Vista explores colorful range of chamber music Mar. 4

Concert features performances enhanced by commentary on the music

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 8 pm. The Vista series features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty, and who offer insightful spoken commentary on the music that they perform. This concert will feature music by Loeffler, Ravel, Sean Friar, and Prokofiev.

The program opens with music for strings with piano, beginning with Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola, and piano by the French-born American composer Charles Martin Loeffler. Next is Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano, in which the jazz and blues music of America infuses Ravel’s French harmonic language.

The second half opens with two pieces – “Wiggle Room” and “Lick Machine” – from Short Winds, a quintet for winds and harp by the young composer Sean Friar. The evening will close with Prokofiev’s brooding Violin Sonata in F minor, composed during the Communist Revolution. Prokofiev himself says that the piece should sound “like the wind in a graveyard.”

Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the YSM chamber music program and the director of the Vista series. The faculty coaches that have worked with the ensembles are Ettore Causa (Loeffler), Boris Berman (Ravel), Ransom Wilson (Friar), and Ani Kavafian (Prokofiev).

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. No tickets are required; the event 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 Student Chamber Music at YSM

The Yale School of Music is unique in that all performance faculty coach chamber music, and all students are involved in chamber music for their entire tenure at the School. Ensembles come together each semester and receive weekly coachings from distinguished faculty and guest artists. Chamber groups often perform in the Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts, which take place at both Morse Recital Hall and the Center for British Art, and in the Vista series, in which performances are enhanced by spoken commentary on the music. Students also take part in the annual chamber music competition, whose winners are featured in an annual Chamber Music Society concert.

Published February 27, 2013
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Eminent pianist Paul Lewis makes New Haven appearance Mar. 6

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by Paul Lewis on Wednesday, March 6.

In this recital, Lewis will perform Schubert’s last three sonatas: Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958, Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959, and Sonata No. 21 in B-flat major, D. 960. The three sonatas, composed during the last months of Schubert’s life in 1828, are considered among the most important of the composer’s masterpieces, exhibiting a rare depth of emotional expression that is often interpreted as autobiographical.

At the beginning of 2011, Mr. Lewis embarked on a two-year project to perform all of the mature piano works from the last six years of Schubert’s life. This effort has taken him to major venues worldwide, including performances in London, Tokyo, Melbourne, and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. MORE

Published February 27, 2013
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