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Yale in New York series offers a preview of Prokofiev Rediscovered: premieres and rarities

Among the three premieres is the unfinished opera Distant Seas and Music for Athletic Exercises, performed with dance

prokofiev_squareThe celebrated Yale in New York series offers a special preview concert of its Prokofiev Rediscovered program on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program, which will also be presented in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 9, features premieres and rarely-performed works by one of the titans of twentieth-century music. Boris Berman, the acclaimed pianist and Prokofiev specialist who conceived the program, performs with faculty colleagues Ettore Causa, viola; Stephen Taylor, oboe; and Robert Blocker, piano, as well as distinguished alumni, student, and guest performers.

The concert will showcase three recently-discovered Prokofiev works: a fragment from the unfinished opera Distant Seas (1948) receives its world premiere, while Music for Athletic Exercises (1939) and the complete music from the ballet Trapeze (1924) will be heard in New Haven for the first time. In addition, Berman will be joined by Dean Robert Blocker in a rarely heard two-piano arrangement of a suite of Schubert waltzes. Music for Athletic Exercises will be performed with original choreography by the New York City Ballet’s Adam Hendrickson. The dancers, all part of the Adam Hendrickson Dance Project, are Elysia Dawn; Colby Damon, and Matthew Renko. The New York Times has raved that Mr. Hendrickson “is just about invincible: understated, enigmatic and full of eccentricity.”

Admission to the concert 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. For tickets to the concert in New York on February 9, please visit


Music for Athletic Exercises (1939) • Boris Berman, piano, with original choreography by Adam Hendrickson and dancers from the Hendrickson Dance Project (Elysia Dawn, Matt Renko, Colby Damon)

Fragment from the opera Distant Seas (1948) • Elisabeth de Trejo ’01 MM, soprano; Dann Coakwell ’11 MM, tenor; Rolando Sanz ’02 MM, ’03 AD, tenor; Boris Berman, piano

Music for the ballet Trapeze (1924) • Stephen Taylor, oboe; Emil Khudyev ’11 MM, clarinet; Marc Daniel van Biemen ’10 MM, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Aleksy Klyushnik ’11 MM, double bass

Schubert waltzes transcribed for two pianos (1923) • Robert Blocker and Boris Berman, pianos

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The Yale School of Music presents a Yale in New York preview concert.
Prokofiev Rediscovered: Premieres and Rarities

Fragment from the opera Distant Seas (world premiere); Music for Athletic Exercises (New York premiere) with original choreography by Adam Hendrickson; Music for the ballet Trapeze (New York premiere); Schubert waltzes transcribed by Prokofiev for two pianos

Date/time: Monday, February 8 at 8 p.m.
Venue: Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall
470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets: Free admission
Info: 203 432-4158 •
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Date/time: Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York
Tickets: $15-$25, students $10-$20
available at or 212 247-7800