Sweet Honey in the Rock performs in Woolsey Hall Jan. 15

(Photo courtesy of Sweet Honey in the Rock)

The internationally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform a free concert as part of Yale’s annual campus-wide celebration of the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The concert will take place Sunday, January 15, at 3 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets). The concert is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required; the doors will open at 2:30 pm. Donations will be collected for the American Refugee Committee and Christian Community Action.  MORE

Published January 10, 2012
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Faculty artists perform Brahms chamber music Jan. 31

Concert features Boris Berman, Ettore Causa, Clive Greensmith, & more

The Yale School of Music presents four prestigious performers in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Tuesday, January 31. Pianist Boris Berman, violinist Julie Eskar, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Clive Greensmith (pictured at left, best known as part of the Tokyo String Quartet) will join forces for an all-Brahms program.

The concert will open with two Brahms trios: the Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40, and the Trio in A minor, Op. 114. The first trio was originally written for violin, horn, and piano, and here will be performed with viola instead of horn. The second piece, originally for clarinet, cello, and piano, will be performed in the version featuring violin instead of clarinet.

All four performers will come together to conclude the concert with Brahms’s Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60. The quartet is one of Brahms’s darkest chamber works, outside of the lushly serene third movement, and is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s love for Clara Schumann.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. MORE

Published January 10, 2012
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Violinist Wendy Sharp & friends perform chamber music of France

January 29 concert features music of Fauré, Ravel, and Milhaud

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Wendy Sharp (pictured at left) in a concert of French chamber music on Sunday, January 29th at 4 pm. Sharp will be joined by violist Marka Gustavsson, cellist Mimi Hwang, and pianist Melvin Chen. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Wendy Sharp is a member of the Yale School of Music faculty and the winner of numerous competitions. Collectively, Gustavsson, Hwang, and Chen are on the faculty at institutions such as the Bard College Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Yellow Barn, and are members of ensembles including the Colorado Quartet and the Amenda Quartet.

The program will include two duets: Milhaud‘s Sonatine for violin and viola, and Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello, a tribute to the memory of Debussy with subtle nods to Bartók and Kodaly. The concert will conclude with Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15, which is full of “refined sensuality, elegance, and craftsmanship” (Classical Music Guide). MORE

Published January 10, 2012
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