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Wendy Sharp and guests perform chamber music for strings, including Schoenberg’s sextet Verklärte Nacht

January 5, 2010

January 16 program also features a new work by Christopher Theofanidis

sharp_blogViolinist Wendy Sharp will bring together several guest artists for a Faculty Artist Series concert on Saturday, January 16 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Joining Ms. Sharp will be Andrea Schultz, violin; Marka Gustavsson, viola; Carol Rodland, viola; Scott Kluksdahl, cello; and Mimi Hwang, cello. The program features chamber works of Kodály, Schoenberg, and Christopher Theofanidis. The repertoire spans just over 100 years, from Schoenberg’s seminal Verklärte Nacht from 1899 to Christopher Theofanidis’ new Summer Verses.

Theofanidis is a professor of composition at the Yale School of Music and is also the artistic director of the New Music New Haven concert series; his Summer Verses is a duet for violin and cello written this year. Kodály, who often worked alongside his Hungarian colleague Bartók, wrote his Serenade for the unusual trio of two violins and viola. Bartók wrote of the Serenade’s second movement: “We find ourselves in a fairy world never dreamt of before.” That phrase could also describe Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, a string sextet from 1899. Written in the chromatic tonal language of late Romanticism, the work (its title translates to Transfigured Night) is based on a poem of the same name by Richard Dehmel. The poem opens: “Two people are walking through a bare, cold wood; the moon keeps pace with them and draws their gaze.” As the transfiguration falls over the night, the man says: “You are voyaging with me on a cold sea,/but there is the glow of an inner warmth/from you in me, from me in you.”

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

Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician and is in demand as a teacher and chamber music coach. For nearly a decade, Ms. Sharp was the first violinist of the Franciscan String Quartet, with which she toured the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan and was honored with many awards including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian Prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, she graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and received the Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sharp has served on the faculties of Mannes College, Dartmouth College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Choate Rosemary Hall, and has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music West, Norfolk, and Music Academy of the West festivals. She is currently a member of the Blue Elm Trio, a string trio based in the New Haven area. Since 1985 she has been a faculty member at the Yale School of Music, where she is a lecturer in violin and director of chamber music.