Yale Philharmonia offers rarely-performed 20th-century chamber concertos

Concerts take place at Sprague Hall Feb. 25 & 26, Carnegie Hall Feb. 28

Featured soloists include Yale faculty Frank Morelli, bassoon • David Shifrin, clarinet • Ransom Wilson, flute • and YSM graduate Jian Liu, piano

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and conductor Shinik Hahm in Concertante: rarely-performed twentieth-century chamber concertos. The program will be performed Friday and Saturday, February 25 and 26, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven), and in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Ave, New York City) on Monday, February 28 at 7:30 pm as part of the Yale in New York series.

This innovative program by a chamber-sized Yale Philharmonia presents four eclectic takes on the baroque concerto grosso. The Swiss composer Frank Martin originally wrote his Second Ballade for saxophone, string orchestra, piano, and percussion in 1938. This will be the U.S. premiere of the recently-rediscovered version for flute, performed with soloist Ransom Wilson.

Ernest Bloch was best known for his works based on Jewish themes. His Concerto Grosso No. 1 (1925) is a different kind of piece, featuring a touching second-movement Dirge and closing with a whirling Fugue. Jian Liu, a graduate of the Yale School of Music, will perform the prominent piano part.

David Shifrin performing with a Yale School of Music ensemble in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Sep. 2009.

Richard Strauss wrote his Duet-Concertino in 1947, when he was 83. The piece sets the solo clarinet and bassoon (played by David Shifrin and Frank Morelli, respectively) against the strings and harp, while giving the strings a chamber music-like intimacy. In the Variaciones concertantes by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, each variation highlights a different solo instrument or ensemble. The work is colorful, rhythmically driven, and deeply expressive.

Both performances are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, please visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published February 4, 2011
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