREAM   MORE

Published February 26, 2014
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