Quicksilver performs at Collection of Musical Instruments Jan. 27th

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the baroque ensemble Quicksilver on Sunday, January 27. The newly-formed group will present a program called Fantasticus: the extravagant and virtuosic chamber music of 17th-century Germany.

The stylus fantasticus was a hallmark of the 17th-century German avant-garde that emphasizes both the genius of the composer and virtuosity of the performer. Here, the program will feature the imaginative masterworks of composers such as Bertali, Rosenmüller, Schmelzer, and Biber.

Quicksilver is led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski. The group’s performers have played together in some of America’s most distinguished early music ensembles, including the King’s Noyse, Musica Pacifica, Piffaro, and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Between them, they have appeared on well over one hundred early music recordings.

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 begins at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and Yale staff, and $10 for students. MORE

Published January 23, 2013
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Yale in New York celebrates Mozart birthday Jan. 27

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.

Published January 23, 2013
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Yale Opera presents a new production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Marc Verzatt is stage director; Speranza Scappucci returns as music director

The Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music will present an original production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi on February 15–17, 2013. A retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story, this bel canto masterpiece is “an opera of definite dramatic appeal” (New York Times) replete with “music of extraordinary grace” (All Music Guide).

Speranza Scappucci, who last year became the first woman to conduct a Yale Opera production, returns to conduct Capuleti. Maestro Scappucci has worked for several opera companies around the world as an assistant conductor, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Rome Opera, and the Salzburg Festival.

Marc Verzatt, named the Outstanding Stage Director of the Year in 2006 by Classical Singer magazine, is the stage director. Verzatt has directed numerous Yale Opera productions, including The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, and La bohème.

Tony nominee Riccardo Hernandez is the set designer. To view a video of Hernandez on set at the Yale Repertory Theatre, click here.

The production also features costume design by John Carver Sullivan, the head of the theater program at SCSU, and lighting design by Yale Opera favorite William Warfel.

Performances will take place at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater. Singers are all students in the prestigious Yale Opera program, which is directed by Doris Yarick-Cross. The production will feature the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, the School of Music’s premier ensemble.

I Capuleti e i Montecchi will be sung in Italian with projected English translations. Performances take place February 15–17 at the Shubert Theater (247 College Street). The Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm; the Sunday performance is at 2 pm. Tickets are available at the Shubert Theater box office, online at www.shubert.com, or by phone at 203 562-5666.

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

Published January 18, 2013
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Yale Philharmonia performs music from Rome to Russia January 25


Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale

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.

Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet

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 HilgertHana BeloglavecBenjamin 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. MORE

Published January 16, 2013
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Pianist Lindsay Garritson takes third prize in Bosendorfer ASU piano competition

Lindsay Garritson ’10MM, ’11AD won the bronze medal at the Bosendorfer ASU Piano Competition this past Sunday, January 13. The competition took place at the ASU School of Music in Tempe, Arizona.

Forty-two outstanding pianists from around the globe traveled to Tempe, Ariz. in January as the ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts hosted the Sixth Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions in collaboration with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Young Artist Committee, Bösendorfer, Yamaha, and the Arizona Piano Gallery.

A total of 198 pianists from 31 countries applied to compete. The 42 selected by a screening committee competed in the semi-final and final rounds for prizes including over $50,000 of cash awards, engagements with the Phoenix Symphony, and recital performances in the United States, Austria, and Germany for the winners. Read about the competitors here.

Pianist Lindsay Garritson has performed throughout the United States and abroad since the age of four. She has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Orquestra Sinfônica Barra Mansa (Brazil), the Yale Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Philharmonic Orchestra (France), St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, University City Symphony, Alton Symphony, Belleville Philharmonic, and the Principia College Orchestra.

Lindsay has received top prizes at the 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition, the 2011 Woolsey Concerto Competition (Yale), the 2010 Mozarteum International Chopin Competition (Salzburg), the Fite Family Competition, the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society, the Sarasota Artist Series Competition, the Connecticut Music Teachers Young Artist Competition, and the Music Teacher National Association’s Young Artist’s Competition. MORE

Published January 15, 2013
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David Hill to join choral conducting faculty at YSM and ISM

David Hill has been appointed Professor (Adj.) of Choral Conducting in the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music and as Principal Conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum. Martin Jean, the director of the ISM, made the announcement earlier this week. The three-year term of the joint appointment begins July 1, 2013.

At Yale, Hill will serve as principal conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum, as well as participate in the training of choral conducting majors with Profs. Marguerite L. Brooks and Jeffrey Douma, and with Masaaki Suzuki, who will remain affiliated with Schola Cantorum as Principal Guest Conductor. MORE

Published January 11, 2013
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Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, Ettore Causa, Ole Akahoshi perform together Jan. 23

Concert features piano quartets by Mozart and Dvorák

The Yale School of Music presents four faculty performers in a performance of piano quartets on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 pm. The concert, which is part of the Faculty Artist Series, features Ani Kavafian, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Peter Frankl, piano.

The concert will feature three quartets for piano and strings, beginning with Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, considered the first major piece in the genre, and Quartet in E-flat major, written less than a year after the first piece.

Also on the program is Dvorák’s masterful Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 87, “an unfailing crowd-pleaser… possessed of an originality that makes it worthy to stand beside the more complex corners of Brahms’ chamber output” (All Music Guide).

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published January 7, 2013
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Violinist Wendy Sharp and friends perform Jan. 20

Concert features music by Mozart, Dvorák, Honegger

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Wendy Sharp and friends in a concert on Sunday afternoon, January 20. Sharp will be joined by violist Marka Gustavsson, cellist Mimi Hwang, and faculty pianist Melvin Chen. The program will include chamber music by Mozart, Dvorák, and Honegger.

Wendy Sharp and Melvin Chen are both members of the Yale School of Music faculty. Marka Gustavsson serves on the Bard College faculty and is a member of the Colorado Quartet; Mimi Hwang plays in the Amenda Quartet and teaches at the Eastman School of Music.

Two duets for strings will open the concert: Mozart‘s elegant Duo for violin and viola in B-flat major, K. 424, and Honegger‘s Sonatine for violin and cello, “a work of elegance and style” (All Music Guide) written in 1932.

All four performers come together for the concert’s final piece, Dvorák‘s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 87, “an unjustly neglected masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire” (AMG).

The concert begins at 4 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published January 4, 2013
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Tokyo String Quartet performs in Morse Recital Hall for the last time Jan. 22

Concert features string quartets by Haydn, Bartók, Mendelssohn

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring the Tokyo String Quartet on Tuesday, January 22. It will be the group’s last performance on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music; this is the ensemble’s last season before retirement. In this valedictory performance, the quartet will perform music by Hadyn, Bartók, and Mendelssohn.

For the past 42 years, the Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics with “rock-solid ensemble playing and immaculate, razor-edged precision” (Washington Post). Since 1976, they have also been in residence at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music and mentoring young ensembles.

The concert opens with Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, nicknamed “Rider” for the galloping rhythms in the last movement. Bartók’s Fourth String Quartet, composed in 1927, follows.

Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 4 in E minor, written in 1837, was one of the composer’s favorites, and it was immediately popular with audiences as well. The piece will be the last that the quartet plays on the stage of Morse Recital Hall.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets are $30–$40, $20 with student ID. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

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Published January 3, 2013
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Recent press about the YSM community

In the Financial Times, Harry Eyres praised a concert he’d heard this past summer at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival: “Two of my musical highlights this year were dark, rich confrontations with mortality as interpreted by artists bringing all their life-experience to bear on music of almost unbearable poignancy.”

One of these highlights was the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, “played at the Music Shed in Norfolk, Connecticut, by an inspired David Shifrin and the Tokyo String Quartet. This last performance was made especially poignant by the Tokyo String Quartet’s announcement that this would be their last season, and by a conversation I’d had a couple of days before with viola-player Kazuhide Isomura, in which he poured out memories of 40 years of the quartet’s history.” Click here to read the full article.

Harvard Magazine featured faculty composer Hannah Lash ’12AD in a recent article that began: “There is nothing casual about the music of composer Hannah Lash.” “I’m drawn to highly, highly pigmented emotions,” the magazine quotes her as saying. “Things have to be the most fully realized they can possibly be.” Read the full article here. MORE

Published January 2, 2013
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