Rising stars of Yale Opera present an evening of Russian song

December 13 concert at Sprague Hall features an all-Tchaikovsky first half

Yale Opera and the Yale School of Music present Liederabend, the German word for “evening of song,” on Monday, December 13 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will focus on the art song of Russia, beginning with Tchaikovsky and then moving into the twentieth century.

The first, all-Tchaikovsky half of the concert features songs to texts by Alexei Tolstoy, Lev Mey, the composer’s younger brother Modest Tchaikovsky, and other writers. The second half of the concert will feature songs by Prokofiev and Shostakovich as well as highlighting the contributions of lesser-known composers such as Mikael Tariverdiev, Nariman Sabitov, Georgy Sviridov, and several more.

All the singers are students in the Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music, led by artistic director Doris Yarick Cross. Pianist Emily Olin is coaching the singers in the repertoire and Russian language, and will perform with the singers on this program. MORE

Published November 17, 2010
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Star piano quartet OPUS ONE gives East Coast premiere of a Lowell Liebermann piece, plus music of Mozart and Schumann

“The technical mastery of a solo recital with with the exuberance of a jam session.”
– Post Gazette

The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents OPUS ONE in a recital on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College
Street, New Haven). The distinguished piano quartet has garnered widespread acclaim since its debut twelve years ago. Its members, who have all built high-profile careers of their own, are Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; and Peter Wiley, cello. Kavafian is the sister of violinist Ani Kavafian, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty.

The concert will open with Mozart’s beloved Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, K. 478. Next will be the East Coast premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s new Quartet for Piano and Strings, which the ensemble premiered this past August. “It was an incredibly beautiful piece, and well received,” wrote the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. The evening will conclude with Schumann’s masterful Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 44.

Of one performance, the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote: “Opus One sang and soared, trilled and thrilled. Its sense of musical coordination was confident, its grasp of artistic subtleties, strong…. there was a keen sense of teamwork and mutual support.”


Published November 17, 2010
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