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Vista concert offers a fresh look at chamber music

February 11, 2011

Students present commentary on the music alongside live performances

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Sunday, February 20 at 4 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). Part of the School of Music’s renowned chamber music program, Vista features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the chamber music program and the director of the Vista series.

The program on February 20 will open with Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio in E minor for piano, violin, and cello; the title refers to a reflective, epic Slavic ballad. Next is Debussy Blanc et Noir (Black and White) for two pianos – which, despite its name, is a deeply colorful and original work. The concert will conclude with the Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, a chamber work on a grand scale.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Chamber Music at YSM

The Yale School of Music is unique in that all performance faculty coach chamber music, and all students are involved in chamber music for their entire tenure at the School. Ensembles come together each semester and receive weekly coachings from distinguished faculty and guest artists. Chamber groups often perform in the Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts, which take place at both Morse Recital Hall and the Center for British Art, and in the Vista series, in which performances are enhanced by spoken commentary on the music. Students also take part in the annual chamber music competition, whose winners are featured in an annual Chamber Music Society concert.