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Two conductors, two Beethoven symphonies

March 24, 2011

The Yale Philharmonia returns to Sprague Hall April 15

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with its assistant conductors, Adrian Slywotzky (pictured at right) and Yang Jiao (pictured below) on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 5 pm. While the Yale Philharmonia usually performs in Woolsey Hall, this performance will take place in the more intimate space of Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

The conductors will lead the orchestra in two Beethoven symphonies. Yang Jiao will conduct the iconic Symphony No. 5 in C minor, and Adrian Slywotzky will lead the Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” in F major. Both Jiao and Slywotzky are studying orchestral conducting with Shinik Hahm at the Yale School of Music.

Admission to the performance is free, and 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.

About the Artists

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, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale 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 the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Yang Jiao won third prize at the Shenzhen National Conducting Competition of China at the age of 21. He graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing) department of conducting and is currently a Master of Music degree student at the Yale School of Music. Since 2008, Jiao has been the resident guest conductor of Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra, resident conductor of Beijing Institute of Technology University Symphony Orchestra, and conductor of Beijing’s No. 22 Middle School Symphony Orchestra and the EOS Orchestra Academy. Since 2006, Yang Jiao has been invited annually to perform in the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Yang Jiao has conducted numerous orchestras, including the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra.

Adrian Slywotzky has been active as a musician in the New Haven area since 1998. For the last three years he has been the director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra, and he is the founding conductor of the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra. Adrian has worked as an educator throughout New England: for five years he was the director of instrumental music at Hopkins School in New Haven, and he has taught at Neighborhood Music School, Elm City ChamberFest, and the Southern Maine String Camp. He is on the conducting staff of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and he was interim conductor of the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra for two seasons. As a violinist, Adrian has participated in festivals including Tanglewood, California Summer Music, and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival. Adrian holds a BA in architecture from Yale College and an MM in violin performance from the Yale School of Music. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music, where he studies with Shinik Hahm.


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