Woolsey Hall Competition April 16 showcases promising graduate musicians

Singers and instrumentalists selected in preliminary rounds to compete

The Yale School of Music presents the annual Woolsey Hall Competition on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Despite its name, the competition will take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven). The competition, which runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch, features both instrumentalists and vocalists. Competitors are selected by Yale School of Music faculty in preliminary rounds.

Violinist Ji-Yun Han, a past winner of the Woolsey Competition, performs with the Yale Philharmonia in Woolsey Hall.

Each musician will perform for approximately ten minutes before a panel of distinguished judges. The three winners will appear as soloists with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale next season. This annual event is one of only two competitions at the Yale School of Music; the other is open to chamber music ensembles and offers the chance to perform on the School’s chamber music concert series.

The three guest judges for this year’s Woolsey Competition are Sharon Yamada, David Ohanian, and André-Michel Schub. Yamada, a graduate of both Yale College and the Yale School of Music, is a violinist with the prestigious New York Philharmonic. David Ohanian has played French horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Empire Brass, and Canadian Brass, and currently teaches at the Boston Conservatory. Pianist André-Michel Schub performed at Yale earlier this season as part of the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio. A past winner of the Naumburg Competition, the Van Cliburn Competition, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Schub teaches at the Manhattan School of Music.

Admission to the Woolsey Competition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call the Office of Concerts and Media at 203 432-4158.

Published March 31, 2011
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The Yale Cellos premiere a new work by Ezra Laderman and perform favorites from Bach to Brubeck on April 20

The Yale School of Music presents the annual concert by the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos on Wednesday, April 20 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The diverse program will feature music from the baroque to the present day, with pieces by Bach, Grieg, Stravinsky, Bright Sheng, and more.

Photo by Bob Handelman

The concert will open with a movement from a sonata by the Baroque composer Giuseppe Valentini. Two pieces from the twentieth century follow: the Tarantella from Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and the Humoresque, Op. 5, by the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The ensemble will then give the world premiere of Ezra Laderman’s Cello Variations, written for Aldo Parisot and the Yale Cellos.

Tibetan Dance, by the Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng, will open the second half of the program, which will also include transcriptions of music from the baroque and the twentieth century: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Dave Brubeck’s Concordia, Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, and two movements from Vivaldi’s “Winter” Concerto in F minor from The Four Seasons.

Published March 31, 2011
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