“Vocal Britain” features music of Britten and Walton

Dec. 1 preview in New Haven; Dec. 4 in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

The Yale School of Music presents Vocal Britain, a program of music by Benjamin Britten and William Walton, on December 1 in New Haven and December 4 in New York City. Presented by the Yale in New York series, under the artistic direction of David Shifrin, Vocal Britain will feature faculty horn soloist William Purvis, tenor Dann Coakwell ’11AD, guest conductor William Boughton, and members of the Yale Philharmonia and Yale Opera.

Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings will open the concert. Tenor Dann Coakwell ’11MM and faculty horn soloist William Purvis will be joined by the Linden String Quartet (the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music) and double bassist Gregory Robbins ’12MM.

Guest conductor William Boughton will lead a concert performance of William Walton’s one-act The Bear, featuring singers of Yale Opera and members of the Yale Philharmonia. Mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen ’08BA, ’12MM plays the role of the widow Yelina; baritone David Pershall ’10MM, ’11AD plays her late husband’s creditor Grigory; and bass-baritone Andrew Craig Brown ’11MM, ’12AD completes the trio as the household’s servant Luka. Boughton, an expert in the music of William Walton, is well-known to local audiences as the music director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

The Thursday preview performance takes place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street) and begins at 8 pm. Admission is free. On Sunday, December 4, the performance will begin at 7:30 pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Ave). Tickets are available through the Carnegie Hall box office or CarnegieCharge: 212 247-7800. MORE

Published November 11, 2011
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