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Harp studio performs Dec. 3

November 14, 2011

Concert features music for solo harp plus harp duos

The Yale School of Music presents the harp studio of faculty artist June Han in a collective recital on Saturday, December 3 at 8 pm. The music will include selections for solo harp as well as for harp duo. Performers from the School of Music include Kristan Toczko ’12 MM and Grace Guo ’13 MM. Also appearing are undergraduate harpists Olivia Coates ’12 BA, Chelsea Lane ’14 BA, and Dana Schneider ’15 BA.

Han enjoys an active international career as a harpist and educator, and appears frequently with the New York Philharmonic, among other prestigious ensembles. Toczko, a winner of the 2011 Woolsey Competition, will perform the Ginastera harp concerto with the Yale Philharmonia and guest conductor Jahja Ling on April 20, 2012.

Canadian harpist and composer Caroline Lizotte composed her Raga for two harps in 2006. The work begins in the improvisatory style and strong modality of the Indian musical form. This unique and exotic piece demands a number of non-traditional methods of creating sound on the harp, such as percussive effects.

Henriette Renié’s Contemplation will be followed by Giovanni Battista Pescetti’s Sonata in C minor, transcribed for harp by Carlos Salzedo. This piece demonstrates the elegance of his style, which straddles the late Baroque and early Classical eras.

Toczko will perform the Harp Sonata by Paul Hindemith, who was on the Yale faculty from 1940 to 1953. Two French works for harp will round out the concert: Albert Roussel’s solo Impromptu, Op. 21; and Parvis, a duet by Bernard Andrés.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free.

For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.