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Peter Oundjian to conduct Yale Philharmonia Jan. 22

January 5, 2010

Oundjian leads the orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov, Walton, Vaughan Williams

oundjian_blogThe Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, January 22 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia’s principal guest conductor, will lead the orchestra in music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Walton, and Vaughan Williams. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol opens the program. Violinist Katherine Hyun, a graduate of the School of Music and a winner of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will perform the solo in William Walton’s Violin Concerto. The demanding yet intimate piece was written for the legendary Jascha Heifetz, who premiered the work with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1939. Around that same time, Ralph Vaughan Williams began work on his Symphony No. 5 in D major, returning to a more romantic sound than he had used in his previous symphony.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Peter Oundjian

Conductor and violinist Peter Oundjian studied at the Royal College of Music in London, England. After winning the Gold Medal there, he went on to the Juilliard School in 1975 to study with Ivan Galamian. He also worked with Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Oundjian has soloed with the Boston Pops and the Toronto, Montreal, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras, the National Arts Center Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic. He was first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet from 1981 to 1995. Peter Oundjian’s formal conducting debut was in 1995 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Since then he has conducted the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Cincinnati, and Berlin symphony orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is the music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Caramoor Festival, and artistic director and principal guest conductor of the Detroit Symphony. He has been on the School of Music faculty since 1981.

About the Yale Philharmonia

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall and Yale Opera productions in the Shubert Theater. In addition to its New Haven appearances, the Yale Philharmonia has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai.