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Yale Philharmonia performs music from Rome to Russia January 25
The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia and conductor Shinik Hahm in a concert of music from Rome to Russia on Friday, January 25, 2013. The concert, which includes music by Respighi, Koetsier, and Tchaikovsky, will takes place at 8 pm.
Respighi‘s symphonic poem The Pines of Rome opens the program, offering listeners the chance to hear the Newberry Organ in an orchestral performance. YSM student Dexter Kennedy, recognized as a “Rising Star” by the American Guild of Organists, will be the organist.
The program continues with a performance of Jan Koetsier’s Concertino for trombone quartet and string orchestra. The piece features the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet, one of the winners of last year’s Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The members of the quartet are Timothy Hilgert, Hana Beloglavec, Benjamin Firer, and Jeffrey Arredondo.
The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky‘s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, a piece representing the composer’s dark view of the world: that “all life is an unbroken alternation of hard reality with swiftly passing dreams and visions of happiness.”
The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Woolsey Hall (located at 500 College Street, corner of Grove Street). For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.
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.
Shinik Hahm has been conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale since 2004. His conducting students have won top prizes at the Besançon, Pedrotti, Toscanini, and China National competitions. A dynamic and innovative conductor, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. Most recently, as the chief conductor of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, Hahm led the orchestra on tour with concerts at the General Assembly of the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. He also served with same capacity with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001 to 2006, during which the orchestra has earned national and international acclaim through concert tours in the U.S. and Japan. Shinik Hahm has won the Gregor Fitelberg Competition, the Walter Hagen Prize (Eastman School of Music), and the Shepherd Society Award (Rice University). He was decorated by the Korean government with the Arts and Culture Medal.
The Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet was founded in the fall of 2011 by Jeffrey Arredondo, Hana Beloglavec, Benjamin Firer, and Timothy Hilgert. After less than three months together, the Handsome Dans received an honorable mention in the International Trombone Association’s (ITA) Trombone Quartet Competition. Shortly after, the quartet went on to become the first chamber group and the first brass instrumentalists to win the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition at the Yale School of Music. The members of the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet have been successful as solo trombonists as well, competing in and winning various ITA solo competitions, being named first prize winner at the Division 2 Susan Slaughter International Solo Competition at the International Women’s Brass Conference, and winning the Yale Chamber Music Society Competition. The members of the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet hail from throughout the United States, including Texas, Michigan, New York, and Georgia, and are coached by their professor, Scott Hartman.