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Winds of France to serenade concertgoers Feb. 14

January 18, 2012

Featuring the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, “a jewel in this nation’s musical crown”

The Yale School of Music presents Winds of France, a concert of French chamber music, on Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day. The performers are part of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, called “a marvelous ensemble… committed and passionate” by the San Francisco Classical Voice. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

“It would be hard to name more superior proponents of their instruments than the members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,” writes the Post-Gazette. Three of the performers are also Yale faculty: Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; and William Purvis, horn. Rounding out the ensemble are Alessio Bax, piano; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; and Peter Kolkay, bassoon.

The concert features a variety of music for winds instruments, including two wind quintets: Jean Françaix’s Quintet from 1948, and Jacques Ibert’s Trois Pièces Brèves (three short pieces) from 1930.

The program also explores unfamiliar gems of the French repertoire, including Maurice Emmanuel’s Sonata for flute, clarinet, and piano, Op. 11 (1907) and Yan Maresz’s Circumambulation for flute (1993, rev. 1996).

All six performers will come together for the concert’s finale, Francis Poulenc’s Sextet for winds and piano (written 1932–39).

Tickets are $20–$30, $10 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

This concert is presented by the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

About the Performers

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMSLC) is one of twelve constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. CMSLC presents chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period in its extensive concert season in New York, its national tours, its many recordings and national radio broadcasts, its broad commissioning program, and its multi-faceted educational programs. The artistic core of CMS is a multi-generational, dynamic repertory company of expert chamber musicians who form an evolving musical community.  CMSLC produces its own recordings on the CMS Studio Recordings label, which has been highly praised for both the artistry and the recorded sound of its eclectic repertoire.  CMS also has a broad range of historic recordings on the Arabesque, Delos, SONY Classical, Telarc, Musical Heritage Society, MusicMasters, and Omega Record Classics labels. Selected live CMS concerts are available for download as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s DG Concerts series. In 2004, CMS appointed cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han artistic directors. They succeed founding director Charles Wadsworth (1969-89), Fred Sherry (1989-93), and David Shifrin (1993-2004).

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