Birthday concert from violinist Wendy Sharp features new works and Mendelssohn’s Octet

Premieres of music by Timo Andres ’09MM, Rick Bassett, and Gerald Cohen on June 13 program

How does a prominent violinist celebrate her fiftieth birthday? With a concert, of course, and also by having three composers write new pieces just for the occasion. And to top it off, by playing one of the great chamber works for double string quartet with long-time colleagues, family, and friends.

That is just how Wendy Sharp will celebrate her birthday in Sprague Hall on Sunday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m. Ms. Sharp, a long-time member of the Yale School of Music faculty member and director of the the School’s chamber music program, will be joined by violinists Robin Sharp, Andrea Schultz, and Tema Watstein; violists Marka Gustavsson and Sharon Wei; cellists Mimi Hwang, Irene Sharp, Kerry Takahashi, and Kai Takahashi; and pianists Gerald Cohen and Timo Andres in works including world premieres by Timo Andres, Rick Bassett, and Gerald Cohen and Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet for strings.

The three composers who have written pieces especially for this occasion are all Yale alumni. Timo Andres‘s work is entitled “Clamber Music,” for two violins and piano; Rick Bassett‘s piece, called “Addis Sketch,” is for violin and two cellos; and Gerald Cohen has set several Hebrew texts for violin and piano.

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Published June 8, 2010
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