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William Christie appointed OAE Emeritus conductor

William Christie

William Christie

classical-music.com |By Elinor Cooper

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment have added American conductor William Christie ’69 MM to their prestigious list of Emeritus conductors.

The OAE have never had a permanent conductor, rejecting the usual hierarchy of an orchestra in favour of a democratic set up.

Conductors are instead invited to perform by members of the orchestra, which allows the OAE to take advantage of a huge range of expertise. MORE

Published January 28, 2016
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Grammy nominations for YSM alumni include Thomas Newman, William Christie

a-far-cryThe album Dreams and Prayers was nominated for a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. The album features clarinetist David Krakauer and the ensemble A Far Cry, whose members include Miki-Sophia Cloud ’08MM as well as cellist Andrea Lee ’04BA. Cloud also curated the album; read the story behind Dreams and Prayers here.

Composer Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM was nominated for his score to Saving Mr. Banks.

William Christie ’69MM was the conductor of the performance nominated for Best Opera Recording: Rameau’s Hippolyte Et Aricie, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Glyndebourne Chorus. MORE

Published December 11, 2014
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William Christie leads the Yale Philharmonia in all-Handel concert

Feb. 25 concert also features harpsichordist Arthur Haas, new Yale Choral Artists

The Yale School of Music presents guest conductor William Christie in an all-Handel concert on Saturday, February 25. Christie, a graduate of the School of Music and the founder of the acclaimed early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, returns to Yale to lead the Yale Philharmonia and the new Yale Choral Artists in a program dedicated to the music of George Frideric Handel.

The renowned keyboard player Arthur Haas will play harpsichord and organ. The four members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble, a post-graduate ensemble dedicated to historical performance practice, will be the orchestra’s principal string players for this concert.

The concert opens with Handel’s stately overture to the oratorio Solomon and continues with the Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline, The Ways of Zion Do Mourn. The second half of the concert features the Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324. The Yale Choral Artists re-join the orchestra to conclude the concert with the celebratory Coronation Anthem No. 3: The King Shall Rejoice.

The New Yorker wrote that Christie’s “position in the world of early music is not unlike that of Zeus in a Baroque-opera production, gliding over the mortals in a bright chariot.” The Guardian notes that Christie’s contributions to early music have seen him “honored by academia, critics, the public and the French state.” MORE

Published February 1, 2012
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