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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.

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

About the artist
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.

For calendar editors
Wendy Sharp, violin, in a concert to celebrate her fiftieth birthday. With numerous guest artists performing three world premieres (Chamber Music by Time Andres, Addis Sketch by Rick Bassett, and Hebrew texts set to music by Gerald Cohen) and Mendelssohn’s Octet for strings.

Date/time: Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Venue: Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall
470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets: Free admission
Info: 203 432-4158 •