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Yale Philharmonia offers four 20th-century works for chamber orchestra in Sprague Hall Feb. 26-27

Program features the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring

Phil_Chamber_Orch_blogThe Yale Philharmonia, the premier ensemble of the Yale School of Music, will present two concerts of music for chamber orchestra on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The program, which is the same each night, belies the twentieth century’s reputation for difficult music: all four pieces are tonal and among the era’s most approachable repertoire. Shinik Hahm, the conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, will lead both performances.

The program opens with Stravinsky’s neo-classical chamber concerto Dumbarton Oaks (1937-8), inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Closing the first half is the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, scored for 13 instruments. The ever-popular work won Copland the 1945 Pulitzer Prize. Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1928) will feature soloist Paul Won Jin Cho, a winner of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The concert will conclude with Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for string orchestra.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets may be picked up at the Sprague Hall box office (470 College Street), or for a $1 handling fee per ticket can be reserved online or by phone. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website,, or call the concert office 203 432-4158. A live video stream of the concert will be available on the Yale School of Music website.

About the performers

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, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale 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. The Philharmonia recently undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Shinik Hahm, the conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, has been a professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music since 2004. A dynamic and innovative musician, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. In 2006 Maestro Hahm completed his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, with which he toured the U.S. in 2004 and Japan in 2005. The DPO and Hahm performed in leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore), Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and Osaka Symphony Hall. Hahm served as Music Director of the Abilene (TX) Philharmonic Orchestra for a decade (1993-2003), successfully converting the community ensemble into a professional regional orchestra.

Clarinetist Paul Won Jin Cho received his bachelor’s degree in music from Korean National University of Arts and his master’s degree from Seoul National University. He finished his Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California under Yehuda Gilad. Cho has won awards in numerous competitions and received a Koussevitzky Young Artist Award. He has been invited to solo with Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Torrance Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestra member, he has played with the Tanglewood Music Center, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and American Youth Symphony, appearing under distinguished conductors such as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sergiu Commissiona, Myung-Hun Chung, Placido Domingo, James Levine, and Carlos Miguel Prieto. Cho is currently studying with David Shifrin at the Yale School of Music pursuing his Artist Diploma.


The program will be presented in the following order: Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks, Copland: Appalachian Spring, Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto, and Stravinsky: Concerto in D.

These performances of the Yale Philharmonia will also feature assistant conductors Farkhad Khudyev and Adrian Slywotzky. Khudyev will conduct Dumbarton Oaks, and Slywotzky will conduct Appalachian Spring. Shinik Hahm will conduct the second half of the program