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Yale School of Music features select graduate performers in Feb. 7 recital

January 27, 2011

Program features music of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Hindemith, Bizet, Ravel, Xenakis

David Pershall, baritone, and Eric Barry, tenor, performing together at Convocation, September 2010.

The Yale School of Music presents a select group of performers in a recital on Monday, February 7, at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The performers, who are graduate students at the School of Music, will play music for a variety of instruments (including voice) from the Romantic period and the twentieth century.

Pianist Kuok-Wai Lio ’12MM will open the recital with a Schubert Impromptu. The Linden String Quartet will perform the first movement from Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13. The members of the ensemble, which is the current Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, are Catherine Cosbey and Sarah McElravy, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello, all ’12AD. Bassoonist Scott Switzer, praised by the New York Times for playing the “evocative solo elegantly” in a Yale Philharmonia concert last April, will perform Hindemith’s lyrical, compact bassoon sonata.

Eric Barry ’11AD, tenor, and David Pershall ’11AD, baritone, will sing “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). The singers, who are both in the Yale Opera program, will be accompanied by faculty pianist Douglas Dickson. Violinist Xi Chen ’11CERT, a top prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, will play Ravel’s virtuosic Tzigane. The recital will conclude with Rebonds Part A by Iannis Xenakis, performed by percussionist Ian Rosenbaum ’11AD. This part of the piece uses only skins: bongos, tom-toms, and bass drums, covering a wide range of pitch.

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