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Guest conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in an evening of Russian music October 22

September 30, 2010

Program features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, plus Glinka and Koussevitzky

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and principal guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, October 22 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets, New Haven). All the music on the program is from Russia, with works by Glinka, Koussevitzky, and Tchaikovsky.

The program opens with the Overture to Glinka’s opera Russlan and Ludmilla. Sergey Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto follows, in a performance by Nathaniel Chase, a winner of the 2010 Woolsey Competition. Koussevitzky, though remembered most for his conducting, was also a highly accomplished composer and double bass player who performed the work as soloist in its 1905 premiere.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor will conclude the performance. The symphony uses a theme derived from Glinka’s first opera, A Life for the Czar, a small link between the first piece on the program and the last. Throughout the symphony’s four movements, this theme is gradually transformed from the darkness of the opening to the triumph of the finale.

Admission to the performance is free. 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.

Conductor and violinist Peter Oundjian studied at the Royal College of Music in London. After winning the Gold Medal there, he went on to the Juilliard School to study with Ivan Galamian. He also worked with Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Oundjian has soloed with the Toronto, Montreal, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras, the National Arts Center Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic. He was first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet from 1981 to 1995. Peter Oundjian’s made his formal conducting debut in 1995 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Since then he has conducted the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, and Berlin symphony orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Zurich Tonhalle, among others. He is the music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Caramoor Festival, and artistic director and principal guest conductor of the Detroit Symphony. He has been on the School of Music faculty since 1981.