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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs “Nuove musiche”: seventeenth-century masterpieces from Italy and Germany

October 22, 2010

YSM’s resident post-graduate ensemble performs on November 9, directed by Robert Mealy

Robert Mealy, director of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Photo by Bob Handelman.

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Mealy, in a program of “Nuove musiche” (new music) from the seventeenth century on Tuesday, November 9 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). This concert features works by Dario Castello, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Giovanni Battista Buonamente, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, and other composers who were experimenting with the possibilities offered by the invention of the sonata as a new art form. Their music is full of sudden harmonic surprises, brilliant virtuosity, and engagingly syncopated dance rhythms. Admission to the concert is free.

The members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble are Jae-Won Bang, Johanna Novom, and Jessica Park, baroque violin; Jacques Wood, baroque cello; and Avi Stein, harpsichord. The group, directed by baroque violinist and Yale School of Music professor Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Members of the Ensemble take part in an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785. The ensemble uses instruments that are replicas created from baroque models. The replicas are part of a growing assortment of instruments available for performance provided by the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, where the ensemble is in residence.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble presents a series of concerts each year on campus, and will make a special appearance in April 2011 in Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall as part of the Yale in New York series. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call 203 432-4158.