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Jory Vinikour brings historical keyboards to life in Oct. 16 concert

September 23, 2011

Program features French, German harpsichords

The concert season at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments opens with a performance by harpsichordist Jory Vinikour on Sunday, October 16. Vinikour, born in the U.S. and active across Europe, will perform music by Bach, Handel, Rameau, and others on French and German harpsichords from the eighteenth century. The concert will take place at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

Two harpsichords from the Collection will be featured in this recital. Music by French composers will be performed on a harpsichord made in Paris around 1740 by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder. Music by Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel will be performed on a harpsichord made in Hamburg around 1760 by Johann Adolph Hass.

Vinikour will open the program with J.S. Bach’s virtuosic Toccata in D Major, BWV 912, performing on the German harpsichord. He will then play four of Domenico Scarlatti’s compact sonatas: the Sonata in D Major, K. 535; B minor, K 87; D Major, K. 119; and D minor, K. 120. The first half will close with Handel’s Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435, a set of increasingly intricate variations.

The second half of the program turns to France: On the Parisian harpsichord, Vinikour will perform a suite of pieces in F major by Louis Couperin. The concert will conclude with Rameau’s second set of Pièces de Clavecin (harpsichord pieces), written in 1724.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery.

Tickets to the concert are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Collection at 203 432-0822.

About Jory Vinikour

Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. Born in Chicago, he came to Paris on a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation. Since winning first prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and Prague Spring Festival (1994), he has performed throughout the world. As a concerto soloist with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Nyman, he has appeared with numerous leading orchestras and conductors. He has appeared as an accompanist in recital with Anne Sofie von Otter and many others. An active exponent of contemporary repertoire for the harpsichord, he has given the premieres of works by Harold Meltzer and Régis Campo and has given important performances of music by Ligeti, Nyman, and others. Mr. Vinikour appears regularly as harpsichordist and continuo player at the Zurich Opera, Paris Opera, Netherlands Opera, Salzburg Festival, Teatro Real de Madrid, and Glyndebourne, and is heard on numerous recordings from Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, and Erato. Two of his recordings have made the Chicago Tribune’s annual lists of top ten classical CDs. Mr. Vinikour has given master classes for the Austrian Baroque Academy, the Tchaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow, and elsewhere. Upcoming appearances include his debut as conductor/soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.