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Yale Philharmonia performs Bruckner’s Third Symphony Jan. 13

Peter Oundjian conducts; program also features music of Ravel and Tchaikovsky

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert featuring music by Bruckner, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky on Friday, January 13, 2012. Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, will conduct the concert. The event begins at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program opens with Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso, the composer’s own orchestration of the Spanish-influenced movement from his piano suite Miroirs. Next is Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem Francesca da Rimini,” based on Dante’s Inferno and depicting the title character and her lover being whirled forever through the second circle of Hell.

The second half of the program features Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor, in the work’s 1889 version. Bruckner wanted to dedicated a symphony to his friend Richard Wagner, and Wagner chose this symphony for the honor.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit

About the Performers

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Conductor and violinist Peter Oundjian studied at the Royal College of Music in London and at Juilliard. He has soloed with numerous orchestras and was first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet from 1981 to 1995. Peter Oundjian made his formal conducting debut in 1995 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and has since conducted the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, and Berlin symphony orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Zurich Tonhalle, among others. He is the music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Caramoor Festival, and artistic director and principal guest conductor of the Detroit Symphony. He was recently appointed artistic director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Oundjian has been on faculty of the Yale School of Music since 1981.