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Vista explores colorful range of chamber music Dec. 10

Concert features both traditional and unconventional ensembles

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 8 pm. The Vista series features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. This concert will offer music by Haydn, Poulenc, Frank Martin, and Anton Arensky.

The program will open with Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, “Lark,” Op. 64, No. 5, and will continue with Poulenc’s insouciant Sextet for Piano and Winds.

Frank Martin’s “Poèmes de la Mort” sets texts by François Villon to an unusual ensemble of three male voices and three electric guitars. The singers are students in the School of Music’s vocal track in early music, song, and chamber ensemble.

Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, often considered the finest work by this Russian Romantic composer, will conclude the program.

Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the YSM chamber music program and the director of the Vista series. In announcing the concert program, for which many ensembles were nominated, she noted that “the high level of playing made the decision-making extremely tough.”

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. No tickets are required; the concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit


Haydn: String Quartet in D major, “Lark,” Op. 64, No. 5
Geoffrey Herd, violin; Shawn Moore, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; Andrew Hayhurst, cello. Coached by Clive Greensmith.

Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds
Kenny Seung, flute; Kaitlin Taylor, oboe; Wai Lau, clarinet; Meryl Summers, bassoon; Andrew Mee, horn; Suzana Bartal, piano. Coached by William Purvis.

Frank Martin:  Poèmes de la Mort (text by François Villon)
Steven Soph, tenor; Daniel Moore, baritone; Taylor Ward, bass; Trevor Babb, guitar; Graham Banfield, guitar; Alan Pawlowicz, guitar. Coached by Ben Verdery.

Arensky:  Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op. 32
Victor Fournelle-Blain, violin; Hae Yoon Shin, cello; Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano. Coached by Peter Frankl.