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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs at the Collection Apr. 18

April 3, 2012

From Galant to Classical: chamber music of Couperin, C.P.E. Bach, and Haydn

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the Yale Baroque Ensemble, its ensemble in residence, in a concert on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

The concert, which will feature chamber music of Couperin, C.P.E. Bach, and Haydn, will take place at 8 pm at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The program is called From Galant to Classical and traces the transformation of style from the late Baroque to the Viennese Classical. The postgraduate Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE) will perform sonatas, suites, and quartets using the Collection’s quartet of modern Baroque instruments. This concert will mark the debut of the Collection’s new set of Classical bows, made by Stephen Marvin.

One of Couperin’s Concerts Royaux will open the program, and a viola sonata by C.P.E. Bach will follow. The concert will conclude with Haydn’s Quartet in C major, Op. 20, No. 2.

Robert Mealy, called “a world-class early music violinist” (New Yorker) and praised for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring” (Boston Globe), directs the ensemble.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance.

The concert is free, but tickets are required due to limited space. Tickets can be reserved in person at the Sprague Hall box office (470 College Street, New Haven). Phone and web reservations (available at music.yale.edu/concerts or by calling 203 432-4158) require a $1 service charge per ticket.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit www.yale.edu/musicalinstruments.

About the Performers

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by baroque violinist Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble at the Yale School of Music dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Using the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments’ set of new baroque instruments, members of the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785 to create idiomatic and virtuosic performances of this music. The Yale Baroque Ensemble is presented in a series of concerts each year, including a special appearance last spring at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as part of the Yale in New York series and an Italian tour with the Yale Schola Cantorum. As resident ensemble of the Collection of Musical Instruments, the Yale Baroque Ensemble performs recitals each term at 15 Hillhouse Avenue.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble plays on the YCMI’s collection of new baroque string instruments made by Jason Viseltear of New York City, after del Gesù, Amati, and Testore. Bows are from the YCMI collection, by David Hawthorne and Christopher English after seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century originals.