Wendy Sharp performs chamber music for strings

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The Yale School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series recital by violinist Wendy Sharp on Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall.

The program opens with Dohnányi’s Serenade in C major for String Trio, Op. 10 and continues with the Duo (1925) for Violin and Cello by the Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff. Culminating the evening will be Dvořák’s String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97, dubbed the “American” quintet because it was written during the summer that the composer spent in Iowa. Sharp, who is director of chamber music and a member of the violin faculty at Yale, will be joined by guest artists Marka Gustavsson, viola; Scott Kluksdahl, cello; Carol Rodland, viola; and Lauren Basney, violin. MORE

Published February 6, 2009
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Yale University to host trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

Chubb Fellow Wynton Marsalis will hold a “musical conversation” on February 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the United Church on the Green, corner of Temple and Elm streets. The event is free and open to the public.

Wynton Marsalis is the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation. He is a big band leader in the tradition of Duke Ellington and also a prolific composer, educator, advocate for the arts, and public leader. Born in New Orleans, at age 14 he made his debut with the New Orleans Philharmonic and was a member of the New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, New Orleans Community Concert Band, New Orleans Youth Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony, and local jazz and funk bands. A year after moving to New York at age 17 to attend Juilliard, Mr. Marsalis joined Art Blakey’s band, the Jazz Messengers.

Marsalis has produced over 60 record albums. With his own band, Marsalis performed over 120 concerts a year. He has played with Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sweets Edison, Clark Terry, Sonny Rollins, and other jazz legends, and has garnered recognition for the earlier generation of jazz musicians and prompted the re-issuance of jazz recordings worldwide. MORE

Published February 4, 2009
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Tour de France with Ole Akahoshi & Elizabeth Parisot

Featuring works by Debussy, Durosoir, Saint-Saëns; Lecture by scholar John Powell highlights Durosoir

The Yale School of Music presents “Tour de France,” a Faculty Artist Series recital by cellist Ole Akahoshi and pianist Elizabeth Parisot on Friday, January 30 at 8:15 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College St at Wall St). John S. Powell, a professor of music history at the University of Tulsa, will offer a pre-concert lecture at 7:30 pm on the rarely-heard music of Lucien Durosoir (1878-1955). Durosoir’s Maiade, as well as the Berceuse and Rondo from Aquarelles, are featured on the program. The concert will also include Debussy’s lush Sonata for Cello and Piano and two works by Saint-Saëns, the neo-classical Suite in D minor, Op. 16 and the mature Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 123.

Admission to the lecture and recital is free.  For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.

Ole AkahoshiGerman cellist Ole Akahoshi has concertized on four continents in recitals and as soloist with orchestras, including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin and Symphonisches Orchester Berlin. Winner of numerous competitions, Akahoshi has been featured on CNN, NPR, RIAS-Berlin, Korean Broadcasting, and WQXR. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Seoul Arts Center, and Wigmore Hall, and has recorded for Albany, New World, CRI, Calliope, Bridge, and Naxos. Akahoshi studied at Juilliard, Yale (with Aldo Parisot), and Indiana University (with Janos Starker). He is principal cellist of the Sejong Soloists and is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music.

Elizabeth Parisot, piano, has served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music since 1977.  She has appeared at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Hispanic Institute (Madrid), and Jerusalem Music Center. With her husband, cellist Aldo Parisot, she has toured extensively.  Recent tours include Korea and Italy with violinist Kyung Hak Yu and Taiwan with Erick Friedman and Aldo Parisot. She has also performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker, and Ralph Kirshbaum. A longtime collaborative artist with cellists, Ms. Parisot was awarded the title “Grande Dame du Violoncelle” in 2007 by the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at Indiana University. Elizabeth Parisot has Elizabeth Parisotnumerous recordings to her credit, including on the Musical Heritage Society, Serenus, Phonodisc, Delos, and Albany labels.

John S. Powell is a professor of musicology at the University of Tulsa and the author of Music and Theatre in France, 1600-1680 (2000). He has published numerous articles on the Moliere-Lully-Charpentier comédies-ballets and other works of seventeenth-century musical theater, as well as a website of musical editions with full-text facsimiles of plays. In 2006 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Nancy, France, where he studied the works of Durosoir.

Published February 4, 2009
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Yale in NY offers piano music for four and six hands

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Featuring pianists Boris Berman, Claude Frank, Elizabeth Parisot, Wei-Yi Yang

The Yale School of Music presents “One and Two Pianos, Four and Six Hands,” a fascinating program of music by Mozart, Schnittke, and Stravinsky, on Wednesday, February 4 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. Eminent pianists from the School of Music include Boris Berman, Claude Frank, Elizabeth Parisot, Ilya Poletaev, Wei-Yi-Yang, and Dean Robert Blocker. Alumna Pei-Yao Wang and student Reinis Zarins will also perform. In reviews of recent Yale in New York performances, the New York Times praised Berman’s “fluency” and Yang’s “virtuosity.”

The first half of the program highlights works of Mozart, opening with the overture to The Marriage of Figaro arranged for piano six hands. This unusual transcription was created by the renowned piano pedagogue and composer Carl Czerny, who was born in 1791, the year of Mozart’s death. This is followed by Mozart’s Andante with Five Variations for Piano Duet in G major, K. 501, for piano four hands, and the Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448.

The evening’s second half opens with another novelty for six hands: the seldom-performed Homage to Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich by Alfred Schnittke. The evening ends with a masterpiece, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the composer’s own transcription for piano four hands. Months before the groundbreaking Rite premiered in Paris in 1913, Stravinsky himself played this four-hand version with none other than Claude Debussy, who later remarked that the piece haunted him like “a beautiful nightmare.”

Published February 4, 2009
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Nicholas McGegan: “Celebration of Four Masters”

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Nicholas McGegan, acclaimed by The New Yorker as “an expert in eighteenth-century style,” will conduct choral and orchestral works of Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, and George Frideric Handel on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 4 pm in Woolsey Hall. The concert is a “Celebration of Four Masters”— a reference to McGegan and the three featured composers — and coincides with the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death and the 200th anniversary of both Mendelssohn’s birth and Haydn’s death. McGegan will conduct the Yale Philharmonia (Shinik Hahm, director) and Yale Collegium Players (Robert Mealy, director) in Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 “Drum Roll,” and a selection of works for chorus and orchestra: Haydn’s Te Deum in C and Der Sturm with the Yale Camerata (Marguerite Brooks, conductor); Mendelssohn’s Verleih uns Frieden and Hear My Prayer with the Yale Glee Club (Jeffrey Douma, director); Haydn’s Salve Regina with the Yale Voxtet (James Taylor, director); and Handel’s As Pants the Hart and Te Deum in A with the Yale Schola Cantorum (Simon Carrington, director). The program concludes with the combined choruses and instrumentalists in Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus from Messiah.

The concert is a presentation of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale School of Music, and the Yale Glee Club. Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu, www.yale.edu/ism, or call 203-432-4158.

Acclaimed by the Glasgow Herald as “a wizard who can make music soar in apparent defiance of gravity,” Nicholas McGegan has been the Music Director of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) for more than twenty years and since 1991 the Artistic Director of Germany’s International Handel-Festival at Gottingen. Mr. McGegan is an active recording artist, with an extensive discography with the PBO and other performing groups, including the Gottingen Festival Opera and Orchestra and the Arcadian Academy. Mr. McGegan’s world-premiere recording of Handel’s Susanna earned a Gramophone Award. His most recent recordings include music by Handel and Mendelssohn for Carus, Romanza, featuring works of Hummel, Lachner and Weber, and Handel’s Atalanta and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, both with PBO.  Born in England and educated at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Mr. McGegan has an honorary degree from London’s Royal College of Music and was elected an Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 2006.

Published February 2, 2009
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