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Yale in New York celebrates Mozart birthday Jan. 27

January 23, 2013

The Yale in New York concert series at the Yale School of Music celebrates Mozart’s Birthday on Sunday, January 27. The concert takes place at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

There will also be a preview concert inMorse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall on the Yale campus on Thursday, January 24 at 5:30 pm. The preview concert is free and open to the public.

Performed on the actual anniversary of his birth, 257 years to the day, Yale in New York celebrates Mozart in the context of composers he both influenced and was influenced by.

YSM faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis playfully imagines Mozart’s travels through the United States, encountering its unique musical styles, in his three-minute string trio Mozart en Route (A Little Travelling Music).

The concert also features Mozart’s own transcriptions for string trio of three selected fugues by J.S. Bach, for which Mozart also wrote accompanying preludes.

Beethoven‘s seven variations on a theme from The Magic Flute will be performed by the faculty duo of Ole Akahoshi, cello, and Melvin Chen, piano.

It features an all-star faculty performance of one of Mozart’s masterpieces of the chamber repertoire, the Piano Quintet in G minor, with pianist Peter Frankl, violinist Ani Kavafian, violistEttore Causa, and cellist Ole Akahoshi.

Joining the faculty performers on the program are YSM student performers: violinists Nayeon Kim and Benjamin Hoffman, violist Kendra James, and cellist Arnold Choi.

Tickets at $15–$25 can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street and 7th Ave.), through CarnegieCharge at 212 247-7800, or at www.carnegiehall.org. Student and senior discounts are available.