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Dancing Through Time: May 3 concert features suites by Lully, Purcell, Rameau

Baroque orchestra led by Robert Mealy

The Yale School of Music will present a concert called Dancing Through Time on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8 pm. Featuring orchestral suites by Lully, Purcell, and Rameau, the concert will take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The concert explores the rich world of the French Baroque suite, with dances from Lully’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Purcell’s King Arthur, as well as an orchestral suite taken from Rameau’s astonishing score of Dardanus.

Members of the orchestra have been studying baroque performance with Robert Mealy, a professor of violin and early music at Yale. Described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” Mealy leads ensembles such as the Yale Collegium Musicum players and the Yale Baroque Ensemble.

Students in his baroque orchestral performance class perform on the Yale School of Music’s replicas of baroque instruments, and string players utilize the School’s collection of baroque bows.

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

About the Director

One of America’s leading historical string players, Robert Mealy has been praised by the Boston Globe for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring.” He has performed on over fifty recordings on most major labels. In New York he is a frequent leader and soloist with the New York Collegium, ARTEK, Early Music New York, and the Clarion Society. He leads the distinguished Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and has appeared as guest concertmaster and director with the Phoenix Symphony. A devoted chamber musician, he is a member of the medieval ensemble Fortune’s Wheel, the Renaissance violin band The King’s Noyse, and the seventeenth-century ensemble Spiritus Collective. Since 2002 he has performed frequently at Yale as director of the Yale Collegium Musicum players, and he received Early Music America’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching at Yale and Harvard in 2004. He joined the School of Music faculty in 2008.