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Yale Philharmonia opens season on September 24 with pianist Peter Frankl in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto

September 3, 2010

Program also features Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique and a Rossini Overture

The Yale Philharmonia in Woolsey Hall. Photo by Bob Handelman.

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in its first concert of the season on Friday, September 24 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets, New Haven). Shinik Hahm will conduct the program, which opens with Rossini’s popular William Tell Overture. The eminent concert pianist Peter Frankl will join the orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major. The program will culminate in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, a stunning orchestral illustration of unrequited love colored with dreams both joyful and macabre.

Peter Frankl, a professor at the Yale School of Music since 1987, has been hailed by the press as a “beguiling colorist” and “true artist.” This season, Frankl will celebrate his 75th birthday with four separate appearances at Yale, encompassing solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Bartók.

This concert opens the Yale Philharmonia’s 2010-11 season, whose highlights include two appearances under renowned conductor Peter Oundjian, performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Symphony No. 5, chamber concertos with distinguished soloists, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. A complete schedule is available at music.yale.edu/concerts.

Admission to the performance is free. Share this event or RSVP on Facebook. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

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 and Yale Opera productions in the Shubert Theater. In addition to its New Haven appearances, the Yale Philharmonia 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. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Shinik Hahm, the resident 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. Hahm served as Music Director of the Abilene (Tex.) Philharmonic Orchestra for a decade (1993-2003), successfully converting the community ensemble into a professional regional orchestra.

Pianist Peter Frankl made his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1967. Since that time he has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Maazel, Salonen, and Solti. Among his many recordings are the complete works for piano by Schumann and Debussy, solo albums of Bartók and Chopin, a Hungarian anthology, Mozart concertos, Brahms trios and piano concertos, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets of Brahms, Schumann, and Dvorák. In recognition of his artistic achievements, Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic. On his seventieth birthday he was given one of the highest civilian awards in Hungary for his lifetime artistic achievement in the world of music.

For calendar editors

The Yale School of Music presents The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with conductor Shinik Hahm and pianist Peter Frankl.
: Rossini: Overture to William Tell
: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Peter Frankl, piano
: Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Date/time: Friday, September 24, 2010 at 8 pm
Venue: Woolsey Hall
500 College Street (corner of Grove), New Haven
Tickets: Free admission
Info: 203 432-4158 • music.yale.edu

Yale Philharmonia: 2011-11 Season

Fri, Sep 24 in Woolsey Hall
Shinik Hahm, conductor. Peter Frankl, piano. Rossini: William Tell Overture; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major; Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique.

Fri, Oct 22 in Woolsey Hall
Peter Oundjian, principal guest conductor. Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture; Koussevitzky: Double Bass Concerto, Op. 3, with Woolsey Competition winner Nathaniel Chase; and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5.

Thu, Nov 18, in Woolsey Hall
Shinik Hahm, conductor. Strauss: Don Juan, with conducting fellow Adrian Slywotzky, and Oboe Concerto, with Woolsey Competition winner Carl Oswald; Brahms: Symphony No. 4.

Thu, Dec 9 in Morse Recital Hall
Shinik Hahm, conductor. New music for orchestra by Yale composers.

Fri, Jan 21, in Woolsey Hall
Shinik Hahm conducts a program featuring Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

Fri & Sat, Feb 25-26 in Morse Recital Hall
Concertante: twentieth-century music for chamber orchestra and soloists.
Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1; Richard Strauss: Duett-Concertino; Frank Martin: Second Ballade (U.S. premiere); Alberto Ginestera: Variaciones concertantes. Shinik Hahm, conductor.

Fri, Apr 1 in Woolsey Hall
Peter Oundjian, principal guest conductor. Strauss: Nottorno, with Woolsey Competition winner Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone; and Mahler: Symphony No. 5.