[ Concerts Faculty Students & Alumni ]

Yale Philharmonia offers Mahler, Berg, and Akiho’s new steel pan concerto January 21

December 15, 2010

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and conductor Shinik Hahm on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall. The concert will open with Andy Akiho’s new Concerto for Steel Pans, which received its premiere December 9 in Sprague Hall. Akiho, a trained percussionist as well as composer who has studied steel pan culture in Trinidad, will be the soloist in the piece. Akiho’s concerto was selected by the Yale School of Music’s composition faculty to be performed on this program.

Soprano Janna Baty will join the orchestra to perform excerpts from Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck. The opera, based on Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck, was a succès de scandale at its premiere in 1925 and quickly took off across Europe. Baty, a member of the School of Music faculty, has been praised by the Boston Herald for her “voice brimming with richness and confidence.”

The concert will close with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, called “The Titan” not for its size – though a performance requires about 100 musicians and lasts about one hour – but because Mahler originally based the work on Jean Paul’s novel of the same name.

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.


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.

Janna Baty, soprano, has garnered international accolades in her exceptionally versatile career. Recent engagements include appearances with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Boston Lyric Opera. She appears regularly with such contemporary ensembles as Collage New Music and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has sung under Seiji Ozawa and Robert Spano, among many others. Winner of several international competitions, most notably the XXI Dr. Luis Sigall International Music Competition (Chile), Baty has given concerts across Europe, the U.S., and South America and has worked alongside composers including Yehudi Wyner and John Harbison. She studied at Oberlin College and the Yale School of Music, and is currently on the voice faculty at the Yale School of Music.

Andy Akiho is an award-winning composer and performer whose interests stretch from steel pan to western classical music. Featured on PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer, his compositions have been recognized by Meet the Composer, Bang On a Can, the World Steelband Music Festival, and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards. Akiho studies composition at the Yale School of Music and is an active member of the Claremont Ensemble, TACTUS, and the Andees Trio. As a percussionist, Akiho has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Djoliba Don West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Gamelan Lila Muni, and many ensembles in New York City. Akiho won second prize in the 2002 World Steelband Music Festival solo competition and has participated in the world’s premier steel pan event, Panorama