Peter Oundjian guest conducts the Yale Philharmonia in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and more April 1

Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, winner of the Woolsey Competition, sings Strauss

Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street at Grove Street, New Haven). The concert will feature Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony as well as music of Bedřich Smetana and Richard Strauss. Oundjian, a longtime faculty member at the Yale School of Music, was recently appointed the music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The program opens with Smetana’s Šárka, one of the six tone poems from the series Má Vlast (“Homeland”). It is named for the female warrior Šárka, a fierce figure in the Czech legend of the Maidens’ War. Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, a graduate of the Yale Opera program and a winner of the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will sing Notturno, a song by Strauss on a text by Richard Dehmel. Dehmel’s poem tells the story of an encounter with Death in a dark, snow-covered landscape. Holly Piccoli will play the solo violin line, which depicts the moment that Death plays a violin.

Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony will constitute the second half of the concert. The conductor Herbert von Karajan once said that when listening to the work, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.”

This performance is free and open to the public. MORE

Published March 4, 2011
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Slideshow: Yale Philharmonia at Carnegie Hall

Click below to view a slideshow of photos of the Yale Philharmonia’s performance in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. Shinik Hahm conducted the performance, which featured Ransom Wilson, flute; David Shifrin, clarinet; and Frank Morelli, bassoon.

A review of the concert hailed “some of the most satisfying music-making I’ve heard in the past half-century.”

Published March 4, 2011
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